1. I definitely have a feeling we are going down a path of a dystopian future if we are not careful. However, I'm not as concerned with the virus as many others are. Not to say it isn't something to be taken seriously, but the extent that it has been taken is rather questioning. Why did we not cause this much panic when the swine flu was rampant? That flu took almost as many lives in the U.S alone as the Corona has globally. On the one hand, I do acknowledge that the steps taken could have been why there haven't been as many deaths as there could have been. However, the disease itself, while certainly contagious, is only a real danger to those that are either seniors or severely sick already. This comes from the cdc itself, and yet the rest of the country is applying the level care needed for those elderly and sick, to everyone. I'm frightened that we are going to give most of our freedom to the government. I understand that they can help, but if you give to much power to anyone big group, they will be come corrupted. They are already preparing to give us checks (which would actually be coming from our taxes, so we'd be be paying for everyone else's food and other goods). What's to stop them from just giving us a limited amount of checks and being completely dependent on them. It's bad enough when a company can become so huge and have no need to compete to earn money, but imagine if there was a corporation who could force you to do whatever at gun point. This is my ultimate fear.
If I was to tell this story years later, I would narrate it in a way that would build it up as this horrible disease, only to bring it around to the authoritarian government. I would do it in the third person so I could show my thinking process and what I was doing at the time during this time. I want to keep it cut and dry because I want the story to be admittedly blunt. I don't want to add color to a story that needs to be taken as seriously as it is. If we did become that dystopian future, I would hope this story would no longer allow the waters to be muddy as to how we could have become this. If not, I would hope it would still serve as a cautionary tale to those who believe that they could give that much power to the government and they won't use it against us.
2. For my favorite book based on a dystopian future, I would probably go with the George Orwell novel "1984". The novel touches upon on much that I had mentioned. It discusses the consequences of government overreach and that government also controlling the people to extent that even includes their thinking. I found all these ideas both horrifying and fascinating. Even though I don't agree with much of what Orwell believes about many other political topics, this book still gave me an entirely different perspective on the government that I didn't consider before. The novel itself mostly stays within the genre of dystopian, though it of course touches on science fiction. It highlights the fear that the people have to even once think about so much as disagreeing with the government on their policies, let alone going out of their way to question the governments legitimacy.