One of the Best YA Series Doesn’t Follow the Formula

by Rachel Baker on December 6, 2013

Old Musty Books has posted a story about the Tripod Trilogy series and how its one of the best YA series, though it completely doesn’t follow the formula.

The Tripod Trilogy by John Christopher ended about 45 years ago. This is one of the few YA series that didn’t follow the formula. Noah Berlatsky, over at, discusses this series and the formula for YA books.

One of the great pleasures of young adult literature is that you get to imagine yourself as the most important person in the world. Harry Potter thinks he’s a despised orphan, only to learn he’s the only hope of an entire realm of magic and wonder. From even before his birth, Ender from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is engineered to save earth from alien invasion. After she volunteers as tribute in The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen quickly becomes the key symbol of her world’s resistance movement against totalitarian oppression. In each of these cases, their powers and abilities — magic, intelligence, strength — are important, but even more important is how much each of them personally matters. Harry and Ender and Katniss aren’t just the stars of a book or a series; they’re the stars of everything. Their particular story is the story of history, and their world revolves around them.

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