Time for day 3 of the 2012 YA Superlatives! There are a lot fewer categories today, so I picked two books each. MORE BOOKS TO LOVE! Plus, I get to mention some books I haven't talked about yet!
Most Envy-Inducting Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
These books both have amazing, high concept ideas: a world in which everyone is reincarnated after they die but remember their past lives, and a futuristic re-telling of Cinderella (and 3 other fairy tales in the sequels).
Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
The world of Under The Never Sky and the Nazi occupied France of Code Name Verity are two places I would NEVER want to travel to!
Wanderlust-Inducting (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
Yes, both of these worlds have problems, but they're also amazing, and the authors paint such a rich portrait of them. I'd love to visit these worlds and explore for a few days.
John Green's writing is always amazing, but I was also blown away by Jessica Khoury's evocative descriptions of the jungle her character lives in.
Best First Line
"Our mother was a witch too, but she hid it better." from Born Wicked
"When you've been struck by lightning as many times as I have, you start to expect the worst pretty much all the time." from Struck
I picked these two first lines because they say a lot about the character, their situation, and make you want to continue reading to find out more.
Most Dynamic Main Character
Eva from The Lost Girl
Ananna from The Assassin's Curse
I didn't get to mention these in my post yesterday because they didn't fit the categories, but these were two of my favorite characters this year. Both of them are removed from their normal lives and forced to confront difficult challenges, but remain strong in the face of great adversity. Plus, I loved both of their voices.
Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Both of these endings were shocking for different reasons... but to say more would be spoilery, sorry!
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Iko from Cinder
Roar from Under the Never Sky
I loved both of these characters - they were funny and stole all the scenes they were in!
Best Use of Theme
David Levithan and John Green are two of the greatest writers in YA for a reason!
Stay tuned for the last day of YA Superlatives tomorrow!