Smart books

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of writing lately but I have been doing my fair share of reading.  I just finished reading Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson.  I’m not sure exactly why this book was classified as YA, the vocabulary alone requires a companion dictionary.  One thing I really appreciated about this book was that I felt like I learned from it.  I love when I read a book and both enjoy and learn from it.  This seems to happen less with YA so when I stumble upon a YA book that I enjoy and learn from, it stands out.