Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Dystopias in literature; Young adult literature;
As dystopian literature grows in popularity, teacher librarians many not fully understand the themes found within this new subgenre. The purpose of this research was to describe the themes in positively reviewed dystopian literature for young adults. Themes found during the research included: resilience of the protagonist, survival, government control, social conformity, and love between the protagonist and another young adult. Novels from 2001-2010 were analyzed for themes and lessons for young adults. Thirteen positively reviewed novels were chosen, read, and coded by the researcher. After the first reading of the novels, one novel was eliminated, leaving 12 novels to be reported. The five themes were established through the analysis; five lessons presented to the readers will be described in the conclusions.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Division of School Library Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©2011 Lisa Newgard
Newgard, Lisa, "Life of chaos, life of hope: Dystopian literature for young adults" (2011). Graduate Research Papers. 15.