Young Adult Dystopian Novels

The-GiverI’ve caught the bug.  First it was The Hunger Games, then Divergent, then The Giver.  I am now writing my own, titled VR.  It’s the age of the young adult dystopian novels.

It all started last December after I’d seen the movie Catching Fire (the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy), a story began to emerge in my mind.  I didn’t even plan it.  The main character just burst into being in my brain.  I started writing down her story.  It was pouring out of me at the rate of 3000 words per day.  That lasted for a full month.  When I reached 90,000, it just stopped.

At that point, I put the novel aside — its title, VR — and went back to the one I’d been writing before titled A Siren’s Lament.  When I finished my siren novel, I suddenly felt a strong desire to return to VR.  The draft of the manuscript was pretty rough, so the first thing I did was go through the raw material and bring it to a first draft stage.

Then I began to do research on the genre I was writing in, young adult dystopian novels.  Since I had already read The Hunger Games trilogy, The Giver, and Lord of the Flies, I decided to move on to the next most popular trilogy amongst the young adult dystopian novels, which is currently the Divergent series.

I did a Google search of “young adult dystopian novels” and along with the novels listed above, I came up with these:  Legend, Matched, Article 5.

Unfortunately I’m discovering that there are a lot of cliches in these novels.  Do you find this to be true as well?  Post a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on the genre of young adult dystopian novels.

I am planning to take a workshop at Lighthouse on this subject, Writing Speculative Fiction for Young Adults and Adults.  Check it out!

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