Off The Shelf: 10 New Must-Read Series After 'The Hunger Games'
There is no shortage of great duos, trilogies and ongoing series to choose from.
Rebecca Ridlington, The Huffington Post Canada
The final film installment in The Hunger Games" franchise has come out, and with it, the realization that this compelling and highly-addictive series has concluded. And while the last book may have been published in 2010, there's something about the last movie being released that drives home the reality.
Fortunately for fans of young adult fiction (no matter your age), there is no shortage of seriously good duos, trilogies and ongoing series to choose from in every genre imaginable. There are strong female characters ranging from assassins to cyborgs to future queens living in hiding. There are also fantastical realms, retellings of fairy tales and Gothic classics, and sometimes eerily realistic future dystopian societies.
We've rounded up 10 of the series that are at the top of our post-Hunger Games reading list below. Let us know which series you'll be picking up next!
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is the first in a dystopian series by Veronica Roth. It's set in a futuristic walled Chicago, with a society divided into very specific factions according to particular aptitudes and strengths. The series follows Tris Prior, who is unique and "divergent" in that she is unusually suited to multiple factions. There is action, drama, romance and tragedy. Even better? The book-to-film adaptations starring Shailene Woodley are ongoing, ready to watch once you've finished the novels.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
There is so much hype among young adult fiction lovers and Booktubers about this debut novel by Victoria Aveyard, the much-anticipated sequel which is coming out in 2016. The story is set in a world where ordinary, red-blooded folk serve a supernaturally gifted silver-blooded elite. This is a take on the rags-to-riches tale, where our heroine, Mare, is the extraordinary among the ordinary -- a red-blooded girl with her own unique gift that catches the eye of royalty. Intrigue, secrets and the possibility of revolution? Sign us up!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is the first book in the four-part Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer that can only be described as fairy tale meets science fiction. There's a handsome prince and an evil queen, but there are also androids, mutant warriors and dangerously precarious negotiations with a lunar civilization that could easily have disastrous results for those on earth. It's also of note that each fairy tale-inspired heroine represented in these novels is interesting and independent in her own right, holding jobs like mechanic and hacker. These ladies are not your traditional damsels-in-distress, and we love that!
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
There are already rumours of a film version involving a famous fan of "The Queen Of The Tearling," Emma Watson, which should be a good indicator about the success of this novel from Erika Johansen. There are some familiar themes of a hidden princess, an evil queen and the quest to bring the rightful ruler back to the throne, but these are given the twist of a medieval setting that has developed several centuries into our future. This first book in a series is getting a ton of hype, and for good reason.
The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
What would it be like to live in a world filled with the noise of the thoughts of others? Where all the wrong people can hear your innermost thoughts? This is the premise upon which Patrick Ness' "Chaos Walking" trilogy begins, and we can vouch for the fact that each of these three novels will have you hooked until the very end.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
An abandoned asylum, tragedy and amnesia. This trio of novels from Michelle Hodkin is creepy, chilling and utterly unputdownable. It blends ideas of sanity and reality with the paranormal, and the added complexity of young love. And with its hauntingly beautiful cover art, we couldn't resist picking these up.
Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas' "Throne Of Glass" series is four books in and counting. This series basically offers something for everyone -- from an incredibly strong female heroine in Celaena (she's an assassin!) to royal intrigue, to a richly depicted fantasy world, to a hint of magic. It's pretty clear why this stellar series made it onto our must-read shelf.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
If you're a fan of Gothic fiction, this trilogy from Megan Shepherd cleverly weaves themes from several classic works into an eerie and utterly engrossing tale that follows Juliet Moreau (yes, that Moreau) as she unravels the mystery behind her father's work, cautiously explores her own scientific curiosity and grapples with the complexities of love, sanity and the ongoing struggle to find the line between right and wrong. Creepy, fascinating and absolutely addictive.
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
This novel from Mindy McGinnis and the companion tale, "In A Handful Of Dust," is a duology set in a scarily possible future where water is extremely scarce, and finding as well as protecting access to a reliable water source is a matter of life and death. Survivalist meets dystopian meets an almost western-style frontier tale of vigilante justice, these two intense novels are well worth a read.
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo
"Shadow And Bone" is the first in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. It's a fantasy series that follows Alina, an orphan with extraordinary abilities. There is royalty to reckon with, oncoming darkness to fear, monsters, secrets and a fantastical world to dive into. We're definitely intrigued.
This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada.
Certain site features have been disabled. If you have questions or concerns,
please check our FAQ or