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Recommendations for Young Adult Dystopias?

Happy birthday to mariadkins! Best wishes for a great day today and a wonderful year to come!


A few quick notes:

* marthawells has a great post here with an update on some of her fiction that's now available again. Be sure to check out her link to the Anthology Builder website (which is a very neat idea).

* FYI to those of you who, like me, are fans of Jeffrey Combs: he will guest star on Cold Case this Sunday, February 17, on CBS at 9pm EST/PST.

* Unabridged audio readings of three stories that were included in the Science Fiction: Best of the Year 2007 Edition anthology ("Hesperia and Glory" by Ann Leckie, "Inclination" by William Shunn, and "The House Beyond Your Sky" by Benjamin Rosenbaum) are now available for free download.


And now, a request for your help.

Can anyone recommend current dystopian books written specifically for young adult readers? The Guardian's recent list of the Top 10 Dystopian Novels for Teenagers is not much help with my question, as the books listed are not so-called "Young Adult" books. (They're great, but not what I'm looking for just at the moment.) I know some YA dystopias have been and are being written; I remember reading The Missing Persons League by Frank Bonham, for example, when I was younger. (Apparently it's now out of print.) Looking at today's books, it seems to me that the two most prominent writers are Lois Lowry (who has written such YA dystopias as The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger), and Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies Trilogy (which includes the YA dystopias Uglies, Pretties, Specials). Are there other important authors/books in the current YA dystopian genre you would suggest? Thanks for your help!

Poll #1138884 YA Dystopias

Besides those by Lowry and Westerfeld, what current YA dystopias do you recommend?




"Always in the dream, it seemed as if there were a destination: a something - he could not grasp what - that lay beyond the place where the thickness of snow brought the sled to a stop. He was left, upon awakening, with the feeling that he wanted, even somehow needed, to reach the something that waited in the distance. The feeling that it was good. That it was welcoming. That it was significant. But he did not know how to get there."
- Lois Lowry, The Giver
Tags: dystopias, genre literature, sf
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