Imagining the Nightmare: Empathy and Awareness in Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult Fiction

Thomas J. Jorgenson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2015

Issue: Posthuman Identity (Vol. 35, No 2, Spring, 2015)

Contemporary young adult literature is often set in times of apocalypse or in dystopian societies, or both. These stories help their impressionable audience understand and learn to navigate the grey areas of being human that their brains are primed to grow into: understanding oneself, understanding other people, and understanding that right and wrong are not so simple as black and white. Pastors and teachers need to know this literature in order to know their young people.

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