As a middle school student, I came across dystopian fiction pretty early in my numerous visits to the public library, and read all of the novels that I could get my hands on. For some reason, these books were fascinating to me, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on the reason why. Nonetheless, I kept going back to the library to find the newest releases of these books, usually set sometime in the future, with drastic circumstances that the main character must overcome in order to save themselves and their loved ones. I plowed through The Hunger Games, The Giver, Wither, Divergent, and so many more. At that point, I wasn’t quite sure what exactly dystopias were, I just knew they were extremely interesting. Now I have a more solid definition of what it is and how young adults are drawn to it. Dystopian novels are books in which the setting is defined by a society that is inherently flawed in some way that makes life unpleasant for the occupants and the main character has to deal with these issues and overcome them. For example, in The Hunger Games, society is broken up into twelve districts after a revolution and the corrupt government forces twenty-four teens to fight to the death annually and the main character has to fight in the games, which allows her to rebel against the government. Every dystopian book has some version of this struggle. I think that these books are so appealing to the young adult audience because the main character of books is generally of a similar age and is highly relatable. This allows the reader to put themselves in the shoes of the character and feel personally involved in the story, making it a more interesting read. The main character in Divergent, Tris, is sixteen years old, which makes the story more relatable to young people. If she was a middle aged woman, the story would definitely not have the same draw. Not only the age appeal, but also the fact that these books allow the audience to contemplate larger problems like politics and social issues and form opinions for themselves rather than learning about these things from dry textbooks and in class makes them more interesting. Overall, I now have a better understanding of what a dystopia is and why I enjoyed reading these books when I was younger and why they continue to appeal to me.