Class of 2011 YA Superlative Blogfest: Elements of Fiction

I'm participating in the Class of 2011 YA Superlative Blogfest, hosted by 
Jessica Love Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Tracey Neithercott. For the next four days we'll be posting about our favorite 2011 YA books and characters.

Today's Topic: Elements of Fiction

Most Envy-Inducing Plot - The Future of Us. It's just such a fun idea!

Most Wonderful World-Building - Across the Universe. The claustrophobic world of Godspeed really comes alive in this book.

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.) - Wither. Everyone knows what age they will die (I'd already be dead, yikes!), and women are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population going. No thanks.

Most Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting I’d happily travel to) - Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Prague was described in such beautiful detail that you can't help but want to visit it.

Loveliest Prose - Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Laini Taylor is a master.

Best First Line - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: "My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something." How can you not read on to see why she needs a lawyer and a psudonym?

Most Dynamic Main Character - Lola in Lola and the Boy Next Door. After my previous post I had to pick her!

Most Jaw-Dropping Finale - Divergent. I wasn't expecting a lot of the things that happen at the end!

Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Anna and Etienne in Lola and the Boy Next Door. Just because I was so happy to see them again.

Best Use of Theme - Divergent. I'm really bad at recognizing themes, but I liked how the themes here corresponded with the factions.

Tomorrow's Topic: Best in Show!


  1. OMG good call on Anna and Etienne! I loved that that were a part of Lola and Cricket's story!

  2. I was so happy to see Anna and Etienne in LOLA too! I wonder who will pop up in the next installment, ISLA? And DIVERGENT is a great choice for theme. You're right about the way different themes are so prominent in each faction.

  3. Yes, I love Divergent for theme, too. So many of these books keep showing up over and over because they are strong in lots of different ways.

  4. Ditto on Divergent and Across the Universe. I'm starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone today, and Lola is right behind on my TBR list. Thanks for the insights. All the best in 2012.

  5. We used the same categories for Wither and Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I did love the way themes were handled in Divergent with Tris' character.