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  1. Definitely Red Rising - there isn't enough sci-fi/space opera in YA! (I hope it'll be the next big thing...)
  2. Grasshopper Jungle

    I've just finished this book this week and it is AMAZING. Literally one of the best YA/crossover titles I have ever read, it is just. so. good. And if that hasn't convinced you, maybe my review can
  3. I felt Insurgent wasn't great, either....and to be honest, I've fallen out of love with the series. Yes, it's interesting, but there are several other series that do a better job.
  4. I've just started Allegiant, I'm a little bored at the moment. To be honest, my hotness for these books have waned. I'm not looking forward to the film, to be honest, I doubt I'll see it in cinemas.
  5. Why should it be? Plot is important, but good writing won't do any damage...
  6. Looking for good YA book

    Insurgent was worse, to be honest. I have yet to read Allegiant but I hear mixed views.
  7. YA - Dislikes and Wishes!

    Tragedies aren'tr eally covered that much, and I do agree with you that they should be, to a certain extent. Clearly reading the wrong books
  8. Looking for good YA book

    Divergent is one of those books you read and think "this is pretty cool" and then 6 months later you think "actually, it wasn't that great". It's okay, but there are plenty of better books to spend your time with.
  9. YA - Dislikes and Wishes!

    Okay. Well, I think for a start (and I hear many authors say this) that young adult books need some sort of hopeful ending. Not necessarily a happy ending, but one that isn't completely bleak. I'm not sure if that's what you're referring to. If not, I can only assume you're reading the "wrong" stuff- have you tried TFIOS?
  10. YA - Dislikes and Wishes!

    ...I don't know what YA you're reading but the YA I read is pretty tough sometimes...
  11. YA - Dislikes and Wishes!

    I thought Looking for Alaska was pretty damn good. It certainly wasn't "dull" and the prose definitely wasn't "simple", whatever that means...
  12. Should YA books include swearing, sex etc?

    At some point children grow up and become adults. To hide stuff from the adult world from teachers is unhelpful and patronising. So I'm fine with "mature content" as long it's justified.
  13. YA Horror suggestions

    I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells - a trilogy of books about a sociopathic teenager who kills other serial killers. Department 19 by Will Hill - bringing vampires back to their gory roots and exploring the notion of a supernatural MI6 that deals with vampires etc and hides their existence from the public. I don't read THAT much horror so that's all I can think of at the moment.
  14. Romance, love triangles etc in YA

    Romance is incredibly important during teenage years, so it's no surprise that it gets such coverage (though I'd argue it doesn't get any more coverage than romance in adult books). What IS problematic is the incessant overuse of the love triangle. I don't know why that's become such a big thing but I suspect that's a remnant of Twilight.
  15. iOS7

    Surely if it goes over the word limit it just splits the text into several components? If you have unlimited texts that shouldn't be a problem.