If you sat down to watch The Darkest Minds without knowing it was based on a book, that information would become abundantly clear about 10 minutes into the film. Almost every scene, especially early on, feels slightly detached from the last, as if some cohesive thread was cut to squeeze a 500-page book into a…
Fox just released the first trailer for its adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s scifi young adult series, The Darkest Minds. If you didn’t realize it was based on Bracken’s novels and took away the title, at first glance it’d honestly make for a pretty interesting looking member of the studio’s swathe of X-Men films.
Though we all know the story of how King Arthur pulled Excalibur from the stone, comics heavyweight Frank Miller and writer Thomas Wheeler are teaming up to tell the tale from a new perspective.
Little Women is a classic novel about four sisters finding themselves and their purpose in life during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. To celebrate the novel’s 150th anniversary, the story has been modernized to bring us a group of girls who might face new challenges in a different (but still…
Author Alexandra Monir scored with her debut, Timeless, and its sequel, Timekeeper, are best-sellers in the YA supernatural romance realm. But her star’s about to rise even more now that Sony has picked up her in-progress “space thriller,” The Final Six, based on the strength of its first few chapters.
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…
The latest Discworld book, The Shepherd’s Crown, doesn’t just have the task of wrapping up the story of Tiffany Aching, trainee witch. It’s also the very last Discworld book, since author Terry Pratchett sadly passed away earlier this year. The good news is, this is a solid ending to both stories.
Scandinavians are just a lot more relaxed about certain things. Like, one popular Norwegian book for eight-year-olds includes lessons on how to masturbate. Author Ingelin Røssland, writing in the Guardian, explains just how far children’s and young-adult titles can go in Scandinavia.
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.
Just how carefully did J.K. Rowling plot out her Harry Potter novels? Incredibly carefully, it turns out. Behold a chapter-by-chapter spreadsheet of Order of the Phoenix, covering the prophecy, Ginny and Cho, Snape, and a bunch of other stuff.
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.
When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The Giver. City of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator, librarian Mina Hong tells io9.
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...
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.
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.