YA has never shied away from reflecting reality in all its beauty and brutality. Think contemporary classics like The Outsiders, Speak, or The Hate You Give. These books give us the mirrors and windows we need to see and understand the world. What’s less obvious is how YA fantasy worlds are eerie reflections of reality too. I started noticing this when I first read the Hunger Games. At the time I was working in Africa, interviewing refugees who had fled from Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Eritrea. I was like, Hunger Games isn’t fiction! It’s Ethiopia! District 12 is just Oromia and the Capital is Addis Ababa! (I was told to get some rest and maybe lay off the fantasy novels)...