Not every young adult book series reaches Harry Potter/Twilight/The Hunger Games status. Some of ’em, even totally awesome ones, get put on the back burner for reasons unknown. Could be because they don’t have a megawatt fanbase like the aforementioned, or a movie deal in the works… Honestly, there’s no scientific way of knowing.
Fortunately for you, we’re absolutely obsessed with all things YA — and not just the mainstream novels — which is why we felt it necessary to introduce you to the following six fantastic series you’ve (probably) never heard about before today. Check ’em out, book lovers!
Let the Sky Fall series
by Shannon Messenger
Book #2, Let the Storm Break, was recently released, and OMG. Here's the short scoop: "Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn't know how much longer he can last on his own."
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Graceling Realm series
by Kristin Cashore
Tough-as-nails Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was 8 years old because she's, as the title suggests, a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land that possesses an extreme skill. While she was born into royalty, her 'skill' is also what keeps her under the king's thumb.
by Brent Weeks
Harry Potter lovers, this one's for you. The four-book series is set in a world where color is the foundation for all magic. The plot: Gavin Guile is the Prism , the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
The Safe Lands series
by Jill Williamson
Divergent fans, feast your eyes on your next fave. "In a dystopian future, 18-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many — including his fiancee, Jem — taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe."
Red Rising series
by Pierce Brown
If you thought Divergent was reminiscent of The Hunger Games, just you wait. Red Rising's like the Suzanne Collins series meets Lord of the Flies — with a twist!
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The Program series
by Suzanne Young
In the shocking series, teen suicide has become an epidemic. The only solution: The Program. Since lead character Sloane's parents have already lost one child, she knows they'll do anything to keep her alive — including placing her in The Program if necessary. The problem is that, although your depression ceases to exist after enduring it, your memories will cease to exist as well.
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Toxic City series
by Tim Lebbon
Don't look at it as another dystopian tale. Think of it as The Hunger Games meets X-Men as London is cut off from the world after a terrorist attack, while a handful of survivors evolve into something new.
Photo: Prometheus Books