In light of the government shutdown showdown over a wall, I wanted to show off some books that used walls that ensured safety and security to their citizens*** So here’s my list of the six best walls used in YA literature!
1) The Hunger Games
In this futuristic America, walls were used to help divide the different sections so they were easier to mana—I mean safer and more secure in their own districts. The fences were often electrified to prevent anyone from leaving and being found crossing the borders was almost certain death or modification via tongue and vocal cord removal! Oh wait, that’s not a good thing.
In this world we learn that many different cities built walls around it to protect them from those who refused to get surgery that would modify their brains to not love anyone. I mean, they needed protecting from those monsters who chose to feel love. Again, crossing was certain death for those getting out or going in.
Again, another wall meant to protect and segregate people based on one trait that they exhibited the best out of the millions one could possibly have. The wall also kept people in and kept the citizens from those who had to live on the outskirts. The horror.
4) The Darkest Minds
This time, citizens aren’t the ones caged in! It’s just the children of those citizens, because we should hide and squash that which we do not know or understand. These dangerous kids are kept behind walls to ensure everyone’s safety. Because they’re kids with scary ass powers that no one is teaching them how to control and they’re taken away from their parents at a vulnerable age and put in a place where they’re unloved and basically under military control 24/7. Yea, nothing wrong with that at all.
Another book where kids who are different are put into a controlled area where we can monitor their movement. These kids are chosen because they have a disability, are of a different skin color, or are from people who don’t believe like what the great leader believes. Totally not ablest or racist at all. The boys are taught military tactics, but when they become of age they are set free into the world to become target practice for others and are hunted down for sport. Girls are tested on, especially twins, and they are basically worked/tested to death. I don’t see the problem with this at all. Nope, not one.
And 6) Undertow
This is the perfect book for supporting walls. Merpeople from a different region who are running from murderous gangster merpeople come up on shore in America. The perfect response was to put them behind bars, forcing many to sneak to safety. They the gangster mer people they warned us about came and all hell broke loose and maybe we should have listened to them and helped them so they could help us and yada yada yada.
So I guess all of these walls didn’t really work in how they were supposed to. Huh. Go figure.
***As an aside, this whole post is sarcasm/satire.