Teen Science Fiction Trend: Out With The Vampires, In With The Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Sci-fi

Thanks to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, teens (and adults who read teen books as a guilty pleasure–like myself) had to spend years drowning in the vampire phenomenon. And just when the stories started becoming far too repetitive, authors expanded to other paranormal creatures like werewolves, ghosts, faeries and so on.

Finally–finally–teen fiction is moving away from this overdone trend, and letting the kids of the vampire generation experience a genre of possibility–post-apocalyptic science fiction. So far there seems to be a common thread among those published already; the future will have a more structured and strict government, technology won’t be completely eradicated, and many people–namely the poor–will live a more primitive lifestyle.

The birth of this sci-fi trend began in 2008, but didn’t really show promise until 2010. Here are some of the best teen science fiction series so far:

I’m sure there are many more to come in this genre. In the mean time, if you’ve ready read this list of books, why not return to the classics like Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and The Giver by Lois Lowry.


Rejection Letter #4: Positive Feedback

Clearly it takes a new agent to finally recieve some positive reinforcement in a rejection letter. At least, that has been my experience so far. Today I recieved my fourth rejection letter (the rejection scrapbook is starting to bulk up!) from Rachel Stout, a newer agent at Dystel & Goderick Literary Management. I sent her my query on March 26, 2011, so her response time is still quite quick. Here is what she had to say:

Thanks so much for giving us the chance to review TITLE OF MY BOOK. Please forgive me for being so short in my response, but the number of submissions we recieve makes it difficult to respond to everyone personally. Brooke sounds like a great character, but unfortunately, this project does not suit our list at this time.

I wish you the very best of luck in your continued search for representation.


I must say, even if the positive comment about my protagonist is part of her response formula to soften the blow of rejection, it did the trick. It made me feel like all hope is not lost, not that four rejections is enough to crush my hopes and dreams. I’ll rediscuss dream-crushing emotions at rejection #14.

Rejection Letter #3

Today, I recieved my third rejection letter. I was a little confused by the response:

Thank you for your query. I do not represent novels in the genre of “title of my book” so I am not the right agent for you. Wishing you every success with your writing.

All the best,

Marilyn Biderman

Hmm. I’m confused because I did my research. She read online that she represents YA fiction. I wouldn’t have sent to your otherwise. Perhaps my novel was too “fantasy/sci-fi” for her taste, which is perfectly okay. This rejection helps me narrow my focus to agents that claim to represent YA fiction as well as fantasy books. Thank you Marilyn Biderman for your quick response to my query.