Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I'm On the Prowl

You may recall a couple months ago I attended one of the SCBWI Regional conferences. Among the slew of helpful tidbits I crammed into my brain, were some things to do to get query ready.

One of the rules agent Tina Wexler threw out there was to READ in your genre. So for the holidays I am looking for some great Young Adult Dystopians. Even better, I would love to lay my little nubblies on a killer time travel book.

So I need your help. Can you all recommend some great Time Travel or Dystopian books?

And who has asked Santa for some novels this year???


Emily R. King said...

You know, I can't think of one! I stick to romance, so besides POSSESSION (which I'm sure you've already read), I can't think of a dystopia for you. You could check out A League of Extraordinary Writers. They're always recommending good reads.

Angela Cothran said...

I wish I knew some time travel books, but I don't (this feels like a serious gap in my reading repertoire :) Dystopian I might be able to help with, but maybe you already know about these. Some of them might have some genre cross over.

Legend - Marie Lu
The Giver - Lois Lowry
House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
Matched - Ally Condie
Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
The Future of Us - Jay Asher (I can't vouch for the language in this)
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Incarceron - Catherine Fisher

Wait, I do remember on kind of time travelish book:
Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Hope that helps :)

Kerri Cuev said...

So many great books out there, but I really enjoyed Divergent by Veronica Roth! Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

ooo try Patrick Ness' The Knife of Never Letting go. It's great and set in the future but definately a dystopian one.

Jennie Bennett said...

oooh! Pick me! Divergent, Varient, shatter me, the hourglass door, crossed, matched, and so on and so forth. Hope that helps!

Loree Huebner said...

This may not be your genre, but there is a good, old, time travel book out there.

If you have ever seen the movie, Somewhere in Time, from the 1980's - It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel, Bid Time Return, by Richard Matheson.

It's a interesting book and take on time travel. I ran across an old paper back copy at a yard sale and read it. I had seen the movie years before. I enjoyed the book...it is a romance though.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I'm writing time travel as well so I'm totally jotting down books while I read the comments. Thanks everyone!

Angela Brown said...

Clockwise by Elle Strauss is considered chick lit but it has time-travel.

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch is dystopian.

Those are the two I could think of that I didn't already see listed.

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Such a good idea!

I'm reading Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (she's amazing, if you haven't read her yet)

Other than that, I'm drawing a black *sigh*

Meredith said...

I loved DIVERGENT, LEGEND, and POSSESSION, too. Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

It's not YA, but Yevgeniy Zamyatin's We is a great dystopia, somewhat similar to Brave New World. We read it in my Modern Russian Literature class my junior year of university. It's also notable for how it's just about the most un-Russian Russian novel I can think of. There are only a handful of things in the novel even indicating where it might take place.

LisaAnn said...

I agree with pretty much everyone that Divergent was my favorite dystopian this year! :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm on the second book in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO trilogy. Loving it. DIVERGENT and POSSESSION are also delicious.

Melodie Wright said...

Best time travel book: Timeline by Michael Crichton. Yeah, it's not YA but it's awesome.

Great YA dystopian: Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I can't believe no one has recommended that one yet. She is an AWESOME writer and her book is one of the best YA I've read in a long time.

alexia said...

Have you read Hunger Games? Matched was good, too. And I think Across the Universe could qualify as dystopian, and has space travel, though not time travel.