I was part of a discussion with five librarians in our university library last week about Banned Book Week. I got some fascinating insights on the pressures librarians have in selecting titles to purchase.
Many features of the "1984" Big Brother state -- thought control, double-think, newspeak, fact distortion, memory mutability, wanton state repression and infallibility of the Party -- still ring true in present-day China.
Some call my books edgy; others say they're dark. They do explore tough subject matter -- addiction, abuse, thoughts of suicide, teen prostitution. But they bring young adult readers a broader perspective.