Last week, I interviewed young adult author Joelle McClure, who lives in Fairview Township. In the middle of our conversation, she mentioned she’s really been enjoying dystopian novels — books that imagine a future world where everything has gone wrong. And she was serious about the genre: She’s read 40 dystopian novels in the past year.
Apparently, McClure isn’t alone. The Young Adult Library Services Association (an arm of the American Library Association) released its annual Teens’ Top Ten winners to celebrate Teen Read Week, which runs Oct. 14-20.
And Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” took first place. The novel tells of a future Chicago where society is divided into five groups, and every child chooses his or her destiny at 16 years old. It’s the first in a trilogy — “Insurgent” is book No. 2, and the third is untitled as of yet, with publication expected in 2013.
Check out the full Teen’s Top Ten list:
1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
2. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
3. “Legend” by Marie Lu
4. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
5. “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen
6. “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis
7. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
8. “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater
9. “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman
10. “Abandon” by Meg Cabot
Teens (or parents with teens), chime in: What are you reading now? Have you heard of or read “Divergent”? What did you think?