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As with the Fever novels discussed yesterday, world-building has become very popular as well as introducing some very original works.

J.K. Rowling drew upon her imagination to develop a magical universe never envisioned before, and fully evolved characters. Didn’t she have several volumes already written before she published the first?

Aside from the Harry Potter novels, world-building can also be seen in YA Dystopian Romances/novels. Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Victoria Roth? Did you like how the authors structured them?

Steampunk and Gaslamp Fantasy, involving alternate universes or magic, seem to be set in an author’s version of a particular time period. I read Wicked as They Come, by Delilah Dawson, an Adult Steampunk Paranormal Romance; a world of vampires, humans and magic. The author builds a world I haven’t seen before. Dawson takes elements and character types, some familiar and others not, developing them and situations into an original story continuing in later books. I can’t wait for the newest one!

Are there other such novels you recommend, and why?

Collins, S. (2008). The hunger games.New York: Scholastic Press
Dawson, D.S. (2012). Wicked as they come.New York: Pocket Books
Moning, K.M. (2006). Darkfever. Fever series (vol. 1). New York: Delacorte Press
Roth, V. (2011). Divergent.New York: Katherine Tegen Books/imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Rowling, J.K. (1998). Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone. Harry Potter series (vol. 1). New York: A.A. Levine Books