Can you imagine a Dystopian YA novel where there is no pre-existing totalitarian government. Where there is no nuclear war that wiped everything out and the descendants are forced to live in a dangerous urban radiation filled landscape. Where there is no class system based government that separates people based on personality traits.
Instead, imagine a novel that starts off with the world slowly descending into madness. Where governments across the world are collapsing and pure anarchy is running wild. Where there is no laws or structures at all, and its pretty much a free for all.
And instead of a plucky main character who is the ultimate chosen one and is destined to overthrow the system, there is just a bunch of street kids.
Street kids who grew up in this lawless world and witnessed countless atrocities. Street kids who are becoming fed up with this survival of the fittest bullshit and set off on a journey to change everything.
Street kids, who everybody thought would amount to nothing, begin to plan and establish a new government. A tougher, militarized government, one that restricts people because at this point people are acting more like feral savages. The street kids gain followers and establish their version of a proper society, one with laws and harsh punishment. The street kids mold their chaotic and violent world into a neater and ordered one. And throughout the years, the government seems to be working. And if people are protesting about their lack of rights, well hey what can you do about it? After all it is for the greater good. And the street kids rule with a iron fist, until years later a plucky brunette heroine dares to challenge them and leads a revolution that sends their hard work crashing down.
And as they stand in the rubble of their established society, with nooses around their necks, and the shouts of relief and happiness from the people who are elated to see the brutal dictators executed for all their crimes against humanity. The street kids make eye contact with the elated heroine who is basking in the glow of the rebellion. And the street kids are no longer kids but adults who only wanted to make a better world. And they tell the heroine to enjoy the praise and the power for now because it won’t be too long before some one else comes along and destroys everything with one touch.
Can you imagine a Dystopian YA novel that fully reveals the origins of a government and it’s founders.
Since last year (2014), I’ve been obsessed with YA Novels. Therefore, I decided to make a list of the ones I read last year and consider a “must read”. They are beautiful stories about love, friendship, family, hope, overcoming all odds, and fighting for what you want. There isn’t a single novel in this list that didn’t touch my heart and inspired me in a million different ways. Here you go!
Looking for Alaska - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Paper Towns - John Green
If I Stay - Gayle Forman
Where She Went (“If I Stay” sequel) - Gayle Forman
Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) - Cecilia Ahern
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before - Jenny Han
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle
First Comes Love - Katie Kacvinsky
Second Chance (“First Comes Love” book 2) - Katie Kacvinsky
Finally Forever (“First Comes Love” book 3) - Katie Kacvinsky
The Geography of You and Me - Jennifer E. Smith
Faking Normal - Courtney C. Steven (One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES)
The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
It’s Not Summer Without You (“The Summer I Turned Pretty” book 2) - Jenny Han
We’ll Always Have Summer (“The Summer I Turned Pretty” book 3) - Jenny Han