Help Me Choose My Next YA Read

Having read and enjoyed The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner series’ over the past year, I find myself keen to discover a new YA book or series that I can sink my teeth into. There is no doubt that there are a bazillion great reads out there, but I’m hoping visitors to my site can throw some recommendations and ideas my way.

I’ve scoured the net (well, a little bit of it anyway) and listed quite a collection of some contenders below. I would really appreciate it if you could cast a vote (or make a suggestion) at the end of this post to help with this life changing decision. (FYI – if it’s too heavy on romance, then it’s probably not what I’m looking for)

Nil | Lynne Matson

NilOn the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time. – GOODREADS.

Hungry | H.A. Swain

HungryIn the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.- GOODREADS

The Doomsday Code | TimeRiders 3 | Alex Scarrow

The Doomsday CodeLiam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history…

In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam’s name get in there… and why?

Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future…  – GOODREADS

After the Snow | S.D. Crockett

After the SnowFifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone — he doesn’t have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl — but Willo just can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family? – GOODREADS

The 5th Wave : Book 1 | Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave Book 1After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. – GOODREADS

The Compound | S.A. Bodeen

The CompoundEli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.

For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day.

As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside.

Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—or sorry?   – GOODREADS

The Eye of Minds | Mortality Doctrine 1 | James Dashner

The Eye of MindsMichael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.  And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever. – GOODREADS

The Rule of Three | Eric Walters

The Rule of ThreeOne shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function.

Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.  – GOODREADS

Enclave | Ann Aguirre

EnclaveNew York City residents, decimated by war and plague, live underground in Enclaves, barely past age 20. Deuce 15, trained as Huntress, pairs with odd Fade, who was boy Topside. Elders ignore warning, exile both. Monster Freaks, more organized, killed nearest Enclave. Guided by old memories, in gang-infested ruins, pair face apocalyptic world with new dangers and feelings. – GOODREADS

The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

The Book TheifIt’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  – GOODREADS


10 responses to “Help Me Choose My Next YA Read”

  1. Someone has recommended A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. It is the first of a set of four in the Earthsea series. I watched the animated movie, Tales of Earthsea, which is a combination of the books. I really enjoyed them. I am now 3 chapters into this novel and really enjoying it. Why don’t you read it with me and we can compare notes after? 😀

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Karen. I’ve checked for the Earthsea books on Amazon and it’s not available here in Oz. Probably some regional licence thing I guess. We get that quite a bit here.

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      1. Oh no 😞 I actually got mine from the library. But if there’s a licencing thing I suppose your library wouldn’t have it. Might be worth having a look though 😁

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  2. Hey there! Before reading your post fully I was going to recommend the Enclave series and then realised it was listed as one of your choices! It’s a really good read and an interesting story. The protaganist is a very strong female and (without spoilers) doesn’t know about love etc because of her sheltered upbrining in the underground enclave. It’s your standard love triangle with a whole lot of creepy creatures and fighting thrown in! Definately worth a read 🙂 I hope this helps!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Caroline. The books in my list tweaked my interest when I saw them, so I’ll definitely be considering The Enclave. The fact that it came to mind for you before you saw the choices is a good sign.

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      1. Definately! I hope you make a good choice! I’ve also heard great things about The 5th Wave and it’s high up on my enxt reads list 🙂

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    2. FYI Caroline. I’ve just finished reading The Enclave, and will be posting a review in the near future. The 5th Wave is high on my list too.

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      1. Oh cool! Did you enjoy it?


      2. Well… yep, I sure did. The end caught me by surprise though 🙂


      3. Haha yeah me too 🙂

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