So after receiving some feedback from crit partners, I'm considering making my MG dystopian book, The Adult Plague, a YA novel. The main reason is because some of the content (sexual content) is more appropriate for a YA audience. The society in my story forces kids to procreate, and that can come across as kind of icky/inappropriate for an MG audience versus YA.
Of course, making this change will come with its own set of challenges. I
will probably have to beef up the plot (which will also help make the book
longer, since it's only around 50,000 words long, which would suffice for MG,
but would probably be better upward around 70,000 for YA). I will also have to
add more/deepen the emotional content. I will also have to tinker with the
prose to make it more suitable for YA, which is something that will probably be
particularly difficult for me. I read YA all the time, but writing one—that’s a
whole other story. I'm more versed in MG now, since my thesis for my MFA
program had been an MG novel, but I think YA will prove to be a bit difficult.
My other option is to stick to MG, but soften the procreation aspect. I
think it's possible, but I'd have to think on that one for a bit, so we'll see.
At the moment I'm leaning toward shifting the story to YA, but I'm definitely
going to have to give this whole thing some serious thought. Wish me luck!