The YA section has some excellent new books in a variety of genres. Check the the reviews of the books listed below, and try one yourself.
Unwind by Neal Schusterman YA F SCH
A gripping and thought provoking thriller that will keep you turning the pages. “Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called “unwinding.” Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be “donated” to another person so, technically, they don’t really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps.” School Library Journal as shared on Amazon.
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry YA F MAB
Imagine a world forever changed by a zombie apocalypse, where the lines between good and evil are blurred, where no one is just what they seem. “In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.” Amazon
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey YA F YAN
See the world through Cassie’s eyes as the alien spaceship approaches and ultimately seeks to destroy Earth. Separated from her family, she desperately seeks her brother, and struggles to survive in a world where the enemy and the survivor appear the same. “After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.” Amazon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW (2014 Printz Honor Award)
This book is moving and captivating, and you will find yourself thinking about it months after you have finished reading it. It is heart-warming and unforgettable, it will make you laugh and cry. “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.” Amazon
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW
“Fangirl is a coming-of-age novel that is smart, funny, and genuine. Fangirl takes place during Cather Avery’s first year of college, learning who she is when stripped down to just Cath–not the twins Cath & Wren and not Magicath, her fan fiction pen name.” Amazon
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green YA F GRE Soon to be a major motion film.
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.” Amazon
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein CD F WEI (audio book) “In exchange for a temporary stay of execution and lesser forms of torture, a young female spy captured in Nazi-occupied France writes a confession of her activities in the Resistance. Her story is that of two women who should never have crossed paths, yet were destined to become the best of friends and embark upon the covert mission that would determine which of them would live or die. Courage born of friendship, fierce hope, and surprising ironies abound in this spell-binding novel that will appeal to teens and adult readers alike.”–Seira Wilsonas posted on Amazon.