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Colorful Connections: YA Dystopias

2013 February 13
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[Today's teen guest post is by Abby W., a high school sophomore.]

In order to compare four popular teenage books — Uglies, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Matched — I choose a number of main topics of the books and wrote them in the left side of the following chart. I then briefly explained how each topic was expressed in the book in the body of the chart. I coded each topic with a different color and highlighted books of similar depiction of the topic in this color. I also made four circles representing each book and wrote a generalization of how each book portrayed the topic, separating them into similar ideas based on the color.

dystopia chart

dystopia diagram

By connecting the books in this way, I noticed that these contemporary novels all feature strong-willed, teenage girls who either fight against an oppressive society or reluctantly work for it. The main characters are all supported by a group of friends, and eventually fall in love with at least one of the mysterious men in their clan. The books are all inspiring accounts of young women who fight for what they believe in despite society.

— Abby W., 10th grade, currently reading The Kill Order by James Dashner

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6 Responses
  1. Sara Ray permalink
    February 14, 2013

    Cool post!

  2. Molly Wetta permalink
    February 14, 2013

    Abby, this is such a great analysis! Love it.

  3. February 16, 2013

    Great job, Abby!

  4. Mariah Weston permalink
    February 16, 2013

    Good job Abby <3

  5. Kipp Dawson permalink
    April 28, 2013

    Abby, I’m a teacher in Pittsburgh who would like to use your work with my students. Would that be ok with you?

  6. Abby Walling permalink
    April 28, 2013

    Yes, of course you can use my work. Thank you!

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