13 Addicting Young Adult Series That Could Be Your Next Hunger Games

posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

The Hunger Games was an amazing series that left us all on the edge of our seat. Katniss’s struggle to overcome the strength of the Capitol in her dystopian world got our hearts pumping. Her love triangle with Peeta and Gale had our heads swooning. And now that it’s all over, we are left with nothing but the tattered pages of three well-read books…

Don’t despair! The young adult literary world holds more treasures than The Hunger Games. There are plenty of series out there that contain just as much adventure, suspense, and romance. Engross in yourself in one of these up-and-coming book series to fill the void left in your chest.


1. The Maze Runner - James Dashner

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The Maze Runner is just about ready to take over the big screen, and we have no doubt it will shatter more box office records. Thomas is a boy who has no memory of who he is, except for his name. He finds himself in a completely closed in world with 60 other boys with no way to escape. Things seem bleak, until a comatose girl arrives with a mysterious note.


2. The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

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The movie version of the first book in this series, City of Bones, just came out last year. While it didn’t do so well, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read the books. Clary is a normal girl living in New York City, until she witnesses a murder committed by a group of tattoo-covered teenagers. She is quickly pulled into the world of the Shadowhunters and must battle demons to rescue her mother.


3. The Selection – Kiera Cass


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Wouldn’t it be nice to be a princess? For America Singer, it is not. All she wants is to run away with her secret love Aspen. However, she along with 34 other girls have been chosen to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. Think “The Bachelor” mixed with all of the fashion segments from The Hunger Games.


4. Legend – Marie Lu

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The western United States is now known as the Republic, a warring nation that loves to fight. June is a girl born into a wealthy family, while Day is a wanted criminal. One day June’s brother is murdered, and Day is the prime suspect. June wants to avenge her brother’s death, but soon comes to realize that Day may not be the person she is looking for.


5. Matched – Ally Condie

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In a Society where love is a statistical formula, Cassia trusts that her Matching will be right. As she expected, she sees the face of her best friend Xander appear on the screen… as well as a flash of the face of Ky. The Society swears it’s a glitch, but Cassia finds her thoughts drifting more and more to Ky, doubting the infallibility of the world around her.


6. Exceptional – Jess Petosa

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The Untied States has created a serum that modified the human genetic code. Unfortunately, a deadly airborne virus was also created, killing 75 percent of the world’s population. Ally is immune to the virus and known as an Ordinary. Luke is an Exceptional, meaning his ancestors survived the virus and passed on their super strength and speed to him. Read on to see what happens when the two meet.


7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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Jacob’s grandfather tells him stories of levitating and invisible children. When his grandfather dies, he finds a mysterious letter that sets him on an adventure to the island where his grandfather grew up. It is here that he sees his grandfather’s stories were real and begins to fear he is being chased by a monster only he can see.


8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor

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Karou is an art student from Prague with a strangeness about her. She has blue hair, sees monsters no one else does, and speaks many languages. Unfortunately, she has no idea who she is, until she meets Akiva. Their star-crossed love will help her find out more about herself – but is it something she really wants to know?


9. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

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In a futuristic world where cyborgs and humans mix freely, the earth is in danger of being attacked by a vicious lunar population. Cinder is a cyborg who meets Prince Kai, and suddenly she is in the middle of the ongoing intergalactic struggle. She must solve the mystery of her past to protect her world’s future.


10. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

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The world of Ravka is being torn apart by a vicious force known as the Shadow Fold. It contains pitch-black darkness and vicious monsters. Alina and her regiment are attacked on the Fold and it is only through the use of her dormant power that they survive. She is taken to be trained as a Grisha, a group of magical elite that protect the realm. But everything is not what it seems, and she must decide which side she is really on.


11. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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Juliette has a terrifying power. Everyone she touches dies. But instead of keeping her hidden away, the Reestablishment wants to use her as a weapon against their foes. She must learn to fight back against them for her freedom and try to reconcile with the boy that she thought she lost forever.


12.  The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau

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In a post-war civilization, the Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) has a program called The Testing. Only the best and brightest young adults are selected and trained to become the next leaders of the society. When Malencia is chosen, her father warns her of the dangerous nightmares that come along with the The Testing. She encounters danger, a dash of romance, and a lot of terror.


13. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

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Poor Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital to learn that she has been in an accident that killed her friends. She, however, was unharmed. Mara must battle a list of psychological issues as she tries to heal mentally, but her sharp tongue gives the reader something to enjoy. What Mara didn’t bargain for is the romance she becomes a part of as her story unfolds.


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