Teen

Books Like the Hunger Games:
9 More Addictive Series for Teens

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Thanks to the movie adaptations, we’ve all heard of Twilight, Divergent, and The Hunger Games — book series that teens gobbled up and, through their sheer enthusiasm (and fandom), helped make worldwide phenomena.

But after you’ve binge-read those, what comes next? Fortunately, addictive teen series abound, and one or more of these series should capture the imagination of your favorite young reader (and possibly strike your fancy as well).

  • The Raven Cycle

    by Maggie Stiefvater

    Soon to be getting the film treatment, this series follows Blue Sargent, the daughter of a small-town psychic who’s grown up being told that should she ever kiss her true love, he’ll die. Though she doesn’t believe in true love, she still stays away from Aglionby Academy and the temptations of the Raven Boys who go there. Yup, talk about star-crossed.

  • The Mortal Instruments

    by Cassandra Clare

    Clare’s dark fantasy series has one foot planted firmly on earth, which makes this a good series for teens who like their protagonists quick-witted and their settings fairly urban. The now many-book series follows Clary Fray as she falls in with a group known as the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. The chemistry between Clary and sneering Jace is an ideal romance for fans who like banter with bite.

  • The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

    by Libba Bray

    This series’ launch actually predates the first book in the Twilight series and though it should have gotten equal, if not better, reception, it was overshadowed by those glittery vampires. At the center of the trilogy is Gemma Doyle, a headstrong Victorian era 16-year-old who is plagued by visions, including one that predicts her mother’s death. At her new London boarding school, she gains a trio of followers who want to explore the secrets of Gemma’s travels to other realms. What’s best about the book series is Bray’s devotion to examining the position of Victorian era society women.

  • Starcrossed

    by Josephine Angelini

    Providing a modern take on Greek myths, Angelini’s books thrive on the chemistry between Helen Hamilton, a shy Nantucket teen whose great beauty, strength, and visions set her apart from her peers, and Lucas Delos, the boy to whom she’s both drawn to and repelled by. The thick volumes move quickly and are guaranteed to keep romance lovers engrossed.

  • Throne of Glass

    Sarah J. Maas

    No one can say this series is led by a weak female character. Celaena Sardothien is the best assassin in the kingdom, but she’s in prison. She’s offered her freedom if she can win at a brutal game wherein she must defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition where she will be the king’s champion. Many teen readers are drawn to the action and romance, but author Maas has also received lauds for her smart world-building and political intrigue.

  • Shatter Me

    by Tahereh Mafi

    This dystopian series centers on Juliette, who has a touch that’s actually fatal. No one cares, because the world has crumbled, and Juliette is in prison. But eventually The Reestablishment gives her the option to be one of its weapons. Fans of the series love Mafi’s stream-of-consciousness writing style.

  • Eve

    by Anna Carey

    Another dystopian series – this one with touches of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – is set in New America, a perilous place ravaged by disease. Eve has never been outside the walls of her school, until she learns that she’s not been educated to become a teacher or an artist, but a breeder, forced to help repopulate the new world. She escapes, and that’s where the story begins.

  • Pretty Little Liars

    by Sarah Shepard

    The wildly popular TV series started as a series of fast-reading, witty teen novels. Though the books do differ from the show, they have the same wildly scandalous and addictive plot lines surrounding the four main characters, not to mention the compelling and wicked mystery around the true identity of the malicious “A.”

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty

    by Jenny Han

    A different kind of trilogy from the others on this list, these contemporary reads are perfect for the beach – or during the long winter when the beach feels way too far away. The story centers on Belly, who’s grown up around the Fischer boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She’s always loved cool, quiet Conrad, but what is she to do when it turns out both he and Jeremiah have feelings for her?