Read my MIND RAIN Essay — Free!

Smart Pop, the publishers of several of the critical essays I’ve written about pop fiction. has made one of my essays “Team Shay” (about Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series) available for free online this week. Check it out!

You can also buy the whole anthology, and I recommend it heartily for fans of Scott’s series. Not only does the author introduce each essay, but it includes also includes the short story that inspired the Twilight Zone Episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” that inspired Scott!

Also… please tell me you’ve read this series. I know it’s been a few months since I actively plugged it on my blog, but it’s SO GOOD. Westerfeld and Uglies started this whole recent dystopian craze in YA. Not to be missed.


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3 Responses to Read my MIND RAIN Essay — Free!

  1. I knew it! Wow. I totally thought about “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” when I read the Uglies series years ago and wondered if it was just a coincidence or if Scott had been inspired by it. Thanks for clearing that up!

    Also, the series rocks. While still intense at times, it’s not as dark and dismal as some distopian YA stuff out there today. There’s a lot of bubbly fun to it as well!

  2. Tiff says:

    On my To Read list…I know, I know, but I’m busy trying to finish Mockingjay here!

  3. Patrick Alan says:

    I have this book. This is an amazing essay. I think I told you this before, but I never saw Team Shay until I read your essay and afterward I can’t believe that I never saw it, because it seems so obvious now.