#Spotlight on Mikhaeyla Kopievsky of Resistance (Divided Elements #1)

It was great to be interviewed by one of the first readers of my blog! You can read the original post over on Lit World Interviews, a great site which supports authors and introduces them to new readers.

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MIKHAEYLA KOPIEVSKY is an independent speculative fictionML Profile Photo author who loves writing about complex and flawed characters in stories that explore philosophy, sociology and politics. She holds degrees in International Relations, Journalism, and Environmental Science.  A former counter-terrorism advisor, she has travelled to and worked in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Mikhaeyla lives in the Hunter Valley, Australia, with her husband and son. Divided Elements | Resistance is her debut offering.

  1. What’s Resistance about?

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) is the story of Anaiya 234 – a Peacekeeper of the Fire Element who patrols Otpor’s streets enforcing the Orthodoxy. In Otpor, a future post-apocalyptic Paris, Reistance book covverlife is a utopia – debauchery, security and stability are all provided by the Cooperative and maintained by strict adherence to the ruling ideology. Wrong action is termed Unorthodoxy and punished in a way similar to how crimes are dealt with in these days – retraint…

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#Spotlight on Mikhaeyla Kopievsky of Resistance (Divided Elements #1)

Resistance (Divided Elements #1)

The day has finally arrived! My speculative fiction / dystopian novel Resistance (Divided Elements #1) is now available for purchase!

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To celebrate, I want to share with you some of my favourite excerpts from the reviews I have been getting on Goodreads. It has been such a beautiful and humbling experience to hear what readers have to say after finishing Resistance. Enjoy!

“A whirlwind cross between Fahrenheit 451 and Divergent. This novel grabs your attention and keeps it locked in place for 34 chapters.”

“Resistance isn’t like other dystopian novels you’ve read.”

“I couldn’t put this book down. Or I didn’t want to put this book down because I had to put it down many different times throughout the day and each time, I was incredibly disappointed that I wasn’t in the middle of the action of the book. I needed to know what was happening next and if I wasn’t experiencing it, I wanted to be.”

“This was an amazing book. A fantastic book. Something that I would read again in a heartbeat (and probably will, once I’m done with the next book on my list). Any book that makes me want to read it again and again to absorb everything it’s made of is something rare and I don’t think it’s going to happen more than a handful of times in the next year.”

“At first, you might think this is your typical dystopian future civilization YA novel. And you’re kind of right. But you’re also kind of wrong.”

“I would highly recommend this novel to fans of dystopian fiction such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. The novel also reminded me of the video games République and the post-Paris cyberpunk adventure,Remember Me in setting and tone. But none of these other works do the novel justice: in Resistance, Indie author Mikhaeyla Kopievsky manages to create fresh and new dystopia worth exploring.”

“I’m excited to see where Divided Elements goes from here. It’s definitely a series to keep an eye on. If you’re looking a dystopian novel that’s original and entertaining, no look further.”

“I freakin loved this book!”

“I loved this as a first book in the series. I really hope that the rest of the series would be as amazing. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!!”

“This is a delightfully complex story and I enjoyed immersing myself in this richly detailed otherworld.”

“This book. Is. Awesome. It’s Divergent’s bigger, badder, tougher, realer older sister. So much more than your basic dystopian fill-in-the-blanks, Resistance has amazing, almost magical worldbuilding.”

“I was attracted to this book by its cover and for once I was not disappointed.”

“This is probably one of only a handful of sci-fi books that I have read and liked. The plot is engaging and a one of a kind story that is fresh and interesting.”

“This was an interesting and quite quirky dystopian science fiction novel in which the author shows alot of flair and heavy doses of imagination.”

“I loved Resistance! It was well written, the characters were amazing and the story was awesome.”

Resistance (Divided Elements #1)

5 signs you are living in a dystopia

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

It’s getting harder and harder to separate fact from fiction these days. Is art imitating life or vice versa? To help you make sense of all this craziness, here are five signs that might tip you off to the fact you are living in a dystopian novel…

5. Ideas are illegal

In functional societies, only actions are judged on their legality. It all goes back to Common Law – illegality was just another way of saying “you messed up and, because of that, someone is now worse off”. But, as law has evolved, people have realised that it is a very useful tool for controlling large populations. Now, anything can be illegal. Including ideas.

Where you’ve read this:

In 1984, George Orwell painted a pretty bleak picture of a Government that controlled everything, including ideas. Thought police monitored the population of Oceania, looking for (and swiftly dealing with) any hint of Thoughtcrime, those unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose the ruling party.

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury gives us Guy Montag – the story’s conflicted protagonist whose job it is to burn outlawed books.

resistance-kindleIn my book, Resistance (Divided Elements #1), the utopian conditions of debauchery, security and stability are provided by Otpor’s Orthodoxy, and the ultimate crime of Heterodoxy is the simple act of holding and perpetuating an ideology at odds with the status quo.

How you’ve lived this:

Book bans – did you know that Huxley’s Brave New World was Banned in Ireland and Australia in the 1930s and Orwell’s Animal Farm is still banned in North Korea and censored in Vietnam? Even Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham has been banned (China, 1965)! The burkini ban in France. Calls for the banning of Halal certification in Australia.

4. Protests are not tolerated

In functional societies, citizens are able to express both their satisfaction and dissatisfaction with the ruling class and other institutions (corporations, international bodies, universities, etc). Protests are a way for the masses to mobilise support and show their strength (and dissatisfaction) in numbers. But, people in power don’t like protests – it’s not a good look and it’s definitely not the kind of attention they want. So, they find new ways of shutting them down.

Where you’ve read this:

In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins shows what a violent response to a peaceful protest can look like. The simple act of a three fingered salute can result in extra-judicial executions and mass violence on the spot.

make-roomIn Make Room! Make Room!, Harry Harrison gives readers a terrifying glimpse of an extreme reaction to a peaceful protest by ‘eldsters’, involving some memory-core barbed wire dropped from helicopters and lashing out like frenzied cobras (my analogy, not his).

How you’ve lived this:

Tiananmen Square. IMF protests. Arab Spring violence. Police in riot gear with water hoses, batons, capsicum spray and guns. Governments passing anti-protesting legislation – like what’s occurring in Australia, where states are considering and passing legislation to make environmental protests illegal. And in BREAKING NEWS, apparently there is a bill being considered in Indiana that would give police the power to shut down protests ‘by any means necessary’.

3. The Government is keeping tabs on everything you do, say, purchase, send, sell…

In functional societies, there is a healthy distance (and respect for that distance) between the private and public lives of citizens. What you do in your own time in your own home you’re your own resources (insofar as it is not breaking the law) should be your own business. Except that knowledge is power. And governments like power. And what better way to get (and maintain) power, than knowing everything about everyone.

Where you’ve read this:

1984In 1984, Orwell introduces us to the concept of Big Brother, the seemingly omniscient, omnipresent and somewhat enigmatic figurehead who is always ‘watching you’.

In Resistance (Divided Elements #1), the Otpor Cooperative keeps extensive logs of personal information and compliance history on citizen wristplates, which can be accessed and updated by Fire and Water officials.

How you’ve lived this:

Metadata legislation. The Australia Card. NSA Surveillance. Government access to social media.

2. Corporations are the new leaders

In functional societies, governments intervene to correct for market failures – flaws in the financial system that, left unchecked, generate undesirable outcomes and inefficiencies. But, big business doesn’t like being regulated and they typically have the money to entice governments to stay at arm’s length. That’s a lot of power and leverage for a small minority of people who are not beholden to democratic processes and who are motivated by personal wealth and not the greater good.

Where you’ve read this:

In Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, readers are introduced to Innovative Online Industries, the global communications and technology corporation that dominates the internet service industry through its administration of virtual world OASIS and the lucrative market of goods and services within it.

company-townIn Madeline Ashby’s Company Town, the story plays out against the backdrop of a city-sized oil rig called New Arcadia, located off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes and owned by one very wealthy and powerful family – Lynch Ltd.

How you’ve lived this:

Today, the world’s richest 8 individuals hold as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity.

1. It’s all about building walls

In functional societies, diversity is embraced and celebrated. People are excited and inspired by difference, not afraid and sceptical. And yet, humans have always been fearful of the unknown and have sought comfort in keeping close what is familiar and distant what is not – in building metaphorical walls in which to bound their ‘comfort zone’. This regressive human habit finds its most powerful manifestation in the building of literal walls. Building walls is also a very effective ploy of governments who seek to divide and conquer.

Where you’ve read this:

divided-kingdomIn Rupert Thomson’s Divided Kingdom, a dystopian UK has been divided into four sectors to house segments of the population delineated by personality type. The divisions are reinforced and made largely impenetrable by concrete walls, armed guards and rolls of razor wire.

In Suzanne Collins’ TheHunger Games, the Capitol prevents its citizens from banding together and collectively agitating for change by separating them into highly-specialised Districts.

How you’ve lived this:

The Berlin Wall. The proposed US-Mexico Wall. The wall of ocean separating Australia from its detention camps on Nauru.

 

5 signs you are living in a dystopia