Wednesday 4 October 2017

Cloud Zombie’s Land of Post-Apocalypse and Dystopia

Welcome to Cloud Zombie’s Land of Post Apocalypse and Dystopia! This little segment is not really for reviews but instead it has me talking about some of my favourite dystopia/post-apocalyptic fiction (Films, Tv, Books and Games). They are not always necessarily good or bad, some of them are bloody atrocious but sometimes that can make it more fun. You get to choose if you want to give them a try if you haven’t already seen them.

Film: Logan’s Run

Plot summary courtesy of IMDB.

Sometime in the 23rd century... the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo- mechanisms which provide everything.

There's just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of carousel...

Note: I would say spoilers for this next selection but the film was released in 1976 so if you haven’t got the drop on this then it can’t be helped.

Logan’s Run is a very iconic film that hold a special place in my heart. It has so much charm in the setting of this film that I fall in love with it every time I watch it. Life under the domes of the sealed-in city seems pretty sweet, life seems to be all about luxury, pleasure and indulging yourself in any way possible. Anyone would be drawn to this life and would most certainly sign on the dotted line for a chance to just live your life without worry. The small print however is not quite what people have signed up for, life begins at thirty but for the people of the domes it ends and they are supposedly reborn to start the cycle again.

How these people hadn’t worked out that this was a lie before I don’t know.

I feel bad for the Sandmen which are a kind of law enforcement, they are basically enforcing the slaughter of people they probably know well and even view as family.

They are only enforcing this because they believe the people they have known will be reborn and they will meet again in the next cycle of life.

Let’s cycle through to the end, the time of the domes is over. Logan and Jessica already know what they are dealing with now with what’s going on in the outside world. Their life clock crystals have turned white and they feel as if life has just become something new entirely.

What I’d really like to know is what happens to the humans after this point. Do they venture out into the world or stay close to the dome? Do they learn from the old man about their history, what are Jessica and Logan’s children like? Finally, do the cats become friends to the dome dwellers?

Also this guy manages to freak me out and annoy me at the same time. Look at this shiny metal monster, I wouldn’t want to run into him in a dark alley I’ll tell you that!

TV Series: Revolution

Plot summary courtesy of IMDB.

Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government.

Revolution has all the hallmarks of a post-apocalyptic story with so many additional story lines and plot twists. The way normal modern living ends is very different other PA stories, there are some underlying and somewhat sinister reasons. Things are explained better if you actually watch the show.

We are not that far into the future after everything went to hell, people remember their lives before that fateful night and some even miss the lives they had before the power went out. The whole planet was sent back to basic ways of living, food and medicine was running out and people were killing each other.

The characters are very relatable because they have only really just experienced this and you can kind of understand how they react to the situation happening around them, the show making it easy to see yourself in their shoes.

I’d love to see a spin off series of what is happening in the rest of the world and see how they are dealing with the situation.

Book: FEED (Newsflesh series) by Mira Grant

Plot summary courtesy of Goodreads.

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

I first discovered this book though E14 back when their site was new and going through reviews like nobody’s business. It’s around the time that I was on a zombie binge. Anything zombie-themed I could get my hands on I would watch, read or listen to it.

FEED was pretty edgy in the zombie novel genre and I lapped it up! A zombie novel centered around blogging and social media - what wasn’t to like? I got pretty wrapped up with the world in which FEED takes place. A zombies virus has taken over the world via the mixing of two lifesaving viruses. One virus cures colds and flu, the other cures cancer. Never getting a cold or developing cancer is great but now the dead walk and people live in fear for their life every day.

The real news in this is reported through bloggers, due to their ability to communicate the truth without glossing over it. The actual establishment media are barely listened to throughout, due to their part during the rising that got many people killed and turned. This has been a big thing lately with the whole "fake news" thing, leaders of certain countries lying as well as efforts by various parties to censor the Internet. I feel that we could be heading towards times where we won’t know who to believe, which makes this especially relevant today.

As always, Thank you for reading!

Kat (aka Cloud Zombie) is a daydreaming enthusiast and self-professed Minecraft/Sims junkie from Kent, England.

She blogs about her passions over at cloudzombie, covering everything from video games, movies and TV all the way to baking.

Update: For those interested in Survivalism, we got sent this cool article from the good folks at basisgear which might be up your street: 34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalist Should Know. Let us know what you think!

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