The Hunger Games may have launched the rise of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction in the YA world in the past few years, but it's something that has been around in literature for young people for a long time. Think of your time in high school and the required readings of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. On March 24th, The Los Angeles Review of Books held a panel discussion at Skylight Books titled "The Kids Are Not All Right" with authors Sherri L Smith (Orleans), Jennifer Bosworth (Struck), and Chris Howard (Rootless). Here we asked what dystopia means and what dystopian/post-apocalyptic book marked us as young people.
– Cecil Castellucci, Author and YA Section Editor for LARB
CREDITS: Produced by James Simenc, Jerry Gorin, and Mike Goetzman