Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
Follows Katniss, a young girl that volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games. The Games is a battle to the death between twelve young people from each of the countries districts. Those from districts 1 and 2 are at a distinct advantage and those in the capital are completely excluded. The Hunger Games began as a punishment for rebelling and as a reminder of the consequences for doing so.
Divergent (series) by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian type novel with political undertones, is told from the perspective of Tris. Tris begins the novels as Beatrice, a young girl that is part of Abnegation, a faction of people that are very plain and selfless. Each of the five factions has an adjective to describe it in short: Abnegation- Selfless, Candor- Honest, Erudite- intellectual, Dauntless- brave, Amity- peaceful, Tris describes basic understandings of each as her testing and choosing ceremony loom closer. After having an unusual test result, choosing to leave her faction and molding herself into a new version, Tris learns that there’s a lot more to the factions than meets the eye and even more to her family history than she initially thought.
The Mortal Instruments (series) by Cassandra Clare
Clarissa “Clary” Fray witnesses a group of teens kill another at a popular nightclub in New York City. Clary is soon plunged into a world she doesn’t know or understand after her mother is kidnapped and her mother’s best friend abandons her. The series is told from Clary’s point of view and we learn politics, rules and history of the Shadowhunter’s as she does while chasing down the evil purist, Valentine.
The Lunar Chronicles (series) by Marissa Meyer
Each book of the Lunar Chronicles mimics the story of a well-known fairytale, beginning with “Cinder”/Cinderella. The series follows Cinder, a cyborg, as she learns that the deadly virus that has infected Earth was a strategic move by a diplomat to obtain more power. Along the way Cinder picks up a rather ragtag team of friends and allies with histories and stories deep rooted in fairytales.
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Addie Webster disappeared eight years ago. She was kidnapped and when she didn’t return soon after, her parents were forced to move on and continue with their lives. Now, Addie’s father is the President of the United States and trying to recover from a less than ideal first term in office and hole on to his position. Suddenly Addie reappears. It’s been eight years, Addie is now 16 and the timing of her reappearance has some in Webster’s administration suspicious. Addie’s childhood best friend is recruited to spy on Addie to settle once and for all if there is anything to worry about. He soon finds that Addie had in fact come with a mission.
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Avery West’s family holds a LOT of power. They can shut down Prada when they want to shop for a while with no one else around. They can order a bomb be dropped if they’d like to start a war because they’re bored. They’re part of a secret society known as the Circle that believes Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Avery and two boys that work for the Circle will travel across the world and back again in hopes of exposing a conspiracy that could begin World War 3 and keep Avery safe.
Blood Red Road (series) by Moira Young
Saba lives in a dried-up wasteland that is ravaged by constant sandstorms that only has landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. Nothing bother’s Saba as long as her twin Lugh is around. He’s kidnapped though and Saba is devastated but leaves to save him. Saba is thrown into a world she doesn’t know or understand; a world that is lawless and ugly. Saba joins a gang of girl revolutionaries and a daredevil named Jack after she finds that she’s a fierce fighter. She’s relentless in her search for her twin and will change the course of civilization.
Leviathan (series) by Scott Westerfeld
The would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prince Aleksander, is on the run after his people have turned on him and his title has become worthless. Deryn Sharp is a girl pretending to be a boy in the British Air Service and her secret is in constant danger of being exposed. World War I is brewing and soon the Clankers and the Darwinists will battle head to head for power.
The Lorien Legacies (series) by Pittacus Lore
The Mogadorians killed all of the Loriens off the planet with the exception of nine Lorien children that were sent to Earth to protect them. John Smith and his Cepan Henri learn that the first three of the Garde have been murdered by the Mogadorians and they’re after John next. They move to a nearly nonexistent town in Ohio where John and Henri meet Sam, a kid who’s dad disappeared years ago and his obsessed with aliens. It’s up to John, Henri, Sam and Bernie Kosar, John’s new pet, to keep the Mogadorian’s at bay and meet up with the rest of the Garde children (now teens) that are somewhere on Earth.
Inside Out (series) by Maria V. Snyder
Trella works in the lower levels keeping the Inside clean for the Uppers, making her a scrub. She does what she’s told, avoids the Pop Cops and has only one friend. On occasion she sneaks around the Upper levels and accidentally begins a rebellion against the Uppers.
Shadow and Bone (series) by Leigh Bardugo
Ravka has been torn apart by the Shadow Fold, a darkness that’s home to human-eating monsters. The fate of Ravka is on the shoulders of a lone refugee, Alina Starkov. When Alina’s dormant power reveals itself, she’s taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha. The Grisha are a magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Alina’s teacher Baghra convinces Alina that the Darkling is using the Fold to force control and will eventually take over the world.
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Yulia lives in communist Russia and has an unusual ability. She can read people’s thoughts by touching them. It helps her survive when she’s trading in the black market. Russia’s powerful spy agency, the KGB, recruits Yulia for their espionage program with the sole purpose of protecting the Soviet space program from the Americans. Yulia isn’t only being targeted by the KGB, she’s also being targeted by an American spy who can supposedly scrub a brain raw. Yulia refuses to succumb to the KGB, the American spy or the two men in her life that think they know what’s best for her.
Delerium (series) by Lauren Oliver
Magdalena, known to her friends as Lena, begins as the series narrator. We learn through her about amor delieria nervosa, or love, and its dangers. Reader’s also learn about the cure that has been created to combat this deadly “disease”, Lena’s trepidations with being “cured” after meeting a boy and about how much “better” life is when one follows the will of the government. Lena escapes prior to being cured and begins living life in the Wilds. During her time there she joins The Resistance to fight for the right to love.
The Young Elites (series) by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru tells her story of survival and finding her place in life in The Young Elites series. Adelina survives the blood fever, an illness that killed every adult it infected and left each surviving child with a mark and unusual powers and survives her abusive father. Those that were left marked with powers came to be known as The Young Elites and were actively hunted by the crown and killed because of their abilities, the prejudices that sprang up about them and the fear that they would overtake the monarchy one day and make life miserable for the “normal” people.
The Summoner (series) by Taran Matharu
While working as a blacksmith’s apprentice, Fletcher finds that he can summon demons from another world. He’s run out of his village for a crime he does not commit and with his personal demon, Ignatius, join a Military Academy for adepts like Fletcher. Fletcher trains to be a battlemage and someday join the fight against the Orcs. While doing so Fletcher finds himself stuck between powerful forces that vie for his loyalty.
Hunter (series) by Mercedes Lackey
The barrier between our world and the Otherworld is ripped open, letting Monsters in and wreak havoc on society. Some are lucky enough to live in enclosed communities, kept safe from the monsters by walls and Hunters. Joyeaux Charmand has been working as a Hunter in her mountain community and earned herself a reputation for being one of the best. She’s asked to join the Hunters in Apex City to help protect the most important people. However, Joy’s eyes are opened to the reality that the leaders of Apex City don’t care about protecting its citizens and that more than just monsters are infiltrating the city.