How Dystopian YA Continues to Evolve With the Times

In the 1980s, young adult dystopian fiction was scarce. But today, it's a cultural touchstone and a force for change.

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dystopian YA The Day After
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  • Still from The Day After, a 1983 made-for-TV movie that depicted the aftermath of nuclear apocalypse.

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dystopian evolution Divergent movie
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  • Chicago as it's depicted in the movie franchise adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent series.

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still from Hunger Games Catching Fire
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  • Still from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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