Young-adult fiction is become more mature, as a publishing category. And that means that instead of a host of cookie-cutter books, that are all “dystopias” or whatnot, there’s a huge variety of subjects. ReadBreatheRelax has a great list of YA books coming in 2016, and what’s great is they all sound pretty different…
We don’t usually admire young-adult heroes for their brains. In fact, watching a young adventurer make mistakes can be part of the whole “growing up” storyline. But there’s also something to be said for a smart cookie. Who’s the smartest, most resourceful young-adult hero of them all?
Are you ready for a children's book about monsters from Guillermo del Toro? Then we've got a nice surprise for you. Check out an exclusive peek at the front cover of del Toro's Trollhunters, which he co-wrote with author Daniel Kraus (Rotters).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.