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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Dystopian Novel The Coming Race

Edward Bulwer Lytton’s novel The Coming Race is a science fiction/dystopian novel which describes a dominant utopian society. A significant component of the storyline involves the Vril-ya society. The narrator encounters bizarre experiences while visiting them and sees the nation as a threat to humankind. Bulwer-Lytton attempts to debate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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Author: Edward Bulwer – Lytton

Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopian

Pages: 292

Goodreads Rating: 3.23 of 5

My Rating: 6.9 of 10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel The Coming Race

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The narrator of the story pays a visit to an engineer friend. The friend explores a natural chasm breached by a new exploratory mine shaft. He returns, fearful of signs of sentient down below. The narrator of the story convinces him to return below and the following day they descend into the depths using a rope. Unfortunately, the rope breaks and kills the engineer. The narrator finds his way into a subterranean world occupied by beings who seem to resemble angels.

He sees a city reminiscent of ancient Egyptian architecture. There he meets a man and his family, and the narrator unconsciously teaches them English. Zee, the daughter of the man, looks very interested in the visitor, she tells him they are Vril-ya, descendants of Ana. He learns that they are originally surface dwellers, who live underground over thousands of years. They gained power by fighting and facing difficult conditions of the atmosphere. This place houses 12 000 families.

The powers of people able them to change, destroy and heal everything. The primary tool among their capabilities includes Vril that spiritually elevates them. Zee falls in love with the narrator. The narrator notices women seem physically stronger than men and only marry for three years. After they finished the three years of marriage, they can re-marry again. Zee’s proposal brings an announcement of death for him and she helps him escape safely. He tells everyone about them on his safe return and warns people about the future.

Final Say on The Dystopian Novel The Coming Race

This novel receives a 6.9 out of 10. This novel is a pleasure reading and gives a unique scenery of future humanity. If we see it as a parody of Darwin’s theory of Revolution. The storyline offers a peculiar description of humans. It is an interesting story to read, and I recommend the novel to anyone interested in science fiction and extraordinary storylines.

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