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I haven't tried The Hunger Games because it seemed, well, depressing. No?

The boy who didn't sleep and never had to. Bizarre and relatable if you are bizarre. By D.C. Pierson. The magicians by Grossman is a fun twist on Harry potter, YA for YA ok with dark adult stuff. To the point where if I were a YA when I read it i wouldnt have gotten as much out of it.

I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy last night! Read the final two books yesterday, didn't want to stop. Definitely great work!!
Thanks for sharing the others, will have a look when I have a chance...

"Tomorrow - When The War Began" by John Marsden. An Australian series, now made into a film. Great Stuff!

The Hunger Games is so amazing. I just told a friend to go ahead and buy the box set, as you cannot stop at just one, and not having the next one there to jump right in to will drive you nuts. I also really enjoyed the "Generation Dead" series by Daniel Waters (sadly not the Daniel Waters of "Heathers", but still good), which is about teenagers in the US suddenly coming back to life and how a small town in CT deals with it. It's lighter than HG, but still raises some good issues. (And would make such a good TV series). Also, The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Casandra Clare. A clerk at B&N suggested them to me, and I tore through the first one in like two days and loved all three. They're about nephilim, the children of angels and humans, and a hidden dimension where they fight to save Earth from demons. A little bit Buffy, and the requisite love triangle is better than most.

Carrie Ryan's zombie novels, which start with The Forest of Teeth and Hands are excellent.

Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon, which was just optioned, is amazing and took me completely by surprise.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier is a twisty book that will leave you boggled and not sure what is real and what is fantasy.

Maureen Johnson's Suite Scarlett is about a girl from a family that runs a tattered hotel in New York. Lots of fun, especially if you like the arts.

For more suggestions try my weekly entertainment column at qualitytimeweekly.com. I read a fair amount of YA last year.

Love the Hunger Game series!! Also love Carolyn Mackler's books! Thanks for the recommendation! Perfect for me to download one and cozy up on a snowy day!

Laura Lippman's book is great but definitely not a YA novel. I didn't care for the ending as I thought it was an easy way to end the book but the rest of the novel was so well written that I recommend you read it.

Another novel that was good is "The Infinite Sadness of Lemon Cake." I don't remember who wrote it but such a great book too.

I loved the Hunger Games series, too! I recommend "The Maze Runner" and "The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner - the first 2 books of a planned trilogy. YA dystopian sci fi similar to the Hunger Games.

Thanks so much for the YA series suggestion. I've been on a YA books from my past kick and just finished The Westing Game and The Giver. I'll pick up The Hunger Games soon!

A great YA book I read a few years ago was Little Brother by Corey Doctrow.

I'm kind of looking forward to "Awaken" by my best friend from high school's younger sister, Katie Kacvinsky. And of course I eagerly await the next YA book from Sarah Fain as well.

also, Alan Gratz does a great take on Shakespeare in "Something Wicked" and "Something Rotten".

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