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Adult book for a 15 yr old boy.

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bambambini Thu 14-Dec-17 09:18:51

Son was an avid reader, loves all the teen dystopian type stuff like Hunger Games, Maze Runner etc. Want to buy him an adult book for Christmas to encourage him to keep reading. Any suggestions? Was thinking Stephen King or James Herbert.

EllenLydia Thu 14-Dec-17 09:21:18

The time machine

RestingGrinchFace Thu 14-Dec-17 09:27:53

Why not get him sonething that he is already interested in? 1984, Brave New World, Handmaid's Tale, The Cyrsalids (I know it's a children's book but slightly higher quality), Day of the Triffids, Slaughterhouse 5.

KindergartenKop Thu 14-Dec-17 09:40:32

Stephen King is very readable. Have you read The Stand. It's horrible!

Witchend Thu 14-Dec-17 09:45:26

Jack Higgin? Eagle has landed etc. I started reading them about 15yo.

Camomila Thu 14-Dec-17 10:48:44

I came on to say 1984 or brave new world too ooh or maybe the time machine or Dracula?

Metheven Thu 14-Dec-17 12:59:44

The Stand by Stephen King is brilliant.

Winterfellismyhome Thu 14-Dec-17 13:03:57

Im currently reading ready player one by Ernest Cline and its brilliant. Has a YA feeling but is more adult

Plexie Thu 14-Dec-17 13:07:06

I like Jasper Fforde's books - alternate reality but quirky and funny

Shades of Grey is a standalone book (until Jasper gets round to writing the sequel).

And if he likes the genre and doesn't mind a woman protagonist he can try the Thursday Next series (but skip the first book).

JustHappy3 Thu 14-Dec-17 13:12:48

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
It's a bit like Dr Who/Torchwood but more grown up. Policeman who investigates supernatural crime - very modern and funny.
Clive Cussler books - very easy reading but still quite gripping adventure story.

Chickoletta Thu 14-Dec-17 13:13:55

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
War of the Worlds?

NewtsSuitcase Thu 14-Dec-17 13:15:51

The Humans - Matt haig
The Martian
Tripod trilogy

NotAChristmasCakePop Thu 14-Dec-17 13:52:52

By 13 I was reading Dean Koontz, Stephen King and David Eddings. Go for it!

implantsandaDyson Thu 14-Dec-17 14:00:50

The Fireman - Joe Hill

Jenijena Thu 14-Dec-17 14:01:24

Ronald Dahl’s adult books?

EduCated Thu 14-Dec-17 14:01:56

Have a look at China Mielville - DP has very similar tastes!

bambambini Thu 14-Dec-17 16:36:14

Thanks folks, will look into some of your suggestions. Bought Stephen King’s The Gunslinger - first book in his Dark Tower series - that should be!

Avebury Thu 14-Dec-17 19:05:24

Adrian Mole

pointythings Thu 14-Dec-17 19:24:03

Definitely the Dark Tower and Ben Aaronovich, they are both very easy to get into as well.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Thu 14-Dec-17 19:31:20

Can't believe I'm e first to say DISCWORLD!
If he likes history, how about Bernard Cornwell?
And non fiction -Sapiens. My dh and ds rave about it.

RumTiTum Thu 14-Dec-17 19:41:20

Ready Player One
The Girl With All The Gifts
The Martian
Red Rising trilogy

Noofly Thu 14-Dec-17 19:45:11

I’ve just bought philosophy loving, Bioshock loving DS(15) Atlas Shrugged. It might, of course, put him off reading completely. grin

Namethecat Thu 14-Dec-17 19:45:17

Terry Pratchett. If he likes the first one (Disc world series ) he has lots in the series to keep him going.

lljkk Thu 14-Dec-17 20:38:37

Animal Farm, or 1984?
Stephen King is very readable.

There's a lot of modern Young Adult fiction I adore, but I think you want classics and not Malorie Blackman, Chris Ryan or Charlie Higson, either.

Adrian Mole is DREADFUL. I will never understand people who gush about those books. 3 pages in I wanted to drown Adrian in the nearest waterbutt.

lljkk Thu 14-Dec-17 20:39:04

Fahrenheit 451?

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