Publishers Weekly reports this week that post-apocalyptic young adult fiction-- "the bleaker…the better" --is a major trend. Major enough, perhaps, to unseat the ruling neck-biting fiends. (Not that vampires will ever go away completely—they’re such a great metaphor for bad boyfriends/girlfriends.) The big draw of the apocalypse? "No parents." Almost as good as immortality and all the blood you can drink.
As the Rejectionist said in her Wednesday post “Apocalypse is the new vampire, everyone! Revise accordingly.”
So those of you working on bleak-future sci-fi for the teen set—write fast! (Followers Lorie and Chet—this means you!) Anybody else out there writing apocalyptic YA?