In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am 11/21/14 9:00am

Read A Totally Addictive Excerpt From The New YA Novel Stranger

Lately, the best young-adult novels have felt like perfect action-adventure stories, with characters who run from danger... into even greater danger. Case in point: Here's the first chapter of Stranger by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, which hits the ground running, and just keeps getting more exciting. » 11/13/14 9:30am 11/13/14 9:30am

Joe Abercombie's Half A King Is A Coming-Of-Age Tale Soaked In Blood

If you've been waiting for the right time to check out acclaimed fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie, then his new novel Half a King is probably the perfect jumping-on point. It's short, with a sympathetic main character, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of neat world-building. Highly recommended. » 7/29/14 4:00pm 7/29/14 4:00pm

Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies?

There's a lot riding on Divergent, which comes out this Friday. Studios are hoping it'll show there are still audiences for young-adult films other than Hunger Games, after the dismal performance of several other films. But also, says the Wall Street Journal, there's hope it'll rescue the struggling young-adult book… » 3/17/14 3:46pm 3/17/14 3:46pm

Why Maze Runner's James Dashner abandoned dystopia for virtual reality

James Dashner made a huge impact with The Maze Runner, his dystopian young-adult novel which is being turned into a major movie by Fox. Now he's back with a novel about virtual reality, The Eye of Minds. We talked to Dashner about why virtual reality could replace dystopia in young-adult novels. » 10/07/13 12:44pm 10/07/13 12:44pm

Trapped on a Space Station: First Look at Cecil Castellucci's Tin Star

Cecil Castellucci has written some of the most entertaining young-adult and middle-grade novels — and now, at last, she's doing a full-on science fiction book. Tin Star is about what happens when you're stuck on a space station, with just some aliens for company. Check out the cover, right here. » 7/11/13 5:10pm 7/11/13 5:10pm

Does the summer's biggest young adult novel live up to the hype?

The 5th Wave may be the summer’s most buzzed about YA book — but it really does deserve a lot of praise. Rick Yancey’s alien invasion novel plays around with more than a few tropes of the genre, elevating them with dashes of lyrical prose and a plot that just doesn’t stop. Spoilers ahead... » 5/30/13 4:42pm 5/30/13 4:42pm

Even if you're sick of teenage dystopias, this paranoid mind-wiping…

There is something vertiginous about a great British dystopia. Perhaps it's just that extra layer of distance between Americans and Brits. Perhaps it's just being culturally closer to seminal works like George Orwell's 1984 or, more recently, Alan Moore's V for Vendetta. Or perhaps it has something to do with… » 1/24/13 4:30pm 1/24/13 4:30pm

This book is the closest you'll ever get to hanging out with Madeleine…

For many of us, one of our first speculative fiction love affairs was with Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time. Her warm, emotional approach to time travel and other science fiction ideas helped set the scene for today's YA science fiction boom, and she made tesseracts a household word. » 12/07/12 1:43pm 12/07/12 1:43pm

Proof that the End of the World Doesn't Have to be Boring

The era of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels for young adults may be winding down at last — but one of the best thing to come out of the trend has only just arrived. The anthology After, from editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, is one of the most dazzling collections of stories we've read in ages. » 11/29/12 2:59pm 11/29/12 2:59pm