Thursday, January 24, 2019

Five top YA sci-fi & fantasy novels

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not writing, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

One of his favorite YA sci-fi & fantasy novels, as shared at
Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson

I was familiar with Sanderson’s work from the adult side of SFF, but for me his Reckoners trilogy, starting with Steelheart, is some of his absolute best. Superhero stories are a natural fit for the fast, explosive action he’s known for, and this investigation of a different kind of superhero world—in which the vast majority of them are evil, and they’ve taken over the country—is the kind of deconstruction I love. Another one with excellent characters—that’s a theme in my favorite YA, obviously—this series keeps up tension and interest in our main characters’ relationship without feeling manipulative.
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--Marshal Zeringue