April Spisak

About April Spisak

April Spisak is a former reviewer for The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. After working as a youth services librarian for several years, she returned to the University of Illinois for the PhD program, and is currently a student.

What Makes a Good YA Dystopian Novel?

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Dystopias are characterized as a society that is a counter-utopia, a repressed, controlled, restricted system with multiple social controls put into place via government, military, or a powerful authority figure. Issues of surveillance and invasive technologies are often key, as is a consistent emphasis that this is not a place where you’d want to live. […]