Many young adults are drawn to dystopian novels because they offer a glimpse into a world that may be possible in the future.
While their content can cause anxiety for some readers, dystopian novels for young adults can also provide a kind of therapeutic benefit–a kind of practice–for visualizing and navigating an uncertain world. They also often center a younger person as a central character (compared to adults)–a teenager, for example, empowered to solve crucial challenges and overcome obstacles in order to persevere fantastically cataclysmic circumstances.
Below is a collection of some of the most popular young adult dystopian novels available today.
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