Perhaps the most defining feature of YA dystopias, and other young adult stories set in cruel and unjust societies, is revolution. Unlike non-YA dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, these are not mere personal stories of grief and suffering, but stories about changing the world. It's easy to see why these books have such appeal to teenagers. … Continue reading Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.
In Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, the Silver-blooded nobility possess magical powers; some can control water, others fire. Trampled under their feet are the Red-blooded commoners, with no powers to speak of. Mare Barrow is one such powerless Red - or, more accurately, she's a Red, but she's not powerless. When the king learns of her ability, … Continue reading Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
This week, Publishers Weekly gives us The Case for Libraries. I've always been a huge advocate of libraries as playing an essential role in providing services and opportunities to people of all backgrounds, including the tools needed to develop literacy and thrive in a literacy-based world, but it's great to see them being promoted on … Continue reading Literary Linking 11/04/15