Zeroes is the latest book from Scott Westerfeld, best-selling author of the Uglies trilogy, in collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.
To celebrate the release of the book, I thought it would be fun to ask the three authors their favourite UKYA books.
- Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses is more than a decade old now but I only read it recently. It’s such a convincing dystopia because it’s not that far off our world and makes explicit how the personal is political and vice versa. Sacrifices have to be made for revolution! Add to that the compelling Romeo & Juliet couple of Callum and Sephy and you have my kind of book.
- I’m also a huge fan of Philip Reeve’s Hungry Cities Chronicles. Allow me to quote the first sentence of book one, Mortal Engines: “It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.” I can’t imagine anyone reading that sentence and stopping. I just can’t.