Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #6

Say you live in a post-apocalyptic future which is, of course, run by an authoritarian government that has outlawed something you want to do and/or enforced something you don’t want to do. I just have a few questions for you about this world that you will soon be trying to escape from/overthrow/ escape from and then come back and overthrow.

My question for you, over there in the middle of a wasteland that can’t be crossed, is where do you get enough wheat and other staple crops to support a community that size, not to mention the raw metal for building and repairing? And also how is your electricity generated? I could go on, but you get the picture. Not only is your government super bossy, it’s not that good at being the boss. As for you, in your society that considers love a sinful disease, I know that you don’t have a lot of say in these matters and that you’re too busy defying the rules because (I will admit) it is way more romantic to have a forbidden relationship, did you ever stop to wonder: Why didn’t they just outlaw HATE? It would make for a much less heart-wrenching romance, but it would make a lot more sense.

Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these books:


BirthmarkedBirthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

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2 thoughts on “Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #6

  1. Reading (and chickens)

    Oh yes. Delirium was the worst when it came to believability. But then there’s The Hunger Games, where in the first thirty pages they’re sending coal on a high-speed train to other districts. NO! No one does that! Does not compute! (But…this isn’t really a problem with YA, per say, is it? It’s more just BOOKS, right?)

    1. Cheresse

      I agree. Delirium was pretty unbelievable. If you want a little romance with your dystopia take a look at Matched where everything can pretty much be explained to a big brother type of government playing with citizens to see where loyalties lie.


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