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Stand guard! 3 days until the new Maze Runner trailer.

Over 3 million views on The Maze Runner trailer… are you ready for it?!?!

WE ARE. We’re having a book discussion in September. Stay tuned for more details ;)


                                          THE MOCKINGJAY LIVES.

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He’ll keep you turning pages until sunrise.FOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION is on sale July 8th and available for pre-order now.


He’ll keep you turning pages until sunrise.

FOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION is on sale July 8th and available for pre-order now.



FOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION sneak peeks (as of June 20th).

On sale July 8th!

Catch up with all of the FOUR reveals here.

And stay tuned, because there are still a few more to come before July 8th!

(In fact, we might even reveal a new quote tomorrow, 6/29, around 6PM ET…)


Can’t get enough of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium ?

Get an exclusive look at the trailer via TVLINE !  Although the show has been dropped (sad face), fans can still get a sneak peek.

Beginning Friday, June 20, the pilot will be available for streaming in the WIGS section of Hulu for 30 days.  Mark your calendars!


image     Delirium
     by Lauren Oliver

     ”Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.”


Learn how your favorite young adult characters survive in the blighted wilderness with a new installment of “Things I Learned in YA,” debuting exclusively on Hypable!

It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that characters in young adult fiction have some pretty badass skills. From the perilous princessification of The Selection, to the derring-do of Divergent‘s Dauntless, the girls and guys of YA know how to get things done.

In the first two episodes of the Epic Reads webseries “Things I Learned in YA,” the intrepid Aubry and Margot learned how to be a princess (posture is key) and how to be Dauntless(with knives!)

Now, inspired by post-apocalyptic novels like Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, Partialsby Dan Wells, and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, the readerly duo take on their toughest challenge yet: Learning how to survive the apocalypse.

Watch the video at Hypable.com

New trailer for The Giver.

Who’s pumped? Who needs to re-read the book?


We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink

So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 


Check out our map of the Dystopian Universe, a collection of the most memorable apocalyptic futures and digital wastelands ever put in print. Blow it up to full size and explore, you might never come back. 

The first movie in the dystopian young adult book trilogy comes out this weekend. Get ready.

If you haven’t noticed already, something big is happening this weekend – ask any teenager. Divergent, the first of three books in author Veronica Roth’s post-apocalyptic trilogy, hits the big screen today.

Following in the footsteps of Harry PotterTwilight, and The Hunger GamesDivergent is the latest in a slew of teen novels to get the Hollywood treatment. Like its predecessors, the books boast a rabid teen fan base, but there’s considerable debate as to whether the movie version of the book can differentiate itself from the pack of futuristic teen fantasy stories—especially for novice audiences. (Slate has even conducted a textual analysis of the Divergent books that suggests it’s just a lot of nodding and head shaking.)

Whether you plan to see the movie this weekend with your kids (or were dragged to a midnight showing last night) or are totally new to the books, you might be wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. To get to the bottom of the books’ appeal, we went straight to the experts: we sat down with four seventh graders – Nick, Maddie, Nils, and Nicole – and they gave us a beginner’s guide to the world of Divergent. Warning: Spoilers below.

Explain Divergent to your parents in one sentence. Go.

Maddie: That’s impossible.
Nils: It has so much plot.

Ok, you each get one sentence in a paragraph. Go.

Maddie: In dystopian Chicago, there are five factions, and there’s a girl who has to choose.
Nils: She chooses Dauntless, and then has to go through training, and yeah.
Nicole: She almost fails training, but then gets the best score out of everyone.
Nick: Then everyone gets infected by a serum and almost ends up starting World War… like 17!

What does it mean to be “divergent”?

Nils: It basically means that you have more than one personality.
Maddie: It means that you’re a normal person with thoughts of your own.
Nick: To be divergent is to fit in to more than one faction.

So, there are these five factions based on character traits, all of which are thought to have contributed to this dystopian future. What are they?

Nick: So, there’s Candor, which is honesty. They always wear black and white.
Maddie: Because they thought that truth was black and white, obviously. Abnegation is selfless, and they wear grey. Then there’s Erudite – they’re the smart people, and they wear blue.
Nick: Amity is the happy faction, the hippie faction.
Nils: Then there’s Dauntless, and they’re brave.
Nicole: So, when they’re 16 [years old], they take an aptitude test that determines which faction is best for them.
Nick: The test is basically a simulation.
Nils: But, some people are special.

Is it cool or dangerous to be divergent?

Nick: The thing about divergence is you aren’t obviously out there as a divergent.
Nils: It’s dangerous because at some point the Erudite leader wants to kill all of the divergent. But, also it’s good because you can manipulate the simulations. There are pluses and minuses.
Maddie: You can manipulate the simulations and break out of them. That’s a sign of divergence because your mind doesn’t work the way the people want their minds to work. So, that’s dangerous.

Who is Tris?

Nils: She is the main character, and she starts out as Abnegation.
Nick: Any time before you’re 16, you aren’t in a faction. You live with your parents who may be of a faction that you might join into.
Nils: Yeah, so she grew up in the Abnegation faction with her parents. And then she transfers to Dauntless when she’s 16.
Nils: She acts selfless, but she doesn’t really fit in. Like in her head she knows that she’s not really all that selfless.

Who’s the villain of Divergent?

All: Jeanine, the Erudite leader.
Nils: She’s plotting to overthrow the government.
Maddie: Because she doesn’t like the faction system, and she wants to be the leader of everybody. And she wants to put everyone under her mind control, so that they can be like brainless people. She pretty much calls for an overthrow of Abnegation, who control the government. Because she thinks that they’re not doing a good job.

So, who are the factionless?

Nils: The people who don’t fit in with a faction. They either choose not to be in a faction, or they fail the training that they go through.
Maddie: They are basically the homeless of today.

Is there anything else we need to know about?

Maddie: Umm, Four.

Who’s Four?

Nicole: He’s Tris’s instructor.
Nick: He’s a buff guy.
Maddie: In the first book, he’s really mysterious. No one knows anything about him.

So, you have this female main character who is an action hero in a post-apocalyptic world. This is starting to sound a lot like the Hunger Games. How is it different?

Nils: Besides the similarity of a futuristic dystopia, there’s not much similar after that. There really isn’t.
MaddieDivergent is different because it’s sort of like a new idea that no one has ever [explored]. I’ve never read any other book that’s like it.

Unlike the Hunger Games, there’s no love triangle (at least in the first book) in Divergent.

Nicole: Well, there’s [still] a lot of romance in it.
Maddie: Everybody likes love triangles, but they get sort of boring.

Do you think Divergent was written with boys or girls specifically in mind?

Maddie: I think it was definitely aimed at girls.
Nick: It was definitely aimed at girls.
Nils: Yeah, but it turned out to be fine for both.
Maddie: Because there’s the whole war and fighting aspect of it.
Nick: The Dauntless faction is definitely…
Maddie:…as Nick would say, “bad ass”.

What do your teachers think of the book series?

Nick: My teacher, no matter what it was, would describe it as “tight.”
Maddie: My English teacher actually owns them – and Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games.
Nick: My mom gave a giant lecture to me about this how basically authors today don’t know what good literature is.
Nils: I’d rather have a fun read, than good literature.
Nick: Let me finish my mom’s lecture! Authors these days have no idea what real reading is. They just have a whole bunch of action, action, love scene, love scene, action, action, love scene, really bad ending, cliffhanger that makes everybody want to buy the next book in the series!

Do you plan to see the movie?

All: Yes!

What parts of the book are you most excited to see come to life?

Maddie: The zip-lining scene.
Nils: I want to see when she jumps off the building into the Dauntless pit.
Nicole: I want to see the part where she decides to be Dauntless.
Nick: I want to see when they jump off the train. The dauntless ride the trains, and they just jump on, when it’s fully moving.

Do you think the movie will live up to the book?

Nick: Oh no! We’re going to see the movie and rant at it.
Nicole: It better!
Maddie: It looks pretty accurate [from the trailer].
Nick: We expect way too much, though.
Nils: What’s going to happen is you’re going to expect it to be like the book, and then they’re going to cut out half the book.
Maddie: They’re not going to change it. If they change it, I will sue them!


Prepare to relive your childhood, millennials. Here’s the official trailer for The Giver.


Waiting for the Divergent movie? 

Try one of these books to feed your craving for dystopian worlds!

Happy reading!

P.S. Anymore recommendations?

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