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Teenager new books - post apocalyptic

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concretefeet Sun 07-Dec-14 13:50:42

Had good ideas off mumsnet in past and looking for Christmas.Liked divergent, hunger games,the host,beautiful creatures etc. Has loads of books. Anything new(ish) in this genre that she woud like?

earlychristmas Sun 07-Dec-14 13:53:59

well, dd obsessed with huger games, and also divergent. She also likes maze runners (and Percy JAckson)

Lolly86 Sun 07-Dec-14 13:56:03

Not new but post apocalyptic type books I enjoyed as a teen were Brother in the Land and Children of the Dust

earlychristmas Sun 07-Dec-14 13:56:08

o, and Ds was into huner/gone/fear

Takver Sun 07-Dec-14 14:08:48

Not that new, but has she read the Uglies series? If not they're available very cheap from the book people as a set atm.

DD has loads of these books, will ask her if there's any newer suggestions

SunnyBaudelaire Sun 07-Dec-14 14:13:39

the Road - Cormac McCarthy

BikeRunSki Sun 07-Dec-14 14:22:40

Going back 3 years to my teens-
Empty World - John Christopher
Z for Zachariah - can't remember author.

BikeRunSki Sun 07-Dec-14 14:23:03

30 not 3 years!

mrscumberbatch Sun 07-Dec-14 14:28:20

Maybe some Stephen king books?

Wouldn't recommend IT for an Early Teen but stuff like Salem's Lot, Needful Things etc could be interesting reading for that age.

chaletian Sun 07-Dec-14 14:31:28

The Unwind series by Neal Shusterman is v good

traviata Sun 07-Dec-14 14:34:12

not The Road. Too bleak.

The Knife of Never Letting Go and rest of trilogy are very good.

Mumraathenoisylion Sun 07-Dec-14 14:34:12

Girlfriend in a coma - Douglas Coupland

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 07-Dec-14 14:35:40

How old?

The 'Gone' series by Michael Grant is worth a look - the first 3 are good, although I don't rate the other two.

Patrick Ness - 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' is superb, the second is good but I didn't like the final one in the trilogy.

Has she read, 'How I Live Now' by Meg Rosoff? That's usually popular with teenage girls.

Yes to Stephen King but absolutely no to, 'Needful Things' which is a steaming pile of nonsense. For a teenager on her first King, I'd recommend, 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon' perhaps, or, 'Cujo' maybe. Or 'Cell' - that one isn't his best by any means but I think it will have plenty of appeal for a teenager, including an interesting teenage girl character.

TheEagle Sun 07-Dec-14 14:36:09

This is not new but what about Z for Zachariah?

There is due to be a film of the book released next year so might be timely to read it.

itsonlysubterfuge Sun 07-Dec-14 14:46:08

The Uglies - Scott Westerfield, not really post-apocalyptic, but similar. About how they have perfected plastic surgery and now the "ugly" people are turned pretty when they turn 16. It's set in the future and the old world is mostly gone.

I also enjoyed Hunger Games, and even though it's aimed at a younger generation I still found the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins extremely enjoyable. about a young man who falls into a secret city under New York City and about his adventures there.

Milmingebag Sun 07-Dec-14 14:50:00

Rootless by Chris Howard is fantastic. It starts with a non- specified post apocalyptic event and then leads on as an action adventure involving themes such as mono- culture,corporate manipulation and personal identity. The main character is an artist who makes model trees from scrap for the wealthy because there are said to be no more trees in existence except,a rumoured group of heavily guarded ones. It turns into a mystery.

He sets off in pursuit of finding them and discovers a lot about his background. There is also a really strong lead female in this one which I liked.

I couldn't help thinking when I read this how well it would translate into a film because it's so pacey.

YvesJutteau Sun 07-Dec-14 14:53:17

A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGuinness

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Partials by Dan Wells

Possibly The Jewel by Amy Ewing (although depends on her age - probably for upper end of YA age range, I'd say)

PorkyMinch Sun 07-Dec-14 14:55:08

I was going to recommend the Uglies series too, but I see I have been beaten to it!

concretefeet Sun 07-Dec-14 16:19:23

Thankyou - been away making Nigel Slater's mince pie cakecake.

She has read lots of these, (being a voracious reader- 1am still finishing off a book kind of girl)but thankyou all for the suggestions and I'm sure they will help someone else as mumsnet threads often do.

Not read any Stephen King,girlfriend in a coma or Rootless, so off to look at these. Also YvesJutteau's suggestions she hasn't read apart from the 5th wave which she loved.

She is just 15 btw.

Thankyou again. I'm always suprised when I come back to replies.

AlpacaStockingOnChristmasEve Sun 07-Dec-14 16:27:34

There is a trilogy that I really enjoyed - the first one is called Life as we knew it. It is by an author called Susan Pfeffer. An asteroid hits the moon and sends it out of orbit, which affects the tides etc., it was very good!

Agggghast Sun 07-Dec-14 20:24:06

I agree with 'The Fifth Wave', well worth a read.

chaletian Mon 08-Dec-14 01:20:25

Shamelessly stealing suggestions I've just downloaded the "uglies" series to kindle. Thanks!

Booksteensmagazines Mon 08-Dec-14 10:45:39

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – the story is set far in the future where humans have colonised planets and the worlds inhabitants have been organised into groups by colour, reflecredting their status, their colouring and their work. Darrow is a Red but he is pretending to be a Gold. He is trying to help overturn the order of this cruel world he lives in. This is a brutal and dark story but it is also full of hope and love and friendship. It will appeal to readers who enjoy action adventure books and who do not shy away from violence. So far only one book in the series has been published. Suggested age 14+
Dustlands series by Moira Young – the story is set in a future world where water is scarce and people have turned on each otherdust. There are three books in the series, Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart and Raging Star. Saba is a strong and determined girl and her original plan to find and save her brother changes and she finds herself fighting to save the ordinary people who are suffering in this hard and unforgiving world. There is plenty of action and adventure and romance is a large part of the book too. The book has a distinctive style which may take readers a while to get into. Suggested age 13+
Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta – set in a future world where fresh water is scarce, Noria watches her family fall apart and their secret threaten her life. Beautifully written, this is an enthralling read and is ideal for readers who enjoy lyrical language. Suggested age 14+
Echo Boy by Matt Haig – set in a future world where robots are increasingly taking over from humans, Audrey finds her life turned upside down by a rogue robot and then further confused by a boy who seems to have feelings but is nonetheless a robot. Suggested age 12+

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 08-Dec-14 10:48:57

Anyone that like Uglies, don't miss the 4th one, Extras, which is about fame and social media a few years on from Uglies.

Takver Mon 08-Dec-14 19:08:27

Not post-apocalyptic, but she might like The Wall, same sort of 'feel' IYKWIM. DD also really liked Looking at the Stars, both are relatively 'new' & not so well known, I think.

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