Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top ten political books for teenagers

Saci Lloyd is the author of the Carbon Diaries series.

For the Guardian, she named her top ten political books for teenagers--"books that may or may not be political but that are definitely bursting with righteous indignation and great ideas"--including:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

'Only six people in the Galaxy knew that the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it. Zaphod Beeblebrox was amazingly good at his job.'

Douglas Adam's series is littered with observations like this. A very seditious book indeed, all the more dangerous for the author's cunning skill in masking his intentions with humour and an incredible cast of wild and wonderful characters.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy appears on Rob Reid's list of 6 favorite books, Esther Inglis-Arkell's list of ten of the best bars in science fiction, Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future, Don Calame's top ten list of funny teen boy books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best instances of invisibility in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue