Novel Entertainment: 50 Best Fiction Books for Young Adults
With all the electronic gadgets, games and hi-tech systems today, it’s a wonder that we still have time to sit back and read! However, reading is a wonderful way to relax and free your mind of stress or worries. It can even be a sort of virtual escape for a while. Books have a lovely way of whisking away their readers into incredible and strange worlds. More importantly, the more you read, the better you become at writing and expressing yourself. You’ll end up learning without even realizing it! Reading is one of the best, most rewarding habits a person can develop. To get you started, here are fifty of the top fiction novels for teens and young adults, in no particular order. Some are old classics and others are recent bestsellers, but they will all help to entertain and educate.
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver – A group of scientists find a cure to stop love, and the government makes it mandatory for citizens to receive it when they turn eighteen years old. Knowing that lost love can lead to much pain and grief, Lena Holloway can’t wait for this day… until she herself falls in love.
- Matched by Ally Condie – In a futuristic society, Officials dictate where people should work, who they should fall in love with and much more. Cassia receives the face of her best guy friend on the Matching monitor but just before another face is displayed. Now she has to decide between the two and find out who is her true match.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Katniss is a teenage girl in Panem, a poverty-stricken area of a ruined future post-war United States. According to the terms of surrender, a boy and girl from each area have to be given up each year to appear on a TV game show, where they are pitted against the other contestants in a battle for life. When they pick her sister for the show, Katniss swaps places with her and goes instead..
- Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Harking back to ancient Greek mythology with a modern twist, young Percy Jackson has to trek all the way across the U.S. to track down a thief who has run off with Zeus’ lightning bolt; a powerful weapon that could cause major destruction! Along his travels, Percy encounters the father he does not know, dangerous enemies, and an eerie warning of betrayal by someone very close to him..
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – Fantasy meets modern reality in this sensational blockbuster romantic thriller when teenager Bella Swan moves to a new high school. There she meets the pale and slightly strange Edward Cullen, who is certainly not what he seems. When Bella finds out that Edward and his family are vampires, things quickly spiral out of control.
- Evermore by Alyson Noel – After a terrible accident, Ever finds that she has somehow gained the ability to read people’s minds and know their history simply by touching them. Labeled as a freak, Ever is isolated until she runs into Damen Auguste. Around him, her thoughts are mysteriously silenced. Ever finds herself quickly falling for Damen while still questioning the curious mystery behind him.
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier – Jerry Renault takes a stand by refusing to take part in a school fundraiser and finds himself pitted against the clique of popular kids plus the school officials. The situation quickly gets worse and ends up as a brutal, scary situation..
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding –A group of schoolboys are stranded on a remote island after an airplane crash during WWII. As they start to fall into groups, leaders and other roles, they find that human nature can turn very dark indeed.
- The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Clary Fray, a fifteen year-old girl in New York City, accidentally sees a brutal murder take place, but finds it hard to explain when nobody else can see the murderers. The killers are Shadowhunters; their job is to eliminate demons. And now they want to know how Clary can see them and why she’s being sought by demons herself.
- The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – Siblings, Carter and Sadie have been separated in their relationship as well as physically after their mother passed away. Their Egyptologist dad, Dr. Kane gathers them together for special museum research work and inadvertently releases Set, an ancient Egyptian deity. Carter and Sadie are forced to flee on a worldwide quest to uncover the strange mystery about their family and the pharaohs.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Young Susie Salmon is brutally murdered and while her body is no longer alive, her spirit is still able to observe and move with the living. In this thrilling tale, Susie has to find a way to point her parents and the police towards the real killer before he can attack again.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – After Clay Jenson’s classmate, Hannah Baker, commits suicide, he finds a box of cassette tapes recorded by her. Through the thirteen tapes, Hannah explains why Clay was one of the reasons that drove her to end her life. .
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher – Gemma, a teenage girl, is kidnapped at an airport and taken to the Australian wilderness. Her kidnapper had been planning her abduction for a long time and after a while, Gemma starts to uncover new mysteries about the kidnapper.
- Fallen by Lauren Kate – In a suffocating boarding school where the students’ every move is watched, Luce Price is strangely drawn to Daniel Grigori. Oddly, he goes out of his way to avoid her and now Luce is determined enough to risk her life to find out his secret.
- Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – In an entire world which is a prison, one man wonders where he came from and how he got there. In a different old-world society that is actually digitally controlled, a girl struggles to escape her pre-planned life. Both are trapped and have to find a way of breaking free.
- The Host by Stephanie Meye – The Earth has been invaded and the unseen forces are using human bodies as hosts. Melanie is captured and communicates her love for a human man named Jared to Wanderer, the invading occupant. Together they head off in search of Jared, but now Wanderer is also obsessed with Jared.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Set in the Victorian era, teenaged Tessa Grey is sailing to England. Upon arriving, she is suddenly kidnapped by members of a very mysterious organization who need her help to destroy evil demons that roam the shadowy London streets.
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Grace has long known about the wolves that lurk in the woods near her house, but she has always been enticed by one wolf with striking yellow eyes. Unbeknownst to her, this creature lives as a wolf during the winter and a human in summer.
- Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser – On an anonymous blog, an ill-wishing author has been posting the names of high school students who should die. When they go missing, Madison Archer is terrified when she realizes that she could be the next.
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis – A cryogenically frozen teenage girl aboard a spaceship is deposited in the wrong era and destination. Now she has to find out what went wrong and who is trying to kill her!
- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer – Calla Tor has the perfect alpha wolf as her future mate after graduation. In fact she has it all: love, power and beauty. After going against the rules for a mortal, she risks losing everything – but is it worth it?.
- Wings by Aprilynne Pike – Laurel always thought she was a normal human, but soon she finds that she's actually a faerie who is tasked with protecting the Avalon entryway in the human realm. She unexpectedly falls in love with a human and finds herself questioning her loyalties.
- Peter and Max by Bill Willinghams – Fairy tale characters reside in modern-day New York City and run into a series of zany and sometimes dangerous adventures and exploits.
- Need by Carrie Jones – Zara has led a hard life and is finally sent to live in a quiet, small town with her grandmother. Her peaceful life is suddenly disturbed by a curious little pixie who has been following her. However, this pixie is not the good kind. In fact, he’s very, very bad.
- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce – The old fable of Hansel and Gretel is revisited in this tale of Gretchen and her two siblings. After wandering through the forest in search of a witch, they are spooked and Gretchen’s sister goes missing. Later as adults, Ansel and Gretchen find themselves once again facing the same monstrous creature .
- Swoon by Nina Malkin – A young man is unfairly sentenced to death in 1769. He later returns as a spirit and inhabits the body of a woman. While controlling her to carry out his revenge, she falls in love with him, and he falls in love with her as well.
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – Nora Grey is a regular high school student until she falls in love with Patch. She is led into several scary situations with nobody to trust, and realizes that she has landed in the middle of a very old conflict that involves immortal creatures.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Thomas wakes up one day to find that he can’t remember a thing. He is in an unfamiliar location – a maze - populated by other boys who also don’t know how they arrived there. One day a girl enters, with a startling message, and it is up to Thomas to figure it out.
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Mary lives in a protected village run by the Sisterhood and the Guardians. Beyond that is the perilous Forest of Hands and Teeth. When Mary uncovers some disturbing truths about her village and its people, she is torn between staying or heading out into a world full of danger.
- Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick – After a freak accident, all digital and computer systems worldwide are wiped out. A small group of kids band together to navigate this new and dangerous world together, knowing that nobody is to be trusted..
- Numbers by Rachel Ward – Jem has a very peculiar gift; she can tell when a person is going to die by looking into their eyes. One day, while she is in line at a giant Ferris wheel, she realizes that everybody in line has the same death day. Can she stop the massive tragedy that is about to occur?.
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marionr R is a zombie who has the ability to dream and think. After feasting on a teenage boy’s brains, R reads his memories and tracks down the boy’s girlfriend, Julie. R is convinced that he has to protect Julie but it could spell out a host of trouble for him..
- Beastly by Alex Flinn – Kyle Kingsbury is handsome, rich and smart, but his impeccable life is destroyed when a witch turns him into a hideous monster. How can he navigate his way through school and the city, and will he ever be able to revert back to his old self again?.
- I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore – A group of nine aliens land on Earth and assume the appearance of human teens. They are separated, each living in a different country. One by one, they begin to be murdered. John Smith, aka Number Four, knows that he is the next target and has to do everything he can to survive.
- Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – Teenage Benny lives in a world swarming with zombies and he takes on a job as a zombie killer. He expects it to be a fairly routine, boring task, but then discovers that the reality is much more horrifying.
- My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares – Spanning several centuries, this story tells of Daniel who attempts to win over Lucy, who he had known in a previous life. She is spooked, but curious when he disappears. Daniel’s narrative traces his near encounters with her throughout the centuries..
- Fateful by Claudia Gray – It is the early 1900s and Tess Davies, working as a maid to the rich but problematic Lisle family, hopes to escape. Aboard the Titanic, en route to America, Tess meets Alec, a handsome passenger with a secret of his own. Her association with him brings a new revelation to light: the werewolves that were hunting Alec are now after her too!.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou is a mystery: she constantly sketches monsters as if they were lifelike, disappears on inexplicable missions, and speaks non-human languages. When the handsome but unearthly Akiva crosses her path, Karou is about to unveil some very unwelcome and dangerous secrets.
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Samantha Kingston gets an unheard of second chance to live her very last day on Earth. Now she has to decide what to do with this precious time and more importantly, figure out who or what killed her.
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – Four teenage girls are bound together by a pair of seemingly magical jeans. The pants travel with them through their summer adventures and they each find that there might just be a miracle or two left after all.
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – Evie is not your typical teen. She works at the secretive International Paranormal Containment Agency, once dated a male faerie and is now in love with a shape-shifter! If that wasn’t strange enough, things really heat up when an old prophecy claiming that all paranormals will be destroyed starts to come true.
- Misfit by Jon Skovron – Mythology comes alive for sixteen-year-old Jael Thompson, daughter to a strict priest and a demon mother. Literally. Jael knows her life isn’t ordinary, but when an ancient demon is out to destroy her family, she has to go to terrible lengths to save them.
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff – Mackie comes from a strange land of the living dead but finds himself in Gentry, the human world. Unable to adapt, he is gradually fading away. When his crush’s little sister disappears, Mackie has to summon his strength to find her through the darkest, most sinister worlds.
- Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton – Two teens in a sleepy, small town get caught up in an ancient mystery when a book of spells shows up in relation to the murders of their parents. Now hunted by a witch, Nick and Silla have to work together to find out what really happened and how to save themselves.
- Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs – Starting over at a new school is scary enough without bumping into a real-life minotaur and a slayer who looks just like you! When a third identical girl shows up, the three find that they are long lost triplets and even more bizarrely, the descendents of none other than Medusa.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – When a new girl moves into town, Ethan Wate can’t quite explain why he is so mesmerized by her. In trying to find out, he risks exposing a dark secret that could harm them all. .
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – During the Scorpio Races, riders risk their lives to win. Sean Kendrick is confident as the reigning champion, but everything could change drastically when Puck Connolly, the first girl to enter, competes against him..
- Virals by Kathy Reichs – Tory Brennan and her gang of amateur teenage science fans gain animalistic reflexes and senses after being exposed to a unique type of canine parvovirus. After a murder occurs, the teens have to put their new talents to the test and find the killer.
- Gone by Michael Grant – The adults in society suddenly vanish, leaving behind only kids and teens. In this new world, deadly creatures emerge and it’s every kid on their own.
- Eve by Anna Carey – In a post-apocalyptic world, a few hundred surviving orphans have been raised in a school, never venturing beyond its walls. Upon graduation, they are assured jobs in the new world. Eve discovers a terrible secret about their real fate and after escaping, she meets males for the first time. When one of them offers her his protection from the soldier, Eve has to decide between her life, or trust and love.