The Twilight and Harry Potter movie franchises may be finished but Young Adult fiction is still big news at the box office. With cinematic sequels due for Divergent and The Maze Runner and the final outing for the phenomenally successful Hunger Games sequence still to come it seems that dystopian fiction in particular is box office gold. But dystopias are not the only Young Adult novels getting the Hollywood treatment so if bleak futures aren’t your thing maybe you will find something else more appealing amongst this selection of some of the best Young Adult tomes currently in production:
Fallen by Lauren Kate. Forbidden love pulses at the heart of this dark paranormal romance. When Luce meets Daniel she has an intense feeling that they have met before, but how is that possible when she knows for a fact that they haven’t?
Matched by Allie Condie. Cassie lives in a society where every life choice is made for her including who her life partner will be but when she falls in love with someone who isn’t her match Cassie decides it’s time to make some choices of her own. This is the first book in an exciting dystopian trilogy.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Two young magicians’ fates intertwine when they are used as pawns in the power games of their older masters and The Night Circus becomes the stage for a fantastical tale of magic, love and rivalry.
Paper Towns by John Green. An unusual coming of age tale from the author of the hugely popular The Fault in Our Stars. When the girl Quinten love’s mysteriously disappears he embarks on an epic and life changing road trip across America to find her.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Photography and text are used to startling effect to tell the story of sixteen year old Jacob. Sent to a remote Welsh island following a family tragedy he discovers the remains of an orphanage and within its crumbling walls some very unusual photographs which may hold clues to the fate of the strange children who used to live there.
Wither (The Chemical Garden Book One) by Lauren DeStefano. Rhina lives in a world where due to faulty genetic engineering women die at the age of 20 and men at 25. With only four years left to live Rhina is kidnapped and sold into a polygamous marriage with a rich young man. In order to escape and reunite with her twin brother she must first learn who she can trust amongst the other wives and servants of her new household come prison but the clock is ticking.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Thirteen names on a list, thirteen cassette tapes and thirteen reasons why teenager Hanna Baker took her own life. Compelling, tragic and utterly believable.