The film adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner hits theaters today. To celebrate, we’re sharing books like The Maze Runner that you might enjoy. Check out a few below, and see them all here.
Nil by Lynne Matson
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.
Hungry by H.A. Swain
In Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?
Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It’s a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a “privy” like her ever truly be part of a revolution?
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers—all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—really?
The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel Monument 14, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
The Rule of Three by Eric Walters
One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight—guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world—facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.SHARE THIS
We cannot believe that the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Tour starts tonight (where did summer go!?), but it does! Ann Aguirre, Caragh M. O’Brien, and Marie Rutkowski are heading on the road! Find out where you can see them below. Can’t make any of the tour stops? Our Fierce Reads dedicated bloggers will be covering the events, so be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs!
Saturday, 9/20 6PM
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Politics & Prose at the Bethesda Library
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The first leg of the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Tour kicks off on September 16, and the second leg of the tour kicks off on October 8. You’ll have the chance to meet tons of your favorite authors, and we’re also giving you the chance to get your questions for them answered on Twitter!
Join us and authors Ann Aguirre, Gennifer Albin, Josephine Angelini*, Nikki Kelly, Lish McBride, and Caragh M. O’Brien on Monday, 9/29 at 9PM EST / 6PM PST to learn more about Mortal Danger, Unraveled, Trial by Fire, Lailah, Firebug, and The Vault of Dreamers.
As always, there will be swag for participants! Up for grabs are SIGNED COPIES of Mortal Danger, Unraveled, Trial by Fire, Lailah, Firebug, and The Vault of Dreamers. So mark your calendars and get your questions for these fierce authors ready!
*Please note that Josephine Angelini is a tentative participate because her child’s due date is September 30. If Josephine is unable to join the chat, we’ll send your questions for her to her for her to answer at a later time. And no matter what, you’ll still have a chance to win a signed copy of Trial by Fire!
If you want to win our YA titles as beautiful (often signed!) hardcovers and advance copies months before the books come out, make sure you’re following us on Twitter, subscribed to our Teen E-Newsletter (you can signup here), checking in with this blog, and looking out for our Goodreads giveaways.
We absolutely loved watching all of your videos for the Fierce Reads Video Contest. Believe us, A LOT of emails were sent around raving about just how adorable our fans are. But there can only be one winner, and it’s time to announce who that winner is. Drum roll please.
The winner of the Fierce Reads Video Contest is Linden Tree Books! Watch their video below:
Didn’t win? Don’t worry! Five first place winners will receive a signed set of the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads books! We’ll be announcing those winners soon.
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We know that you love reading, and we do, too. But sometimes you read a book and you’re just not sure where to go from there. MacTeenBooks Recommends is here to help!
This month, we have recommendations for fans of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
Remember when we said we’d release an exclusive short story from Ann Aguirre if Ann reached her pre-order goal for Mortal Danger? Well, you pre-ordered, and now we have the short story for you! Learn more about “The Girl in the Gray Sweatshirt” below and read it here.
Before their deal – the one they strike in Mortal Danger – Kian and Edie are connected. But Edie doesn’t know that. She’s a girl in a gray sweatshirt, a girl who believes no one notices her, and no one cares. But Kian does. He just can’t show her how much. Yet.
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