In any dystopian novel, especially one like Vitamin F, the core social conflict is the quest for freedom in the face of tyranny. Someone realizes there’s some small thing they want that the state does not permit, be it keeping a journal or reading a book. Sometimes someone decides their leader must be glorified beyond the realm mere mortality.
Someone inevitably seeks a personal liberty. Perhaps they just want to live their life. Perhaps they want some small thing, a pointless concession no one should feel threatened by. Regardless, they are told no.
Let’s say you look across a room and see the most enchanting person you’ve ever seen. You get along with this person, you both want to start dating. Is there a national criteria that has to be met before you can start dating? Even if you pass this criteria, like sexual orientation, does that mean you are free?
Let’s say you’re at a library, but instead of getting to check out books, government agents get to check out your blood test. What blood test? The one they’ll perform on the spot. Even if you pass, having an accepted genetic structure, are you still free?
Let’s say your family is being questioned by the government, simply because they’ve been associated with a murder victim. Do you question for a moment when or if the state will strip away what freedoms you have? Even if everyone is exonerated, are you actually free at all?
These are the kinds of struggles Bridgett faces in Vitamin F. She wants to get through college, listen to music, go out with one of her classmates, and fit into society. She likes her life, she likes the things she has, Bridgett wants only simple things. While Bridgett’s life belongs to her, her genetics are state property.
It’s only a matter of time until someone collects.
Vitamin F will be available for Nook and Kindle on July 12.