Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hunger Games Read-alikes Part 2--Good Teen Reads!

About a week ago, I wrote a blog about adult titles that are similar to The Hunger Games and other post-apocalyptic books.  The response was fantastic, so I didn't want to miss this chance to introduce you to some wonderful teen titles as well.

Drought by Pam Bachorz
Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation, but without her blood her community is condemned to certain death.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Three teens join forces after an electromagnetic pulse kills most of the world's population, turning some of the survivors into zombies.

Taken by Erin Bowman
In the mysterious town of Claysoot, every male is mysteriously "Heisted" on his eighteenth birthday. 17-year-old Gray Weatherby is determined to find out why.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
16-year-old Cia Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University. However, she is fearful when she discovers that those who failed--are disappearing.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days after a major terrorist attack, Marcus uses his computer hacking skills to set things right.

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police limit families to only two children, Luke has lived all of his twelve years in hiding and isolation.

The Line by Teri Hall
The Line is an invisible border of the United States.  When Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
15-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather scavenge in post-Collapse America.  When tragedy strikes, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
In a futuristic alternative school, Katey "Kid" Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in or even if she wants to.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the cure that prevents the delirium of love. Then ninety-five days before treatment she falls in love.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
In her journal, 16-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon.

Variant by Robison Wells
After years in foster homes, 17-year-old Benson Fisher applies to Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future.  What he discovers is that the school is a prison and no one is who they seem.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Tally is about to turn 16 and get the operation that makes her "pretty".  Her friend Shay doesn't want the operation and runs away. And Tally learns a whole new side of the pretty world--and it isn't very pretty.

Some staff favorites:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
16-year-old Thomas wakes with no memory and in the middle of a maze. How will he escape?

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining groups of young people.

Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future where North America has split into two warring nations, two 15-year-olds--one a famous criminal and the other a prodigy soldier, discover they have a common enemy.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
"In a world of danger, an unlikely alliance."  "Outsider" Perry rescues Pod-dweller Aria in this dystopian tale about an ecological collapse.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice must choose one of five factions to define her identity. A choice made more difficult when she discovers she doesn't fit into any one group.

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother with the help of a boy who may be one of "them".

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba and her family scavenge the dried up wastelands of Silverlake.  When her twin Lugh is kidnapped, Saba embarks on a dangerous quest to get him back.

What is your favorite?  Let me know if you can add any to the list.

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