Recently, we shared the latest and greatest in on-going YA series. In our research for recommending great reads, we also found that there are several great new series that promise to be very popular with both adolescents and those of us addicted to the Young Adult field of literature. So, we start with the following three books, which will lead you into future reading adventures. We savor the chance to get to know these characters as their lives and worlds unfold in future books.
The Map Maker’s Trilogy: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
Sophia Timms is a lover of maps. In fact, it’s the only way she has seen the world. In the Boston of her universe in 1891, it is her family that people turn to map the New World–a world that was greatly changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. You’re hooked already, right? Add to this premise an intriguing host of characters, like Sophia, forced to fend for herself when her parents and Uncle Shadrack disappear while on a mission. With her friend she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. Grades 6 and up–especially Phillip Pullman fans–will be captivated by this new world, with time-travel and adventure galore. And maps have never looked more intriguing! Stay tuned for The Golden Specific, book 2 in the series, due out this summer.
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow lives in a world divided by color–in this case, the color of blood. Red-blooded folks like Mare are at the bottom of the social structure, unlike the Silvers. The pale upper-class Silvers rule by their blood as well as the super-human abilities that are their birthright. Mare is brought out of her poverty and life as a quick-witted thief when she is chosen to work at the Court, and her own powerful brand of super power is discovered. Forced to play a role as a long-lost Silver Princess, Mare is brought into a double existence as a noble woman–and as a revolutionary, in the growing Red rebellion. It’s a world of adventure, intrigue, treachery, and not a little romance. It’s an imaginative fantasy thriller and wonderful debut for this new series.
Clariel by Garth Nix
Though this novel is often touted as the fourth novel in Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series, that’s a bit of a misnomer, as Clariel is a prequel to the world that Garth Nix creates that takes place 600 years after Clariel’s youth. I loved the chance to revisit the kingdom and see it at the transitional time where the power of the Charter magic began to ebb and Free Magic rose. We see the world through young Clariel’s eyes. She is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city. Her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. This novel can stand alone–but it’s also a treat for fans of the Abhorsen Trilogy (Old Kingdom) series. It made me want to revisit an old favorite. Highly recommended!