A dystopia is an imagined future or fictional world where conditions of human life have become degraded as a result of technology and/or government policy. Dystopias often draw upon details of modern life and exaggerate them to extremes in order to explore what the natural conclusion of our actions might be and to criticize the implications of decisions being made today.
In the book Unwind, government policy has instituted a system where children live their lives in constant fear of being "unwound," or disassembled—a process in which their organs are used for medical purposes. It takes place in an imaginary future, and the conditions of modern human life are largely unchanged outside of the plot-driving factors. The book exaggerates the extent to which humans are considered disposable in order to explore what disposability means to people like prisoners and workers today.
Merriam Webster's Dictionary defines "dystopian" as "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often...
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