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Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian

Young adult science fiction is frequently set in the future and poses "what if" questions to the reader. Science drives the plot, and world-building — including a varying degree of technical detail — is crucial to creating a scientific frame.

At this point in time, young adult dystopian is by far the most popular and wide-spread strain of this subgenre. Dystopian stories are set in a "perfect" world that spirals out of control, turning into a bleak, oppressed society. The success of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy started a Golden Age of dystopian novels for teens, bringing us bestselling books such as Matched and Divergent. Tone and mood are dark, and the protagonists have to grapple with adult moral dilemmas such as loyalty or the death of loved ones. There is significant genre crossover when it comes to young adult fiction.

Although it would now be considered a middle grade book, Lois Lowry's The Giver is considered to have launched the dystopian genre for young readers.

If you write young adult science fiction, explore the subgenre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.

Landmark Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Titles

  • GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – The Hunger Games  
  • Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Divergent  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Delirium  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Matched  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Cinder  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Legend  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Uglies  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – I Am Number Four  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – Across the Universe  
  •  Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – The 5th Wave  
 

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