It somehow fits the paranoid spirit of these novels that adults are the ones who write them, publish them, stock them in stores and libraries, assign them in classes, and decide which ones win prizes. (Most of the reader reviews posted online seem to be written by adults as well.) But kids do read the books, and some of them will surely grow up to write dystopian tales of their own, incited by technologies or social trends we have yet to conceive. (Read original article)
So are the adults who are writing these nightmarish tales of futures we must avoid simply remembering their own fears and updating them? Or are they truly tapped into the current teen psyche and able to fulfill a need for their readers?
Here are a few of the titles I plan to add to my reading list this summer:
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
- House of Stairs by William Sleator
- Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld