The future is here, the future is now. And everything futuristic YA books have predicted about our world is happening. Is it awesome? Horrible? Awesomely horrible?
If we’re basing our analysis off the near-future world of Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited duology, things are looking killer. Literally. It’s the year 2021, and DNA tests can pick out those with Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene.” If you test positive, well, chances are you’re going to be a murderer someday. Think Minority Report repercussions, except instead of psychic pool-dwelling prophets; the world relies on science to prevent crimes.
So, what else could we expect if our beloved YA books predicted the future? Read on and prepare yourself for a better, brighter future!
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
Say hello to your new best friend: Lux. It’s an app that flawlessly optimizes decision-making for the best personal results. Or in non-techie language: Lux gets your life together, sometimes a little too well. Like, making ALL your decisions for you. But the world of Free to Fall is a stretch, because we totally don’t rely on our smart phones now or anything.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Question: How attached are you to your limbs? Very, you say. About that . . .if you’re anything like Cinder, you’re working with some metal enhancements. Perk! You could be a gifted mechanic like her too, which makes the metal body-transition thing a little easier. And that’s not all, a Cinderella happy ending may be in your future too!
The Replaced by Kimberly Derting
Alien abduction is a thing. Okay, it could technically happen any day, even today. But if you’re like Kyra in The Replaced, you’re gonna wake up and discover it’s five years since your abduction—and who knows what near future world is waiting for you?*
*We know. The five years pass without you, your best friend and boyfriend move on, and the government is 100% after you. Sorry.
City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum
Robots, also a thing. And like many a great YA books, there’s a revolution involved in this future—indeed, you guessed it, the Robot Revolution. Humans have been on the run since robots overtook their cities. Now, it’s time to win it all back—or die trying. Glad you signed up for this future yet?
Matched by Allie Condie
Arranged marriages are making a comeback in a big way. And figuring out your love life is as simple as attending your “Match Banquet” and locking eyes with the perfect mate that appears on the big screen. Woohoo, no more dreaded first (or second, or third, or fourth) dates!
The Memory Key by Liana Liu
Who needs a scrapbook when you have a memory key? It’s a standard-issue chip, conveniently embedded in your brain for safe keeping of all your memories! Just protect that noggin from minor head injuries. You don’t want to know what goes down when you damage that chip . . .
Ready to dive into the near future? Start reading UNLEASHED!
What other YA futures may be awaiting us? Tell us in the comments below!