Monday, January 01, 2024

Ten of the best YA novels of all time

At Vogue Boutayna Chokrane tagged ten top YA books, including:
The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

Meet Jonas, a 12-year-old boy navigating a world void of conflict, hatred, or pain—a utopia, in other words, or so it seems. When Jonas assumes his post as the “Receiver of Memory,” he quickly understands what drastic sacrifices have been made in the pursuit of “Sameness.” In writing The Giver, Lowry was initially inspired by her father’s senility, as he continually forgot her sister’s death. She imagined a world where people didn’t have to remember their suffering and pain, provocatively asking: If you were to take all of those memories away, what would you be left with?
Read about another entry on the list.

The Giver made J.S. Dewes's list of five great books that do just fine without traditional villains, Carolyn Quimby's list of the 38 best dystopian novels everyone should read, W.L. Goodwater's top five list of books with manipulated memories, the Tor Teen blog's list of eleven top YA dystopian novels, Jeff Somers's top five list of science fiction novels that really should be considered literary classics, Jen Harper's top ten list of kids' books from the ’90s that have proven to be utterly timeless, John Corey Whaley's top ten list of coming of age books for teens, Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick's list of thirteen top, occasionally-banned YA novels, Guy Lodge's list of ten of the best dystopias in fiction, film, art, and television, Joel Cunningham's list of six great young adult book series for fans of The Hunger Games, and Lauren Davis's top ten list of science fiction’s most depressing futuristic retirement scenarios.

Coffee with a Canine: Lois Lowry & Alfie.

--Marshal Zeringue