This week I’m not starting off with a review, but with a discussion post! Something that really irks me is the lack of YA Contemporary novels that deal with Spies, Government Agencies, and Conspiracies. We have a wide variety pretty much of any sub-genre, but not this one. Why is that? Is it because there isn’t such a big demand or there aren’t enough authors writing these types of stories?
Yes, we have spies, assassins, and government agents in dystopian novels, sci-fi novels, and fantasy novels, but not in contemporary novels. I say that it isn’t fair. Sometimes I just want some spies in my life you know? One of the reasons I love Ally Carter is because Spies, Government Agents, Conspiracies, Con-artists are the things she writes about in a pure contemporary world. Jennifer Lynn Barnes who is Ally Carter’s friend also writes in these sub-genres. Apart from them, I don’t know other authors that focus solely on that.
I would have included “The Name is the Star” by Maureen Johnson, but it is a paranormal contemporary novel. It’s not pure contemporary and that is where it irks me. We have action movies that do not have sic-fi, paranormal, fantasy, or dystopian elements to them, but where are the books that are just pure action and suspense? That is my question. That is what I want people to answer me.
I want to hear from you now. Do you like to read these type of novels or do you prefer this spy, assassin, etc., thing when it is in a dystopian or fantasy world (ex: Delirium , Throne of Glass, etc.)? and why?
Hopefully you will shed some light on this subject because it’s just not fair. Not fair at all.
4 thoughts on “ContempConvos: Spies, Government Agents, and Conspiracies”
I took this post as a challenge, and ran straight to me bookshelf… But I’ve been defeated. All I have is some Ally Carter. Everything else is dystopian or paranormal. That’s ridiculous.
EXACTLY! And that is why I’m so excited for this week!! I want to create awareness because it’s just not fair.
I think Also Known As by Robin Benway is another spy book. For assassins there is Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.