Requiem by Lauren Oliver (and implications on the current election)

Ah, the real-world implications of this story!

But first, I like the alternating between Lana this time and age and inside view of the “zombie “world.

And this story gets amazingly suspenseful. I thought it was a good ending to the trilogy.

But I have to be honest. This story really scared me.

It made me think about this election. And human rights.

Because we live in a world that some people think that if you’re convicted of something, you shouldn’t have any rights. That you can be treated like not human. That you can be tortured. And this story brought into focus how easy it is for people to be wrongly convicted. Wrongly imprisoned. Sometimes the state makes a mistake. Sometimes the state purposefully convicts and innocent person. Sometimes the state willfully votes into laws things that are immoral – when people break these laws, they are technically doing something illegal. But not wrong. Not immoral.

I know all this – just read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessor Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II . It still happens. But stories exist to remind us of truth.

But groups of people don’t believe it. They don’t think people are wrongly convicted or imprisoned. They don’t think that there are any laws that are wrong.

This is scary to me.

Something to think about.

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