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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 092): Panel Discussion of YA Fiction

In episode 92 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Young Adult Fiction!

YA Fiction is taking the publishing world by storm but it’s not just for Young Adults – people of all ages are enjoying what YA has to offer. Are you one of them?

  • What are some examples of genre YA you’ve enjoyed reading?
  • Is YA getting too dark?
  • Is YA not dominated by dark stories?
  • Is YA a bubble waiting to burst as some new thing takes the publishing world by storm?

This week’s panel:

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2 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 092): Panel Discussion of YA Fiction

  1. One thing I forgot to mention in the podcast with regards to teen fiction being dark was the fact that the teen years encompass so much.  What’s dark for 13 isn’t as dark for 17.  Parents need to know what their kids are reading and discuss it with them, if they think the subject matter is dark. 

    Here are the books I suggested as well as a few others, if you don’t have time to listen to the podcast and want to try (or find some new) YA books.  They’re listed in no particular order.

    Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (I didn’t mention this one on the podcast as it’s well known.  But if you want to see darkness in teen fiction, as well as some fantastic characters and worldbuilding, start here.)
    The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary Pearson (SF)
    The Unidentified – Rae Mariz (dystopian)
    Tankborn – Karen Sandler (SF)
    The Declaration – Gemma Malloy (dystopian)
    Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (dark fantasy)
    Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness (SF)
    O.4 (British title) / Human.4 (US title) – Mike Lancaster (SF)
    Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (steampunk)
    Eon – Alison Goodman (fantasy)
    The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong (urban fantasy)

  2. There has been plenty of YA fiction that adults can enjoy.  I think, as was mentioned, that its just being rebranded and expanded as YA.


    Rite of Passage, by Alexei Panshin, would definitely be considered YA fiction today, even though I read it happily as an adult…

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