The Mortal Instruments is like The Avengers of teen fantasy

Remember when The Avengers came out, and it was just so gleefully jam-packed with crazy shit? Like, they shook the bag until every last thing fell out? The Mortal Instruments is like that, except for teen urban fantasy. This movie has everything in it, and it will make you laugh until you pass out. » 8/21/13 9:00am 8/21/13 9:00am

Even if you're sick of teenage dystopias, this paranoid mind-wiping novel will thrill you

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

Deepest, Darkest Coming of Age Stories from Science Fiction and Fantasy

When it comes to discovering strange new worlds, there's nothing like a young protagonist venturing out into a world where it feels like absolutely anything can happen. Many of science fiction and fantasy's coolest stories are about coming of age — but coming of age, in the end, means losing your innocence and… » 8/06/12 12:10pm 8/06/12 12:10pm

An artist depicts one of the most shocking scenes in Harbinger, the latest dystopian YA novel

Locked away because of her strange waking visions and her nightmares, Faye is seeing a disturbing vision of the world's impending destruction — even as the real world beyond her walls is actually falling apart, thanks to an oil crisis which has caused chaos and mass rioting. » 2/02/12 12:07pm 2/02/12 12:07pm

Angry Robot Books Launching a Young Adult Imprint!

Science fiction and fantasy are officially ruling young-adult books — so it's no surprise that lots of science fiction publishers have been expanding into the YA niche, with often terrific results. The latest addition: Angry Robot Books is launching a YA imprint, Strange Chemistry, headed up by Amanda Rutter. They'll… » 11/18/11 3:20pm 11/18/11 3:20pm

A New $5000 Prize for Children's Science Fiction and Fantasy in Canada

Canadian SF/fantasy authors, you have a new chance to get recognized for your children's and young-adult novels. The Monica Hughes Award, named after the late author of 40 young-adult novels, will give $5,000 each year to the author of the best science fiction or fantasy novel for children. The prize is funded by… » 10/07/11 3:20pm 10/07/11 3:20pm

Top literary agent says it's not okay to be gay after the apocalypse

After the apocalypse, the scariest thing could be one gay teenager. At least, that's what one prominent agent who represents successful young-adult novelists seems to believe. This unnamed agent asked authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith to remove a gay character from their post-apocalyptic YA novel — or… » 9/12/11 2:45pm 9/12/11 2:45pm