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@VeronicaRoth on NPR’s @HereandNow!


There are so many amazing Allegiant articles, interviews, and events happening this week, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss any of it. This Veronica Roth interview on NPR’s Here & Now is one that really stood out to us and we think you’ll enjoy it too!

Here’s part of what they had to say:

YOUNG: What do you think it says that young people like yourself and the ones that are devouring your books are so obsessed with this sort of end-times, this dystopian, “Hunger Games,” “Divergent” society? What does that mean?


ROTH: I think that’s the time when you start to discover that the world is not as pretty and shiny as it seemed when you were a child. So dystopian and futuristic books seem like a way of acknowledging the difficulties that teenagers are encountering, or at least noticing that they exist.


I don’t remember who I know who said it, but it was like high school is the ultimate dystopia. I don’t know very many people who remember high school with total fondness. And, you know, there’s reasons for that.




YOUNG: Well, you alluded to that. I was wondering, is there – was there – I mean, as much as you want to tell, was there something for you, some kind of light bulb – some moment where, oh, the world is what I thought it was, and it – you went down this rabbit hole or…


ROTH: Yeah. I think for me, it was when I was able to see and acknowledge that my parents weren’t perfect. It’s like a huge coming of age moment. And particularly with one of my parents, a lot of things came to light when I was a teenager that were shocking and required me to admit to myself that even the people who are supposed to love you best and love you the most have secrets and have a whole other life outside of you that is not always rosy.


YOUNG: Well, I don’t want to pry, but is it something you can share? Is it…


ROTH: I don’t think that would be very kind to the parent that I’m referring to, but…

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