So! The first book Tomorrow* off-the-cuff pitched was...
The official blurb from the Mirra Ginsburg translation (trust her):
In the One State of the Great Benefactor, individuals have been replaced by numbers and passions subdued. But when the chief architect of the spaceship "Integral," known as D-503, has a chance meeting with the beautiful I-330, he stumbles upon an unexpected discovery that threatens all he believes about himself and the One State.And, as promised, a modern dance interpretation (which is very cool):
And the second book was...
And that official blurb:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.No modern dance interpretations that I could find for that one on quick review. But I am sure they will come with time.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
So the takeaway from all this?
1) Russian literature is on its sh*t.
2) Dystopians are forever.
Now all you YA folk: go read WE!