The Hunger Games introduced us to Katniss Everdeen who has to be one of the most courageous heroines in young adult literature. Katniss is intelligent, brave, loyal, and kind. Katniss is just one of the many strong heroines that have been featured in recent young adult fiction. If you admire Katniss, here are some other heroines you should meet.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is a fast-paced read. Beatrice Prior is 16 and lives in futuristic Chicago. The government has divided people up into five different groups. Beatrice must choose to join one of these groups, which will define her identity for the rest of her life. When she makes her decision, she must leave her family, and train for her new role in society. But, she discovers she is an anomoly and doesn’t want to conform to strict rules. She decides to join a rebel faction that plans to overthrow the government, and puts herself, her friends, and her family in danger.
In Legend by Marie Lue, America has been split into two battling nations. June has grown up in a world of luxury and is a brilliant soldier. When her brother is murdered during a break-in at a hospital, she is out for revenge. She begins tracking down a suspect named Day. She discovers, that Day is not all that he appears on the surface, and that they both have a common enemy that is much more dangerous than they could have imagined. If you are looking for a page-turner, I recommend this one. It has lots of action, and lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing what will happen next.
Another strong heroine is Katsa in the book Graceling by Kristin Cashore. This is a definite read for anyone who loves fantasy. Katsa lives in a world where everyone has a special skill, called a Grace. Katsa carries the burden of having the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle who expects her to torture and kill anyone he doesn’t like. When Katsa meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, her life changes forever. Katsa and Po discover a secret and plot together to destroy her uncle and his evil powers.
A different kind of heroine is found in Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. A giant meteor has hit the moon causing world wide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The world has changed and there are shortages of food, water, and electricity. Miranda Evans, her mother, and brother must somewhow learn to survive in this new word. Miranda finds herself scavenging for food, protecting her home, and doing things she never imagined to keep her family alive. Readers will admire her courage and perserverance. The book is followed by a sequel, This World We Live In, which is just as compelling!
These are just a few of the strong, courageous heroines you can find in young adult novels in the LMC!