Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Five top books about fighting for broken worlds

Marie Lu's latest book is Batman: Nightwalker, part of the DC Icons series written by megastar young adult authors. At, she tagged five books that "capture the fight for and the fixing of broken worlds—whether that world is a dark wonderland of roses and death, or a real place of gangs and injustice." One title on the list:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I read this book years ago, but it still stays with me today. I wept for Verity and Maddie, two young female best friends fighting for their countries, for survival, and for each other during World War II. It’s a story of how friendship can endure during a time when real evil threatened to tear the world apart, and of how treasuring one another is, in the end, the entire reason why we try to fix broken worlds in the first place. Nowadays, this message resonates more than ever.
Read about another entry on the list.

Code Name Verity also appears on Avery Hastings's top five list of books featuring unreliable narrators, Ryan Graudin's top five list of historical YAs, all set during World War II, Kelly Anderson's list of seven awesome books that celebrate female friendship, Natalie Zutter's top seven list of YA books where friendship trumps romance, Arwen Elys Dayton's top five list od books about false identities, Melissa Albert's top five list of YA books that might make one cry, Sara Brady's list of six of the best spies in romance, Lenore Appelhans's top ten list of teen books featuring flashbacks and Lydia Syson's list of ten of the best historical novels for young readers.

--Marshal Zeringue