As with any world-building element, there are some great authors out there who've written characters with weird, wonderful and unique superpowers, and here are five of my favourite.
It's very surreal, somewhat subdued, more memorable for its atmosphere than its plot. In short, there really is nothing like it that I've come across in YA literature. It's that unique.
Having read Strange the Dreamer in ebook form, I'm shocked to find out that this is 536 pages in print. It certainly doesn't feel that way. We all know how easy it is for a book of this length to get bogged down in the details, and it's to Strange the Dreamer's credit that it doesn't stop captivating the imagination.
Kiersten White's book is going to rule the world.
Every now and then, we get reminded that fairytales aren't the sugar-sweet Disneyfied versions we're fed as children. The Hazel Wood takes us back to the Grimm Brothers roots of all those "once upon a time"s--and it's pretty grim.
So I started thinking some more about which YA universes, in particular, would have the shittiest life expectancy/standards of living. And while this is by no means a definitive list, these are definitely some deadly, oppressive societies that I'd rather not find myself in.
Our Dark Duet traverses much darker territory than its predecessor to mixed levels of success, sacrificing the phenomenal character development that made the first book amazing in its dedication to stay brutal and explore its protagonists' ugly sides.