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#ReadingList: Best young adult fiction books to look out for

If you’re a fan of YA fiction, look out for these books in the last few months of the year

brunch Updated: Sep 11, 2017 11:41 IST
Anushree Nande
Here’s a list of young adult fiction that you might not want to miss
Here’s a list of young adult fiction that you might not want to miss

You might think young adult fiction, defined as fiction targeted at readers aged between 14 and 21, has been around forever, but librarians and literary professionals were wary of labelling it even as late as the 1970s.

That’s because this new genre promised an expression of ideas that were not previously accessible, and they worried that impressionable youth would be in possession of radical beliefs. The then-new literary movement accepted that it wasn’t creating innovative literature, but giving a separate space for books that existed, yet didn’t quite fit into the traditional areas of publishing (for example, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, published in the 1930s).

Over the years, the genre has allowed many new, diverse voices and perspectives to tell their stories. Here are some you can look forward to in the second half of 2017.

They Both Die At The End: Adam Silvera

Released on September 5

From the bestselling author of More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me comes the story of Mateo and Rufus, who get calls from ‘Death Cast’ telling them they have a day to live. They meet through the ‘Last Friend’ app and have to decide how to experience an entire lifetime in the time they have left.

You may also enjoy: I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson), The Sun Is Also A Star (Nicola Yoon), Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz)

Tower of Dawn: Sarah J. Maas

Released on September 5

Sarah J. Maas’s debut novel, Throne of Glass, is loosely based on the idea that what if Cinderella had gone to the ball to kill the prince instead to meet him? But the latest book of the science fiction and high fantasy series stars Chaol Westfall, former Captain of the Royal Guard and the Hand of the King to best friend Dorian Havilliard, and tracks his journey to a distant empire. It’s a “parallel novel” that takes place during the events of Empire of Storms (the fifth instalment).

You may also enjoy: Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo), Vicious (VE Schwab)

Jay Kristoff: Godsgrave

Released on September 5

The young Mia Corvere, who was apprenticed to the Red Church, has now become one of the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder. Her revenge mission against the family that destroyed hers continues in Godsgrave, the second book of the Nevernight Chronicle.

You may also enjoy: Long May She Reign (Rhiannon Thomas), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor), A Darker Shade of Magic (VE Schwab)

Little Fires Everywhere: Celeste NG

Released on September 12

Celeste Ng’s debut was the 2014 Everything I Never Told You about a Chinese-American family whose middle daughter Lydia drowns in a lake. She continues the trend of families and secrets in Little Fires Everywhere and adds motherhood and the darkness behind the suburban facade. Eccentric artist Mia Warren rents a house in Shaker Heights, Ohio with 15-year-old daughter Pearl. Their rich landlords are the Richardsons. Over the summer, the two families will dangerously entwine.

You may also enjoy: The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), We Were Liars (E Lockhart), The Secret Keeper (Kate Morton)

Turtles All The Way Down: John Green

Releasing on October 10

This is the author’s first published fiction work since the 2012 The Fault in Our Stars. Sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes is a high-schooler living with OCD and this is about her search for a fugitive billionaire. The other obscure details released say that it will include Star Wars fan-fiction, Tuatara (reptiles living in New Zealand) and unexpected reunions.

You may also enjoy: All The Bright Places (Jennifer Nevin), Beautiful Broken Things (Sara Barnard), The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

All the Crooked Saints: Maggie Stiefvater

Releasing on October 10

There is no information about this standalone novel other than a piece of art by the author that was released recently (she’s an artist and musician). It has two hands reaching for each other. Each palm has an owl’s face in it, the owl in the lower hand darker than the one above. Maggie Stiefvater’s debut was the 2008 Lament. Since then, she’s released a book a year (two in 2009) for her various fantasy and young adult series – The Books of Faerie (Lament was book one), The Wolves of Mercy Fall and The Raven Cycle.

The Girl in the Tower: Katherine Arden

Releasing on December 5

With her early 2017 debut, The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden wove a world in the tradition of the best fantasies. Rooted in Russian folklore, there is darkness, magic, history, myth... and stories. Vasilisa has grown up on the edge of a forest listening to her nurse’s fairy tales, not imagining that one day soon she’ll have to fight and protect the ones she loves. The Girl in the Tower continues her journey.

You may also enjoy: Uprooted (Naomi Novik), American Gods/ Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)

From HT Brunch, September 10, 2017

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