Blog Light - it’s not a new brand of diet soda or beer. But I am going to cut back my blogging over the next 3 weeks. Don’t worry. This is not going to be one of those posts in which I describe how busy I am. Nope. I promise (even though I am and might be only slightly freaking out about it). Who’s not busy, right?
So, I need to prioritize what little free time I have during the month of May. After work and family obligations, I will be alternating between working on my draft one and critiquing a friend’s manuscript the next (and so on), and also squeezing in some reading time. I always make time for reading.
As for blogging during this time, I’m going to blog once a week until the beginning of June.
Speaking of reading I’ve been noticing a trend in my choice of YA fiction lately. I’ve been reading quite a bit of science fiction during the last year. Psssst. Don’t. Tell. Anyone!
Not that there’s anything wrong with science fiction, trust me. But if you had recommended a sci-fi book to me when I was a teen way back when, I probably would have either laughed out loud (since LOL wasn’t invented yet) or said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Or I’d pass it on to my friend Brian who loved all things Star Trek. Please don’t judge. I’m not proud of my closed-minded, judgemental sci-fi snobbishness. The closest I came to sci-fi back then was when Star Wars hit the theaters. What’s not love about Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewie?
As far as fiction goes, I guess I could say that I didn’t hate Lord of the Flies, 1984, A Brave New World, or even A Wrinkle in Time when I was a teen. But they didn’t exactly fuel my fiery love of reading either. In fact, during those years my focus shifted from Nancy Drew to cute boys, REO Speedwagon, General Hospital, and trying to survive high school. I hardly read at all. Again, I must implore you not to judge.
My first dip into contemporary YA sci-fi was The Hunger Games trilogy. My heart raced as I devoured this series. My next sci-fi choice was The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Adored it! Since then I’ve read M.T. Anderson’s, Feed, and the Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) by Scott Westerfeld and enjoyed them all. Currently I’m in the middle of Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The chapters alternate between two characters' point of view, Amy and Elder, and let me tell you, I cannot put this book down! The pacing is excellent and the suspense builds slowly through the novel.
What I love about these books is that the sci-fi elements of the book are not in your face. The relationships between the characters and the internal and external conflicts they have to deal with are the main focus. That's what I like in any genre.
How do you feel about sci-fi? Do you have any favorite YA sci-fi novels?