One of the things I've learnt about YA fiction is that it most of it tends to follow phases of popularity - the vampire/paranormal one is possibly one of the most memorable ones with the popularity of the Twilight books, but there is always the question 'what is going to be next?'
Now I've heard it on the publishing grape-vine that sci-fi is going to be big for YA in 2013 - what do you think of that?
I'll admit I'm not a massive sci-fi fan - I'm more of a contemporary, real-life fiction reader, but I do read sci-fi titles on recommendation and I find the dystopian fiction alot more interesting that I expected.
YA already has a large amount of dystopian sci-fi titles from the likes of The Hunger Games, Mira Ink's own 'Inside Out' by the ever amazing Maria V. Snyder and Patrick Ness' Chaos walking triology (I'd recommend these is you're a Hunger Games fan, as long as you don't directly compare the two! The first book 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' is a WBN book for this year too) but we've not had a large amount of popular major science fiction - now I'm talking aliens, monsters, stuff from your wildest imaginings. Do you think this is because YA readers just aren't that interested (so far) in these topics? Or I could be completely wrong - maybe there is a whole YA sci-fi world out there that has not been revealed to me, you tell me? Maybe it could be that there is such a massive market of sci-fi adult fiction that readers haven't needed specific YA versions?
Could this, along with The Host be the start of the alien revolution in the YA world of 2013?