When Dystopia Meets Mystery: Background information when reading Leave the World Behind

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Leave the World Behind

by Rumaan Alam

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
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    Oct 2020, 256 pages
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    Nov 23, 2021, 320 pages

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When Dystopia Meets Mystery

This article relates to Leave the World Behind

With his novel Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam explores how a group of isolated strangers react to an unspecified threat that is sweeping across New York. By hinting at the disaster's cause and effect, but depriving both his characters and his readers of concrete answers, he is able to tap into our inherent fear of the unknown.

Though wholly original in tone and execution, the book is not the first to dip into the dystopian genre without providing wider context, using an apocalyptic setup as a springboard to explore the human response to fear itself. Here are a few other novels that take this same core notion in entirely different but equally fascinating directions.

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