My definition of a dystopia is a dysfunctional society that appears to be perfect on the surface, but in reality there is a lot of pain and suffering. For example, in the novel the Giver by Lois Lowry the majority of the population is protected from knowing about bad things such as war, famine, disease etc. and as a result they are controlled by their government and can be killed for disobeying the rules. The population views this as normal and the system is able to continue.
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