Colorful Connections: YA Dystopias
[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.
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