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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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“Superpowers Don’t Always Make You a Superhero”

“Superpowers Don’t Always Make You a Superhero”

Posthuman Possibilities in Michael Grant’s Gone Series

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Patricia Kennon

University Press of Mississippi

Michael Grant’s popular Gone series, as Patricia Kennan argues, is mostly a failed attempt at exploring posthuman possibilities. As characters under the age of 15 are trapped under a city-wide dome to fend for themselves, having to deal with mutations that make many of them superhuman, they regress to acting out the worst of human traits. The few who are generous and social-minded are heroic in their intentions but are overrun by those whose powers are fed by greed. Grant seems to delight in describing monstrous mutations, while characterizing homosexuality, special needs children, and nonwhite races or ethnicities as less than human.

Keywords:   Michael Grant, Monstrosity, Superhuman, Liberal humanism, Mutation

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