Just finished reading the first 3 books of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series. I bought the box set with a gift certificate that I received for my birthday. Uglies is a series for young adults. YA literature has always been one of my favorite genres of books. There is something about the simplicity of young adult fiction that appeals to me when I am looking for a quick relaxing read. I like how young adult fiction doesn't take itself too seriously and isn't afraid of new ideas or mixing genres. This would probably have been listed as sci-fi in adult fiction, and thereby scaring away a lot of people from reading it (which is a shame because many books labeled as sci-fi are excellent reads for anyone). There is a fourth book in the series that I need to go check out from the PC Library, but I didn't have time before leaving for Wisconsin...so I started reading a different book that I had bought a few days earlier (more on that in another post).
Anyhow, I really enjoyed these books and wanted to tell everyone that there is more to Young Adult literature than Harry Potter, and just because it is YA doesn't mean that it is not a complex story, that is an entertaining and enjoyable read. YA seems to mean that sex is kept to a minimum as well as violence....YA contains small amounts but no orgies or bloodbaths. Heck, YA genre contains - Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, The Count of Monte Cristo, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Alice in Wonderland. All classics. I encourage everyone to try it if you are having trouble getting into anything in the adult world of literature (it tires me out sometimes). Try some of the new stuff too, not just the classics...you may be surprised at how much you enjoy it. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for good reads (YA or not), I am always looking for new reading material.