by Anjenique Hughes
Writing for Young Adults
By Anjenique Hughes
I particularly love writing for YA, because they are the future. Young Adults can be some of the most hilarious and fun people to hang around. They are insightful. They are intriguing. They keep things real. Therefore, books written for this population need to be relevant and somewhat applicable to their lives. When writing for the young adult population, it’s best to keep the conversations and dialogue interesting and realistic for this age group.
With technology and video games constantly competing for everyone’s attention, a book really needs to be an exciting ride. If the book doesn’t take off with action from the get-go, teens will be tossing it out the window in no time. I like to include nuances, witty cliché’s, and balance the humor with the serious. Developing strong characters and character relationships are important, as well as having a smooth, flowing plot. I have also found that teens hate it when loose ends are not tied up in the end (possibly adults as well!).
We underestimate the intelligence of young adults a lot of times; they are plenty smart and can spot a phony a mile away. If the story is too corny or cheesy, that can be the kiss of death. Romance included, done tastefully, is always a plus. Coming up with a unique twist, something that hasn’t been written about or explored before can be a draw for YA as well. I also like to include a character that is somewhat rough around the edges, but who learns a valuable lesson in the end, concluding with their maturing and changing for the better. Of course, hidden positive messages and subliminal moral values never hurt!
BOOK TOUR: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
In Simplest terms Sovereignty is the supreme or unlimited power over a country
If you’re not familiar with the word “Sovereignty” I suggest you pick up a dictionary. Do that and you’ll get a fairly good idea what this book is about.Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes is a well written Orwellian novel. Like most Dystopian novels it takes place in a future world none of us would want to be part of. Neither do our young heroes in this story.Teens will easily get into this book. Lots of action with most of it by teenagers fighting the good fight.The characters are all interesting with nice backstories especially Goro which leads to an interesting twist when he finds out who the leader of the resistance movement is.
I’ve really started to like reading a good Dystopian Novel although some are not all that great and frankly a little far fetched. Sovereignty however is not one of those.It’s the classic good vs evil. I especially like that for the most part it’s the younger kids that through a series of circumstances find themselves recruited by an underground force determined to make things right. Another interesting bit is although the story takes place in the 23rd century there are many references to things we are familiar with from our time. It doesn’t take place in some far away world but here on Earth in what used to be Los Angeles.
An excellent read for those that enjoy the Dystopian Genre. Just Release on July 19, 2016 You can find it HERE
Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts, smart phones. an no more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
Book Title: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Category: YA fiction, 262 pages
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Release date: July 19, 2016
Available for review in: print and ebook (PDF)
Will send print books: USA and Canada
Tour dates: July 18 to Aug 5, 2016
Content Rating: PG
A little info on Author Anjenique Hughes
A high school English and math teacher she has a master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.