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

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

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Most startling news of the day: Grey's Anatomy producer Shonda Rimes is creating a new TV show, based on an as-yet-unpublished young-adult novel, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.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

What if Dragons were more like Vulcans who breathe fire?

There's a lot to love about Seraphina, the new young-adult fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman. The book comes up with a cool new spin on a well-worn fantasy world, in the medieval-esque country of Goredd. It has an appealing heroine, the young assistant music master Seraphina who investigates a secret plot to undo 40… » 9/21/12 11:42am 9/21/12 11:42am

A young adult novel's hero is allowed to remain gay, after all

Almost exactly a year ago, all right-thinking people were upset by the fact that a prominent literary agent told two beloved authors that they needed to remove a gay character from their young-adult novel — or just turn him straight. The good news? Now Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith has gotten… » 9/20/12 5:07pm 9/20/12 5:07pm

Young Adult Fiction's Hottest New Trend: Mermaids?

YA books, like everything else for teens, are subject to the whims of trends and fashion. Remember when they were all about vampires? Or all about magical boarding schools? Or magical boarding schools with vampires? Or hyper-violent anti-authoritarian post-apocalypses? Those trends are all in the past — and they've… » 8/21/12 3:27pm 8/21/12 3:27pm

Weird Tales Magazine faces a boycott after endorsing a "thoroughly…

The new novel Saving The Pearls: Defending Eden sounds like something that someone made up as a prank. Victoria Foyt's self-published novel takes place in a world where, due to global warming, most white people are dead. The world is ruled by black people, called "coals" in the book. The remaining white people, called… » 8/20/12 11:47am 8/20/12 11:47am