We, as such beautifully imperfect creatures, crave perfection. We long for that perfect existence where everything is ideal and fair and safe. So we try. We create laws. We enforce rules. We embrace change, fight change, dream of change. Then, when the bad things still happen, we question everything. Can we make utopia? Who knows if the answer will ever be found. That is why we create dystopian stories. To read, work out, understand and even enjoy the idea of society gone wrong. Perfection would be too boring. We need imperfection to fight, to live, to learn and grow.
Dystopians are not only about society gone wrong. They are about the people living in that society who choose to stand up and do something about their existence. They are beautiful. And imperfect. Some fight and fail. Others rise to the top and succeed. And in the end, we all learn that even at its worse, life is worth living. That is a dystopian. And I love it.
PRISON NATION was inspired from one little moment that grew into an entire world. Many say this story is frightening in the sense that so much of it is already happening. Laws are intense and getting more strict every day. Prisons are overfilled and growing. We fear we have all lost control. In PRISON NATION, that is the world. Prisons and control and laws, all the way to the point that children are raised behind bars and freedom is just a dream. So what would you do? How would you survive in a world where near everything is illegal? From an inspiration to a project to a debut novel, PRISON NATION is a journey I fell in love with every word of the way. I hope you do too.
--Jenni Merritt, author of Prison Nation (One of 11 authors in What Tomorrow May Bring)