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The young adult lit dystopian timeline

Ending the world as we know it

Just as a fairytale imparts a moral through fantastic storytelling, young adult dystopian literature encourages social awareness through speculation about our future — where we as people are heading—and has done so to the delight of young readers for almost 60 years. So, whether a teen is curled up with The Giver or enthralled by The Hunger Games, the shocking societies depicted within this genre empower teens and steer them toward independent, critical thinking about the world around them.