YA Book Series

There are many Young Adult series out there and I don’t know about you but I haven’t been able to touch even half of them. They range from different genres and at this stage of the game I’m to far behind. But that’s not to say I’ve tried my best to keep up with the trends. But what about the series that don’t get a look in. Are they just as good as the popular ones out there. Who’s to say because let’s be honest we all have different tastes and wouldn’t the world be a dull place if we all liked exactly the same things. So I’ve put a list of some of the popular and not so popular series going around the last few years.

Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling

The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga’ by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.”

The Lord of the Rings Series, J.R.R. Tolkiens

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built.

The Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins

The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in a beautiful box set edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!

Set in a dark vision of near future a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdee steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence

The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clare

In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she’s introduced with a vengeance, when Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human survive such an attack.
In the second novel, City of Ashes, Clary just wants her life to go back to normal–but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her newfound brother Jace have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive–and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Then Clary’s best friend Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments Valentine’s forever. 

Uglies Series, Scott Westerfeld

Uglies follows the story of Tally Youngblood, a sixteen-year-old girl. By this time in humanity’s future, a new type of society has been formed after a disastrous oil-bug was released upon the planet that killed 98% of the human population and left many cities in ruins. The new society is composed of about one hundred small post-scarcity independently-run city states, spread out across the seven continents, which now have different coastlines because of modern-societies’ global warming. Tally’s city is located somewhere in southern California, west of the Rocky Mountains. The new society holds three values at its core: Sustainability, Peace, and Equality.

Divergent Series, Veronica Roth

The Divergent trilogy is set within a dystopian version of Chicago. The novel has been compared to similar young adult books such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner because of its similar theme and target audience. Roth has said that the idea for the series was born while she was studying in college. Its major plot device, the division of society into personality types, is similar to Philip K. Dick’s 1964 novel, Clans of the Alphane Moon.

Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book, and production on the movie took place in 2013, also titled Divergent. The second novel in the trilogy, Insurgent, was published on May 1, 2012, and the third and final book, Allegiant, on October 22, 2013.

The Maze Runner Series, James Dashner

The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult dystopian science fiction trilogy of the same name by James Dashner.The novel was published October 2009 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. The book was shopped around and is currently in production for a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. The novel spawned two sequels: The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.

James Dashner released a prequel to The Maze Runner titled The Kill Order, which was released August 2012.

 Gone Series, Michael Grant

Gone is a bestselling book series written by Michael Grant. The series is centered around the fictional American town of Perdido Beach and surrounding area, in which every human 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an impenetrable energy barrier, with many of its inhabitants developing supernatural powers. The books follow the exploits of the protagonist, Sam Temple, as he battles antagonists Caine Temple and Drake Merwin, as well as a mysterious, malevolent creature, known as the Darkness or the gaiaphage (derived from Gaia, a Greek personification of the Earth, and “phage”, a type of virus). The first novel in this series, titled Gone, was originally published in 2008.

On July 30, 2013, author Michael Grant announced that Sony Pictures Television had acquired rights to produce Gone as a TV series

Vampire Academy Series, Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy is an American best-selling series of six young-adult paranormal romance novels by author Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the evil undead vampires) in St. Vladimir’s Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her instructor, Dimitri Belikov, while having an unbreakable bond with Lissa.

In 2010, a film based on the first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was announced. In February 2013 Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky were announced as part of the cast. Filming began in summer 2013 and it was released on February 2014.


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