16-08 Segment 2: Teens and Dystopian Literature


Synopsis: A great many books and films these days deal with a dark, forbidding world where young people are warring with the villainous adults to save civilization. Teens are drawn to these stories, but why? What is it about dystopian fiction that fascinates young people? We talk to two successful authors of these stories about how kids are working out some of the issues in their own lives through these post-apocalyptic novels and learning valuable lessons about hope, trust, friendship, good and evil.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Marie Lu, author of The Young Elites series of books, including The Rose Society; Tom Isbell, professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, author of The Prey and The Capture books for young readers.

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