28 April 2012

Y is for Young Adult (A-Z Challenge)

Y is for Young Adult

Recently the YA genre has scene has had a massive explosion of apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, dystopian and zombie books. Most, but not all, include a romantic element amidst the chaos and death of the world around them.

My point is that a YA apocalyptic book doesn’t need to have a romance, or at least an intense romance, to make it a good book. Friendships, family and romance without declaring undying love 10 pages after meeting widens the appeal of the book to readers that normally wouldn’t read a YA novel.

Young characters have a lot to offer an apocalyptic book – they have energy, new ideas and tend to be less held back by stereotypes or previous life experiences that can make older characters more wary. But if you choose to write a YA apocalyptic, please make your characters strong, independent and gritty as well as having their interactions with other survivors and peers realistic.

I do hope this trend continues as it is drawing YA readers to the adult post-apocalyptic genre which can only be a good thing for both writers, readers and bloggers, as we become more connected in our reading. Genre divides can be quite strong for some readers, and branching out is a good thing – it can either open up a new world or can reinforce exactly what we really do like to read, and helps us to choose more books that we love.

And on that note, if you’re not a fan of apocalyptic fiction, and you’ve still read all my posts on apocalypses………you have the patience of a saint and thank you for reading! Tomorrow is the last post in this challenge. Z – can you guess what it stands for?

Recommended by me

(This is purely apocalyptic - dystopia isn't included, sorry!)

Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

Published: 21 October 2011 by Pear Jam Books

Pages: 300 (paperback)

Read the synopsis and my review here

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Published: 6 September 2011 by Egmont USA

Pages: 480 (hardcover)

Read the synopsis and my review here

The Undying Apathy of Imogen Shroud by Ben White

Published: 14 April 2011

Read the synopsis and my review here

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Published: 1 June 2011 by Scholastic

Pages: 341 pages (hardcover)

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

Mentioned in earlier posts (links will take you to my review)

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Ashfall by Mike Mullin


  1. Great apocalyptic picks, and I rather like how you wrote about the genre! :-)

    1. I'd NEVER have read YA books if it wasn't for all these awesome PA/dystopia books around. As long as it's not insta-love....



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