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5 Tips From YA Novels to Help You Spark a Revolution

By Julia Bergen

If you’ve heard about Charlotte Davis’ upcoming The Good Luck Girls, you might just be in the mood to start a revolution. Check out this synopsis:

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls—they know their luck is anything but.

Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings.

Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally kills a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

I know, right? As we celebrate America’s own victory in their revolt against the British, we look to The Good Luck Girls and other rebellious YA novels for tips on how to start our own revolutions.

Tip #1: Gather your resources! (The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Davis)

The key to any revolution is having resources. When Clementine accidentally kills a man in self-defense, she and her found family have to cross the barren Scab to find freedom. And they’ll need all the help they can get, whether it be a ring (stolen from the dead man) that protects against the unquiet dead that haunt the Scab, or the unlikely friends they meet along the way.

 

Tip #2: Know what you stand for! (Article 5 by Kristen Simmons)

Every revolution needs to start with a good cause. For Ember, family is the most important thing in her life, so when the Moral Militia comes to take away her mom for breaking Article 5 (having a child out of wedlock) she stops being a rule-follower and becomes a revolution-starter.

 

 

Tip #3: Get more information! (The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller)

Before your revolution begins, it’s best to know your enemy and you do that by gathering information. In The Dark Intercept, Violet Crowley trusts the Intercept, a device used to monitor humanity’s emotions that theoretically keeps everyone safe. But once she starts digger deeper into what the Intercept really does she learns a dark truth that will make her want to fight for a change.

 

Tip #4: Being a warrior helps! (Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk)

We’re not saying violence is the answer, but our forefathers didn’t win the American Revolution just by throwing tea in the Boston Harbor, amirite? Similarly, while there are plenty of politics and negotiation in Blood and Sand, Attia’s revolutionary skill is hitting things and she uses that skill well.

 

 

Tip #5: Learn a new skill! (Rage by Cora Carmack)

Sometimes you don’t have the necessary skills (like the aforementioned hitting things) you need to stage a revolution, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them. Nobody knows this better than Aurora, a princess who was born with no magic and had to go out into the world and find some power of her own. Now she’s returned home with the storm magic she needs to take back the throne that was stolen from her.

 

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