Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guest Post: 10 Things I’d Be Glad to Ditch in a Dystopian Future by Lisa T. Bergren + Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway!!

About Remnants: Season of Wonder
Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri's feelings for Ronan--the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over 2.5 million copies sold. She has written best-selling children’s books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at

10 Things I’d Be Glad to Ditch in a Dystopian Future
By Lisa T. Bergren 

Yesterday, I posted about things I’d miss in a dystopian future. Today, I’m thinking about things I’d be glad went away (and why). Here are my top 10 on that front…

1. Make-up. Now to be fair, I’m an author and three out of four days, I can bail on this regimen and go au natural, because no one sees me except the family and our dog. But I feel somewhat naked going out without it, and I’d love it if I didn’t feel that pressure…and it would help if all the other women out there didn’t have any on either. Just the idea of it makes me feel like we’d all be a bit more real.
2. My hair regimen. I love my hair products and hair dryer as much as the next girl. But I suppose I’d have to just grow it out longer so I could pull it back in a ponytail (or matronly bun???). And I suppose it’d evolve back to its more natural mousy brown and I’d have to get used to it. But I’d be relieved of the expensive every-6-or-7-weeks trip to the salon to lay down a whole lot of money for something I just have to wash-rinse-and-repeat again.
3. Noise. Without cars, electricity, phones, appliances…the world would be blessedly quiet, I imagine.
4. Divided living. If a family had to concentrate on survival, I imagine we’d hang out more, work together, play together, learn together. I imagine closer family units across the board, which would help form closer communities. In our current world it seems like there’s a whole lot of solitary living and individual goals, rather than corporate dreams and decisions.
5. School schedules. I adore our public school system and thank my children’s teachers from the bottom of my heart, but I wouldn’t mind teaching them myself, when and how I wished. You know, if there was no little country schoolhouse down the road.
6. Fast food. I’d drop twenty pounds, easy. That’s not to say I wouldn’t probably want to give my right arm for a Chick-fil-a sandwich or a juicy chargrilled cheeseburger, but I’d be healthier for sure.
7. Pollution. No one would miss smog. Though it does make for a pretty sunset at the beach.
8. Not knowing my neighbors. (See #4)
9. Phones. I would SO miss being able to reach out and touch my family and friends via phone. But I would NOT miss the sales calls and politicians.
10. Stuff. I have so much STUFF in my house. I visualize a future world as much more simplistic….

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What would you like to ditch in a future world that was devoid of technology and much of what makes our lives “easier” today? Why? Comment below!


Julie said...

I think I would go with cell phones. While I think they are wonderful inventions, after all they kept me connected to my daughters when they were young drivers, they distract from having actual conversations with people. I was recently in line at a grocery store where the woman ahead of me never got off of her phone the entire time she stood in line. She never greeted the cashier, she never thanked the cashier she never acknowledged the cashier. I find that not only rude, but also sad. I also found it a bit ironic that when I left the woman was still on her phone in the parking lot randomly looking for her car! She was so focused on her phone, obviously from the time she parked to the time she left, that she had no idea where she had parked! That my friends is a problem!! And really don't even get me started on the phones ringing during church service!!! Seriously, sometimes we just need to disconnect and focus on what really matters. Ok, that is my technology rant.

Anonymous said...

Your list looks just exactly like mine! Love it.

Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

Thanks for hosting me on the tour, Mel!

Lora said...

I wouldn't miss the routine of modern day life. Sometimes I feel like we are so trapped in our routines we miss the opportunity to really live life.

Shondra said...

I think IPOD's. The three munchkins in our house (10, 10 and 13) are so addicted to them (especially the 13 y.o.). While we work with them (him) to teach balance and self-control, it's difficult with the others in his grade that have phones, etc. Right now in our lives, doing without that device would make things so much easier!

Unknown said...

I guess cell phones would be my answer as well.

Ashes0249 said...

Great Excerpt, love the cover

Ashes0249 said...

The laptops I guess. They take up so many lives and make you forget about the good things in your life.

Unknown said...

Car maintenance. Love the car, not so much having to take care of it.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I will not miss political advertising and phone polls. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Despoina said...

Telephone. Not much of a talker.

greeneyedsadie said...

Electronic billboards and advertisements flashing everywhere you go!

hwf said...

The internet and cell phones would not be missed by me. I do love them and use them all the time, but without them I feel I would spend more time with people I love, doing things I love with them :)

Anonymous said...

I could absolutely do without the separation that comes with living so far apart from families!

Anonymous said...

Ditto to #4

Unknown said...

I agree with pretty much everything on your list. Getting rid of all those things would make life so much simpler.

Anna said...

Nice list! I think I'd agree with just about all of it. Especially the makeup. Lol!

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