Kiera Cass’s immensely popular series about an average, lower caste girl of the future competing with a dwindling number of contestants for the hand of the prince concludes with The One. Who will become Maxon’s princess, and eventually his queen? The answer isn’t revealed until the final pages, and naturally, you must wait for the book to get that far. So while you’re waiting for The One, try these other teen titles.
Title: Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Summary: After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
I started reading it because… my friend mentioned it in passing but I totally forgot about it until a few months later. I couldn’t remember the title or author but I remembered what it was about because it seemed so interesting. SPL rocks! I found it super quick and read it even quicker ’cause it was soooo good.
I kept reading because… me (and everyone else) is stuck on dystopic books. Why, ’cause they are awesome and so is this one. In the future (and it soesn’t seem too distant), in an effort to improve lives scientists messed up and now boys live to 25 and girls to 20 (that would suck!). Rhine is a “normal” girl until she is kidnapped to become a bride of a wealthy man because his wife died when she reached 20. So think the show “Sister Wives” but you don’t love your husband and he has two other wives you’ve never met. Rhine befriends the two other brides and Gabriel, a servant. Her husband”s father Vaugn increasingly falls under her suspision and it’s not so great living with a rich family. The book’s very dark and definitely for a more mature teen but it is a great read.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted:
Rhine: Most likely to start revolution.
Linden: Biggest complainer.
Six Word Recap: Kidnapped bride, must retain free will.
This book reminded me of… It didn’t remind me of any other books really. Okay, duh, it’s a dystopic book, so sure, Hunger Games, Divergent, etc… but the idea is wholly original and I haven’t read anything like it before.
If you are looking for a suspenseful read, look no further than a good story about a kidnapping. Here are four taut thrillers for teens: a couple science fiction and a couple realistic. Continue reading
Author: Tamora Pierce
Summary: Beka, having just lost her fiance in a slaver’s raid, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the queen’s request, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.
I started reading it because… I love this author, and read everything she writes, and this is the third and final book of the Beka Cooper series, which is awesome. The first two are called Terrier and Bloodhound.
I kept reading because… Beka is a really interesting person, and she’s working on a tough mystery in a fascinating world. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to find out what would happen next, and if my guess about the traitor’s identity was right (spoiler: it wasn’t!).
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Arrest kidnappers and throw them in jail.
Six Word Recap: Teenage cop solves international magical crime
This book reminded me of… other Tamora Pierce books, for obvious reasons, and also, the Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer, because both series have a female protagonist who consistently gets overlooked by the world around her, until she bests everyone and wins the day.
Websites of interest: http://www.tamora-pierce.com/