ImageAfter the success of wizards, vampires, dystopian societies, and lovesick ghosts, could time travel be the NEXT BIG THING in Young Adult fiction? I sure hope so. 🙂

Time Travel has captured our imaginations in books and movies for a long time, from the classic 1895 novella The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, to modern hits such as Doctor Who and Back to the Future.  Who hasn’t thought about what it would be like to travel back to another era and experience history firsthand? Not to mention the possibility of altering or preventing an event before it occurs (a controversial topic among time travel enthusiasts!).

The Chicago Tribune recently published an article on the resurgence of interest in time travel—Time is everything: Time travel genre moving forward at warp speed—and the trend seems to extend to Young Adult fiction as well. Here’s a list of several time travel YA novels published in the past few years, or set to be released in the coming months:

Backtracked by Pedro de Alcantara (2009)

The Guardians of Time series by Marianne Curley (rereleased 2010)

Wildwing by Emily Whitman (2010)

Hourglass by Myra McEntire (2011)

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (2011)

Warped by Maurissa Guibord (2012)

Tempest by Julie Cross (2012)

Timeless by Alexandra Monir (2012)

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (October 2012)

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (Fall 2012)

What’s so great about these books is that they’re all so different. Romance seems to be a common element (as it often is in YA), but other than that they each offer a unique twist on time travel. Some use it as a device to explore historical periods, whereas other stories are contemporary and offer a more paranormal or sci-fi take on the time-space continuum. Stay tuned for reviews!

0 thoughts on “Is Time Travel the Next Big Thing in YA?

  1. I like a good time travel fiction book, although it seems that much (not all) of the historical fiction genre for YA and children’s is in a deplorable state. I like working with time travel books when writing them, because you can consider all sorts of possibilities. Enjoyed your post.

    1. Thanks for your post J.G.! I agree, it’s hard to find good YA/children’s historical fiction. I’ve been informed by my publishing connections that this may have to do with the fact that it’s a tough genre for YA and can be really difficult to sell to major publishers…which is unfortunate because I personally love writing and reading it!

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