Review: The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Every five years the futuristic enclosed city of Palmares Tres, in what was Brazil, elects a summer king. He is beautiful and beloved — and at the end of his year, he is sacrificed to choose a new Queen. Best friends June and Gil have never questioned this custom until … Continue reading

Review: The Whisper, by Emma Clayton (2012)

The pitch: This sequel to The Roar picks up right where the first book leaves off. The “chosen” children have discovered the Secret and know they need to take over the Northern Government before their parents also discover the Secret and start a war. Wow, I did that all without … Continue reading

Review: Revolution pilot

I’m reviewing the new TV show Revolution because it’s basically a YA dystopian. Improbable apocalypse? Check: all “electricity” goes out, which apparently means all cars instantly stop in their tracks, among other things. 15 years later, we have our YA protagonist: Katniss Charlie, chafing in her village and crack shot … Continue reading

In which Paolo Bacigalupi steals my brain

Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker) is interviewed in School Library Journal this month: “Master of Disaster”. He talks about his take on the now-trendy post-apocalyptic genre. Reading the interview I had the unsettling feeling that he stole the kind of thoughts that are churning around in my brain all the time … Continue reading

Review: A Long, Long Sleep, Anna Sheehan (Aug. 2011)

Rose’s parents, the heads of the most powerful corporation in the universe, have put her in stasis periodically her whole life. Usually just for a few months, but it adds up — her best friend Xavier, who was born when she was 7, eventually caught up in age and became … Continue reading

More discussion of dystopia

…or not, depending on how the contributors read the question. The introduction to the NYTimes article “The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction” seems to equate “dark” with “dystopian.” This lead some authors to lump Harry Potter and Graveyard Book in with Hunger Games as “dark” books, while others focused … Continue reading

Epitaph Road, by David Patneaude

3 out of 5 Before Kellen was born, the world was on the brink of nuclear war, followed by a terrible plague that wiped out most of the planet’s men but stopped the war. His father, a teenage boy at the time, survived, along with a handful of others in … Continue reading