Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.

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.

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Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

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