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Why is most of the new dystopian fiction for YA readers? When is it our turn?

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ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sun 20-Apr-14 21:33:32

There has been a bumper crop of new dystopian / post-apocalyptic / fantasy / sci-fi novels for YA readers. Much of it really quite good. These are my favourite genres, but I'd quite like to read about a main character past their teens.

I feel that I was born 25 years too early.

theincrediblealfonso Sun 20-Apr-14 21:36:05

Haha! I know exactly what you mean. It doesn't make them any less enjoyable but it'd be a bit more of an accomplishment to finish a book not written so that 12 year olds could understand.

Bluestocking Sun 20-Apr-14 21:41:41

World War Z is a ripping yarn and definitely for grownups.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sun 20-Apr-14 21:44:25

YA fiction I've particularly enjoyed recently:
Angelfall (Susan Ee)
The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon)
Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas)
The Fifth Wave (Rick Yancey)
Grisha series (Leigh Bardugo)
The Host (Stephenie Meyer)

I have read most of the classic post-apolcalyptic / dystopian / sci-fi / fantasy stuff on the current thread about this, and I'd like something more current (published in last five years) that I don't have to reserve from the teenage section of the library!

I liked the Wool series, but where are the other current authors writing this type of fiction for post-adolescents?

I am hoping to buy an ereader later this year but for now I'm limited to traditional paper format.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sun 20-Apr-14 21:45:55

Bluestocking: is it very Zombiesque? I'm a bit 'meh' about zombies. Sorry to be awkward. I'll do vampires though.

World War Z is great - and not cliche zombie nonsense at all.

I'm saying this, knowing you are highly likely to have already but, what about Justin Cronin's trilogy, well first two, The Passage and The Twelve? Best dystopian I have read, possibly, ever.

(If anyone knows of similar, please let me know. I have, like you OP, read others but been a bit too teen-y for me!)

Bluestocking Sun 20-Apr-14 21:56:46

I didn't find WWZ to be at all Z-cliche - give it a go! The film, by the way, is shockingly bad and worth a swerve.

I also read Julie Kagawa who has done a series of books, Blood of Eden, which I enjoyed but are also based around a teenage girl in a dystopian vampire world. It has a goodreads rating of 4.16 though.

But it is difficult finding this type of fiction aimed at non YA.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sun 20-Apr-14 21:59:13

CantEvenKeepAnOrchidAlive, I'm read the first two and City of Mirrors isn't out yet.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sun 20-Apr-14 22:03:56

I'll check out WWZ & Blood of Eden.

Have also just bought The Farm, but again it's YA. If only I had had this huge choice of YA reading material when I was 14, rather than having to make do with a dozen or so books such as Empty World and The Chrysalids. It really isn't fair.

I know, November is its release date, 28th I think! I can't believe how long it has been between the 2nd and 3rd book.

I might have a good look on goodreads this evening to find more, I haven't read any for a while and have been meaning to look for something new.

puppythedog Sun 20-Apr-14 22:54:54

Shades if Grey by Jasper Fford. I should think it could be read by young adults but I enjoyed it as a thirty odd year old.

makoshark Sun 20-Apr-14 23:05:42

Check out Each New Morn for a grown up post apocalyptic blast.

Agree WWZ book is great. Film disappointing. To say the least.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Mon 21-Apr-14 18:39:17

Shamelessly bumping for bank holiday evening traffic, hoping for more suggestions.

LionsTeeth Mon 21-Apr-14 22:04:37

Definitely second WWZ - so well written I almost believed it.

CoteDAzur Tue 22-Apr-14 00:23:49

I can't stand YA. WWZ is really good. The Passage a bit less so.

Tbh though, Cote - there are plenty of YA books around that are as good as both.

CoteDAzur Tue 22-Apr-14 14:03:39


CoteDAzur Tue 22-Apr-14 14:06:38

Personal preference. I really can't stand the simplistic world view and teenagerie of YA books.

Louise1956 Thu 01-May-14 07:27:00

I hate dystopia novels. i read '1984' at a very young age, a teacher lent it to me, and i hated it. it put me off george orwell for decades, only much later did i read 'homage to catalonia' which is utterly brilliant. it vexes me to think that if not for '1984' i might have read 'homage' much earlier.

nooka Thu 01-May-14 07:37:46

Seconding Shades of Grey. Definitely about adults, interesting concepts, good characters and funny too.

yourlittlesecret Mon 05-May-14 16:20:37

The Radleys by Matt Haig. An adult vampire book with a twist and humour.
CoteDAzur Agree. I have felt thoroughly cheated when I have read YA fiction accidentally.

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Mon 05-May-14 16:29:36

Have reserved The Radleys from the library.

AbbeyBartlet Wed 07-May-14 08:41:36

I love dystopia/post apocalyptic novels. I am just reading 1984 for the first time at 43 and am finding it totally gripping. There are quite a few (free) Ebooks/iBooks available which are geared towards adults.

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