Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Joe Abercrombie's Half The World

In Joe Abercrombie's spellbinding Half a King, Yarvi gets raised to a throne, only to be cast down into slavery and exile. But what's Yarvi up to in the sequel, Half the World? Find out, in our excerpt from the new book, on sale Feb. 17. » 2/10/15 11:00am 2/10/15 11:00am

The Inside Scoop On The Movie Version Of YA Book Classic House Of Stairs

House of Stairs by William Sleator is an intense, dark story, and it would make a fantastic movie. So it's fantastic news that a House of Stairs movie is in the pipeline, with a goal of starting production in September or October. We talked to a producer and got the inside scoop on the film. » 1/23/15 12:30pm 1/23/15 12:30pm

The Doubt Factory Is Paolo Bacigalupi's Most Political Novel Yet

In today's mediascape, right and wrong don't matter: It's how you spin your story. In The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi takes aim at the spin used by major companies and turns it into a compelling tale of a young woman who confronts the truth about her life. » 1/05/15 4:37pm 1/05/15 4:37pm

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

Your First Look At Half Wild, The Sequel To Sally Green's Half Bad

We found Half Bad by Sally Green dangerously addictive , with its story of Nathan a boy who's the spawn of a white witch mother and a black witch father. Now here's an exclusive peek at the cover to the sequel, Half Wild. And Green will be here at 10 AM PST to answer your questions! » 7/07/14 9:30am 7/07/14 9:30am

Kylie and Kendall Jenner's YA Novel Has Nothing But 1-Star Reviews

Kylie and Kendall Jenner, two of the younger Kardashian sisters, published their long-awaited dystopian young-adult novel, the double-colonic Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. And the early reviews are... not exactly raves. » 6/05/14 12:14pm 6/05/14 12:14pm

Full Length Divergent trailer shows the future ruins of Chicago

The new dystopian teen movie Divergent could be upping the ante for post-apocalyptic devastation, judging from this brand new trailer. What's happened to Lake Michigan? Find out, in the movie's first full-length trailer. » 11/13/13 2:49pm 11/13/13 2:49pm

Young-adult science fiction tackles ethics. We think of young-adult novels as a fun ride, or as a vehicle for exploring alienation. But the American Library Association has a great list of YA titles with thought-provoking ethical questions, from Ender's Game to Sherri L. Smith's Orleans. » 11/12/13 4:00pm 11/12/13 4:00pm

Another publisher steps in. Simon & Schuster is launching its own science fiction imprint, overseen by Children's Publishing EVP Jon Anderson and Young Readers VP Justin Chandra. But the imprint, edited by current literary agent Joe Monti, will publish "YA and above." » 10/24/13 11:11am 10/24/13 11:11am

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

Exclusive Excerpt from Francesca Lia Block's Post-Apocalyptic Odyssey

In Love in the Time of Global Warming, Francesca Lia Block does an off-kilter spin on Homer's Odyssey, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Pen, a 17-year-old girl, searches through the ruins of Los Angeles for her missing family. We've got an exclusive excerpt right here! » 8/23/13 11:59am 8/23/13 11:59am

The Real Reason Why Grown-Ups Love Young-Adult Fantasy Books

Marie Rutkoski's young-adult novel The Winner's Curse is already getting early raves. We've got the exclusive reveal of the book's gorgeous cover, plus an essay in which Rutkoski, an English professor as well as a YA author, explains why adults love young-adult novels. » 8/20/13 11:23am 8/20/13 11:23am

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

Lovely book trailer: A mom explains to her daughter why she left Earth

Check out the book trailer for Phoebe North's new young-adult novel Starglass, which comes out a month from now. It's a great example of using text and images to set up the book's themes, in a way that's actually quite moving. » 6/24/13 12:58pm 6/24/13 12:58pm

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

9 Reasons to be Grateful for Twilight

This weekend, the final (we think) Twilight movie hits theaters, and then it's all over. Maybe you love Twilight as much as Mitt Romney, or maybe you're not crazy about it. But either way, you can't deny the huge impact that Twilight has had on pop culture. » 11/13/12 10:20am 11/13/12 10:20am

The most compelling new look at artificial intelligence comes from...…

Most startling news of the day: Grey's Anatomy producer Shonda Rimes is creating a new TV show, based on an as-yet-unpublished young-adult novel, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. That novel, about a teenage girl in the Midwest who finds out she's really a cutting-edge artificial intelligence, comes out in March but is already… » 10/29/12 3:30pm 10/29/12 3:30pm

Doomsday cults and the Jazz Age provide endless thrills in Libba Bray's

A great character can often elevate a perfectly pleasant book into an excellent read. And Libba Bray's The Diviners is not what you'd call a pleasant read — it's creepy good fun — but its characters really are the book's strongest part. The cast is gloriously wide-ranging, including everyone from the socialist… » 10/24/12 3:01pm 10/24/12 3:01pm

What's more thrilling than a fantasy about the Chosen One? How about…

There have been a ton of young adult fantasy novels lately where one person stands against a dystopian world, or faces a terrible menace, and they're sort of the chosen savior. But Gwenda Bond's YA debut, Blackwood, takes a very different tack: Her heroine, Miranda Blackwood, is the cursed one, who bears the mark of… » 10/08/12 4:00pm 10/08/12 4:00pm