Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.
Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 384p. ebook available. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481442718.
Gr 9 Up–Talis’s first rule for stopping war is to make it personal. The powerful AI ensures the world’s leaders know the exact cost of any declaration of war by taking their children hostage as Children of Peace. If war is declared, the lives of both nation’s hostages are forfeit. Greta Gustafson Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the […]
Here we have a new kind of apocalypse, one in which humans are at war with ants, joined later by cats, dogs, and more. Just what is going on?? Robert Repino’s debut lands somewhere between Animal Farm and those B-movie sci-fi thrillers with giant, mutated insects. Give this to teens looking for something different. Maybe Grasshopper Jungle fans […]
Two excellent science fiction titles today, both featuring teen male protagonists. Lockstep is a hard SF romp that, despite its sophistication, could have been published for a YA audience. Karl Schroeder is a well-known and respected Canadian science fiction author whose output is entirely adult, so his publishers probably did well to keep him in […]
First published in 1993, Lois Lowry’s The Giver makes its long-awaited big screen debut on August 15. Recommend these recent YA releases to fans of the unforgettable dystopian novel.
Today we review two speculative novels in which language plays an important role. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon is all about language and the ways that technology changes words and communication. For teens who are as attached to their devices as to most of their actual body parts, this is ideally relevant literary fiction. (Slate titled […]
Our teen reviewers report on a reimagining of the Peter Pan story, Second Star, and an intriguing look at a world without food, Hungry. The latter title adds to the recent spate of environmental fiction in YA lit.
This is a great season for adult science fiction with teen appeal. Some years we barely see any. This year we have 3 outstanding titles already (Red Rising, Burn, and now Archetype) with three more reviews coming soon. I started Archetype thinking I was reading it just for fun. I didn’t “assign it” to myself […]
Red Rising by Pierce Brown is the powerful first in a projected dystopian trilogy. This debut lives up to the hype that surrounds, and I don’t use the word “powerful” lightly. The writing is muscular and vivid. The characters come alive. The plot is intense and perfectly paced. This is a great choice for readers who loved Hunger Games (or […]
Set in dystopian Chicago, Veronica Roth’s novel, Divergent, is read in a youthful voice by Emma Galvin. Be sure to check out the starred review of the audiobook.