On Saturday, October 15 the polls closed for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen’s Top Ten books of 2016. This top ten list is chosen from teens all around the country who nominate and then vote for their favorite books of the previous year. A big YA reader myself but unable to vote, each year I review the books nominated and choose my own top ten. Then, when the list comes out, I like to compare my choices with the ones the teens have chosen. Last year, I only got four correct. Let’s see how I did this year.
If you ask me how I feel about the final books of the Divergent and Legend trilogies coming out this fall, I will jump up and down with excitement and then break down into tears. Since 2011, young adult booklovers have been following the adventures of Tris and June as they fight battles, fall in love, and struggle to make their respective worlds better places. Now their journeys are coming to an end as the final books in each trilogy are released, and though I desperately want to read the books, I know I will miss the characters when the journey is over.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Release date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Main Characters: Tris & Four
Set within a dystopian version of Chicago, the Divergent Trilogy follows sixteen-year-old Tris Prior, who struggles to find herself within the accepted walls of the factions. But when traitors from two factions work together to seize control of their divided society, Tris discovers the world of the factionless and the reasons the factions were created. This third book promises to answer all of the questions left unanswered in its predecessors. A movie based on her first book, Divergent, is scheduled to be released March 2014.
Champion by Marie Lu
Release date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Main Characters: June & Day
This dystopian trilogy begins on the flooded coast of the former city of Los Angeles, where the Republic and the Colonies are at war. The Legend Trilogy follows two fifteen-year-olds, June and Day, who are pitted against each other by the Republic, and are used as pawns by the Patriots. In an interview with USA Today, Lu said that she hopes people will still like her after the ending, which makes me nervous about saying good-bye to these characters. Although there is talk about a movie version of Legend, production has not yet begun on the project.
(Sigh) Well, I guess there is nothing we can do after the last books come out but read each trilogy all over again.
You will be able to find Allegiant and Champion on their release dates at your local Half Price Books as part of our New Bestsellers Program.
Two months ago we posted our list of the Most Popular Book Club books, compiled from submissions from our 3,000 bibliomaniacs, and then last month published the Top Underrated Book Club books. You may have noticed a lack of Young Adult titles on those lists, and for good reason — we were saving them for this month’s list:
(1) The Fault in our Stars by John Green; (2) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; (3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; (4) Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli; (5) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver; (6) The Perks of a Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; (7) Looking for Alaska by John Green; (8) Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley; (9) Winger by Andrew Smith; (10) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta;(11) Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma; (12) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson; (13) Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride; (14) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; (15) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart; (16) The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti; (17) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews; (18) Every Day by David Levithan; (19) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; (20) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; (21) The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour; (22) Boy 21 by Matthew Quick; (23) Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell; (24) Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi; (25) Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd; (26) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld; (27) Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld; (28) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; (29) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King; (30) The Giver by Lois Lowry; (31) The DUFF by Kody Keplinger; (32) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
There were a ton of titles we wanted to include but didn’t quite make the cut — so which ones would you have included on this list? Let us know in the comments! – Kristen D.