Did you ever read this book when you were young?
I must admit, I really never even thought about that possibility until just recently. The events depicted in this book, which is aimed at young teenagers, could have easily happened before those seen in “Miri.”
I never considered "Girl" a Sci-fi story, but Dystopian works are often classified generically as science fiction, because a fictional universe has to be constructed, and a selectively told backstory of some past disaster is often introduced early in the book, because “the story” typically depicts events that take place "in the future."
( In TOS's “Miri” we see a City that is in a complete state of decay and ruins.)
According to an article written for teachers by Jennifer Kemper at Yahoo, it mostly deal’s with mankind's inherent characteristics and how different individuals will react to conflict ( or approach a chaotic situation) when authority is not present and highlights different viewpoints on the overall nature of man. I personally thought this is a “slice of life” story, as the “ending” drops off without any real resolution at all, and since a cure to “the plague” was Never addressed, nor a solution found, ALL the character’s introduced in this story, regardless of what they did or did not do, are all bound to have very short lives anyway. Right? Or do they?
Could this story really have taken place on another world - a world Kirk and crew would discover some 200 years or so later?
True to her extreme left of center roots - Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge & flat out rejected ANY and All forms of faith and religion. Rand's fiction was poorly received by many literary critics, and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy. I wonder why?
Makes one wonder........