YA Dystopia/Science Fiction Meeting: June 5, 2019

The Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) group holds the fifth meeting of this year’s Young Adult Fiction genre study on Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Queset House, Ames Free Library, 53 Main Street, North Easton, MA.

The benchmark title is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Please read at least the beginning and the end of it, and as much as you can of another book from the YA Dystopia or Science Fiction genre. (See suggestions below.)

Short, additional readings for discussion at the June meeting will be emailed to registered participants. Please register on the MLS Web site!

Please be prepared to talk briefly about the benchmark title and your second title in terms of reader’s advisory appeal factors, as laid out by RA-guru Joyce Saricks:

  • Pacing (e.g. breakneck, unhurried, densely written)
  • Characterization (e.g. quirky, well developed, ensemble cast)
  • Plot/Storyline (e.g. action-oriented, sensual, domestic, sexually explicit)
  • Tone/Mood (e.g. gritty, heartwarming, humorous, dark)
  • Style/Language (e.g. sophisticated, homespun, frank)
  • Frame/Setting (e.g. historical time period, historically accurate or fantastical, amount of historical detail, span of story)

NOTE: If you don’t finish your two novels in time for the meeting, it’s OK just to follow the “Read a Book in Ten Minutes” guidelines in order to be prepared enough to talk about the books in RA terms.

There are many teen dystopian novels, several of which would be good for adults. NPR did a talk about it: For Teens, Dystopian Fiction.

  • Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  • The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller
  • Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  • Darklight by Greg L. Turnquist
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Day Moon by Brett Armstrong
  • The Six Pack: Emergence by B.W. Morris
  • The Fourth Generation by Chris Von Halle
  • Insurrection by Kadee Carder
  • The Coming Future by Turner & Torres
  • Partials by Dan Wells
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
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YA Fantasy Genre Meeting – April 24, 2019

cover image showing urban skylinecover image teen girls' pale white hands holding red appleThe Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) group holds the fourth meeting of this year’s Young Adult Fiction genre study on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the John Curtis Free Library, 534 Hanover St., Hanover.

The benchmark title is YOUR CHOICE of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare or Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Please read at least the beginning and the end of it, and as much as you can of another book from the YA Fantasy genre. (See suggestions below.)

Short, additional readings for discussion at the April meeting will be emailed to registered participants. Please register on the MLS Web site!

Please be prepared to talk briefly about the benchmark title and your second title in terms of reader’s advisory appeal factors, as laid out by RA-guru Joyce Saricks:

  • Pacing (e.g. breakneck, unhurried, densely written)
  • Characterization (e.g. quirky, well developed, ensemble cast)
  • Plot/Storyline (e.g. action-oriented, sensual, domestic, sexually explicit)
  • Tone/Mood (e.g. gritty, heartwarming, humorous, dark)
  • Style/Language (e.g. sophisticated, homespun, frank)
  • Frame/Setting (e.g. historical time period, historically accurate or fantastical, amount of historical detail, span of story)

NOTE: If you don’t finish your two novels in time for the meeting, it’s OK just to follow the “Read a Book in Ten Minutes” guidelines in order to be prepared enough to talk about the books in RA terms.

YA FANTASY GENRE
Second Title Suggestions

Girl Power

  • Aveyard, Victoria —  Red Queen
  • Carson, Rae  —  The Girl of Fire and Thorns
  • Meyer, Marissa — Cinder
  • Taylor, Laini  — Daughter of Smoke and BoneUrban Fantasy
  • Black, Holly —   Tithe
  • Johnson,Maureen  —  The Name of the Star
  • Marr, Melissa — Wicked Lovely
  • Schwab, Victoria —  This Savage Song

Epic and Dragons

  • Nix, Garth  — Sabriel
  • Paolini, Christopher  —  Eragon
  • Rowling, J.K.  —  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Wrede, Patricia — Dealing with Dragons

The above are some suggestions from the Crossover Readers’ Advisory, ed. Jessica E. Moyer. Feel free to pick your own second title from the YA Fantasy genre!

If you want to post information about your second title before the meeting, you can.

Don’t forget to register in advance so you will receive the additional readings by email!