An open letter to everyone writing a dystopia.
If you are writing a mystery, your job is to keep your readers asking that question right up until the big reveal.
If you are writing a dystopia, on the other hand, your job is to keep your readers from asking that question.
Your job, as a writer of dystopia, is to convince me, the reader, that this could happen. Your explanation doesn’t have to be given at the beginning, but you do need to convince me from the beginning that you HAVE an explanation. If I spend half my time asking WHY people in your dystopia don’t just change things, you’re doing it wrong. That is not the question you want me to ask. Because if I’m asking it, it means you have failed to convince me you have an answer.