Episode 8: Young adult edition… or why dystopian novels are so popular among teens and tweens

It’s peak summer reading season, so Toby and Meg spent some time thinking about why books with dystopian themes appeal to young adults. They get help from YA author Susan Moger and Book Riot contributor Liberty Hardy. Also: Actual kids with great book suggestions, a look ahead to new dystopian titles coming this fall and a tangent about a little New Hampshire town with a (very) interesting history.


Here are some of the book’s Liberty mentioned:

  • After the Bomb by Gloria Miklowitz
  • Z for Zachariah by Robert O’Brien
  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins