I know what you’re thinking . We don’t want to see or read a characters backstory. We want to see them in the present. This is sloppy writing. Terrible way to start a story. But I don’t believe that’s true because there is a short story /novel connection.
Last week I wrote a little about what the apocalypse was and glimpsed over dystopian fiction. I Researched 5 dystopian novels I haven’t read yet but maybe you can.