Chris’s YA Book Recommendations

Young Adult series worth reading by Chris William – work experience student

1 Divergent – by Veronica Roth


“Those who blamed aggression formed Amity. Those who blamed ignorance became Erudite. Those who blamed duplicity created Candor. Those who blamed selfishness made Abnegation. And those who blamed cowardice were the Dauntless.” – Beatrice’s thoughts

Amity is peace, Candor truth, Erudite knowledge, Abnegation selfless and Dauntless brave. So, what happens when you fit more than one of these attributes? Beatrice Prior has to choose between her family and her heart, Abnegation and Dauntless. Faction before blood, could she really leave her family behind? Everyone knew what they were and what faction they belonged to, no one had doubts. So, why did she?

2 Clockwork angel – by Cassandra Clare


“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages, I have not yet read” – Will

Tessa Grey arrived at England looking for a new life after the death of her aunt, but receives no word from her brother who she was meant to live with.  Instead she finds both she, herself, and her past are lies. Find out what happens when she is kidnapped, tortured, and told to marry a person she doesn’t even know. And later, journey with her as she earns her new life with Shadowhunters of the London Institute and finds heartbreaking love.

3 The Giver – by Lois Lowry

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“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” – Giver

You live in a perfect world. Or at least you thought it was perfect, till you got your life assignment. The Giver holds the memories, all the memories; all the emotions, colours, dreams, and hopes. Jonas will be the Giver one day, but he doesn’t think he can live like the people in his community again. He couldn’t pretend ignorance. What should he do?

4 Throne of Glass – by Sarah J Maas

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“We all bear scars. Mine just happen to be more visible than most.” – Celaena

What happens when the prince of Adarlan, wakes and frees the assassin of Adarlan (Celaena Sardothien), who would stop at nothing to kill his father. The condition is that she serve as his warrior, in a bet to determine who will become his father’s Champion (personal bodyguard/executioner). The tests are to death or till someone surrenders. Celaena needs to win, to have her freedom and avenge the death of her Sam. Especially now she’s so close she could taste it. But there something about Celaena that is not right and the Captain of the King’s Gaurd is determined to find out what.

5 Alice in Zombieland – by Gena Show alter


“My father was right the monsters are real.” – Alice

Alice was in a car accident, but it was no ordinary accident. The monsters who her father had warned about exist. They attacked her family. She was the only one left and she never got to say goodbye. No one else saw them, the monsters. At least that’s what she thought, until strange things started occurring at her school. Especially when she was around Cole Holland. Nothing is as it seems.

6 Alanna the first adventure – by Tamora Pierce


“I wish you would thrash him. He deserves it.” She looked back at him. “I will one day, sir. I’m getting tired of falling down.”

Alanna or Trebond hated her life, it was unfair. She had to become an sorceress , but her twin Thom with the gift of magic had to train as a knight. Alanna who always dreamed of being a knight, had no talent for magic whereas Thom her twin had no interest in violence. It wasn’t fair, it was just because she was born the girl and Thom the boy, she couldn’t be a knight and he a sorcerer. Find out what trials, tests and dangers they have to overcome when the decide to switch place, and Alanna becomes Alan of Trebond.

7 Obernewtyn – by Isobelle Carmody


“Sometimes success demands a certain refined insanity.”

Elspeth Gordie is an orphan with special mental abilities. Because of those abilities she is banished to the remote mountain institution of Obernewtyn, where ‘Misfits’ are sent. The more she learns of the place and it cruel masters, the more she becomes tangled in its fate and dangers. So she starts on the journey, planned and foreseen by those before her, her every action leads to a different consequence. She has to save them all, the Misfits, the animals, the many tribes, and their world, only she doesn’t know it yet. When will her life be her own?

8 Ender’s Game – by Orson Scott Card


“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

Ender (Andrew) Wiggin was one of three children. His sister too gentle and his brother too brutal, to be made the leader of the interstellar war. He was the a genius who might be Earth’s last hope. Taken to battle school to be trained to fight the aliens, the Buggers. He was their pawn the one who would be the leader of the war. Till he beat their game, till he outsmarted their system and their best teachers. But in the end he was too late, too late to save the ones he cared about. Learn about Ender and his friends, from their childhoods to their lives after battle school. And along the way learn a little about human nature.

9 The white cat – by Holly Black

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“She says that what you did was a cry for help.” “It was,” I say. “That’s why I was yelling ‘Heeeelp!’ I don’t really go in for subtlety.”

Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of workers. They can manipulate things. They can manipulate people, objects, physical form, etc. by touch. Cassel hates it, his mother’s constantly in jail, his family associated with major crime families and as for Cassel himself… Cassel killed a girl when he was fourteen, not just any girl but his childhood friend. Or that’s what he thought till he suspects someone had manipulated him. Who can he trust?

10 Artemis Fowl – by Eoin Colfer


“Butler could kill you a hundred different ways without use of his armory. Though I’m sure one would be quite sufficient.”

Artemis Fowl, the second, is a teenage criminal mastermind, managing to capture a Fairy Holly Short (the captain of the Lower Elements Police Recon) and holds her for ransom to exploit the fairies and restore his family’s fortune. The fairies bring trolls and more advanced weapons than humans have ever seen. Artemis counters with Butler and the fairy he captured. Follow the adventures of Artemis as he decides whether to take over the world or help save it.

11 Hunger Games by – Suzanne Collins


“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Katniss Everdeen never wanted to be in the Hunger Games. No one wants to be in the Hunger Games, except maybe the Careers who train for it all their entire lives. But when she saw her sister Prim up on that stage, no chance of ever coming back home alive or untouched, she volunteered. No one volunteers, no one in district twelve anyway, not in a very long time. Peeta was chosen as the male tribute, the boy who made bread. The one who saved her family from dying of starvation when her father died. She knew how to hunt, would survive – she would come home to Prim, her mother and Gale. She knew her chances were slim, but she had to be there for Prim.

Do you have a favourite YA novel – let us know by commenting below.

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  1. Jessica

    Chris, this is a wonderful list. I will have to have a look at a couple of the ones I haven’t read. Thank you for all of your hard work and help while you were here. It was a wonderful help.

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  2. Hi Chris, It was a pleasure working with you, you were a great help and worked very well in the library. Thank you so much and best of luck with all of your future goals. Take care – Melody.

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  3. Chantelle

    Excellent blog post Chris.
    I am very impressed with the effort and enthusiasm you put into this and all of the projects you were assigned during your time with us. We enjoyed having you with us and wish you well with your future studies. Hope to see you in the library some time soon. -Chantelle

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