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Anyone read anything recently that would appeal to a 16 year old boy?

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WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 20:29:28

As a clue to his interests, he's enjoyed in recent years:

Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy
Noughts and Crosses
The Tunnels series
Maze Runner

he's not enjoyed:
Percy Jackson
Non-modern fiction

I'm just a bit stumped and I need to add something to my Amazon order to get free delivery smile

A Clockwork Orange - if he is a mature 16 year old.
The Red Rising series

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 20:36:21

He's mature but innocent grin

That series looks like it may be the very thing - thanks! smile

lljkk Mon 17-Oct-16 20:37:14

Curse Workers series.
I am buying this for my 16yo, but I suspect it's not to all tastes.

BossWitch Mon 17-Oct-16 20:38:29

If he liked hitchhikers guide he might enjoy the disc world series? (Terry Pratchett) The advantage of that being that there's sod loads of them so if he likes them he will have reading material for the next few years!

highlandcoo Mon 17-Oct-16 20:46:40

How about The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks .. or The Crow Road by the same author?

The Wasp Factory is quite dark, but I would totally have coped with it at 16

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 20:53:53

Thanks all,

That looks another possible series lljkk. Your other book looks good, probably more up DS2s street. Though he has a humongous book on Genghis Khan he's reading at the moment - he also liked 10 cities that made an Empire - he likes non fiction better than fiction.

He doesn't like Terry Pratchett - my neighbour tried to introduce him to it but he's not having it! He also hated Roald Dahl and all the Famous Five type stuff as a child.

Hadn't thought of Iain Banks - might actually have some of those somewhere...

blitzgirl Mon 17-Oct-16 20:58:38

The Divergent series are excellent and the Hunger Games

MycatsaPirate Mon 17-Oct-16 21:00:02

Would he like the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child?

Or maybe some of the John Grisham books which are more on the legal side but still have great stories.

BatmanLovesMarmite Mon 17-Oct-16 21:04:31

Charlie Higson's 'The Enemy' series is very good - varied young people survive 'the sickness' and their stories intertwine.

CosmicOwl Mon 17-Oct-16 21:05:15

I second Red Rising, Divergent and Hunger Games series, all a similar ilk to Maze Runner. My 16 yr old nephew enjoyed them and The Martian.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:05:36

Yup he's had divergent and hunger games - exactly his kind of thing.

I think we have John Grisham stuff in the house too - I suppose I should just have a look at what I have on the shelves smile I only need to add 13p for free delivery. Was just ordering a couple of books for DH, DS2 and I have plenty but DS1 is currently re-reading stuff, which is fine, but I'm happy to chuck in another book for him.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:07:05

Yes, he's read the Enemy series too. (recommended on here when I've asked before)

We just watched The Martian movie- i take it it is the same story?

CosmicOwl Mon 17-Oct-16 21:08:17

Ready Player One is another one I'dc recommend.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:08:45

He liked Darren Shan a lot when he was younger. I have the adult Darren Shan series but I'm in two minds as to whether I should let him read it or not....and then I think "He's 16, not a little boy" but then he'll always be my little boy grin

CosmicOwl Mon 17-Oct-16 21:08:54

Yes, same story but the book is much better!

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:12:42

I just googled Ready Player One, the cover looks familiar, I'm sure that's what he got to read on holiday. He also had Stallo which I read when I ran out of what I'd brought - it was pretty decent.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:13:38

Yes, same story but the book is much better! it is always! smile

CoteDAzur Mon 17-Oct-16 21:14:43

Red Rising is fantastic. Its 2 sequels are great, too.

Brilliance trilogy.


WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:17:50

Lots of great ideas, I'll chuck one of them in the basket and reserve some of the others on the wish list for Christmas.

Happy for any more ideas too - he likes to read and I like to encourage it smile

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Mon 17-Oct-16 21:18:51

Recently I reread 'Day of the Triffids' which he might like.

Or perhaps 'Death At Intervals' (sometimes called 'Death with Interruptions') by Jose Saramargo - what happens when the Grim Reaper goes on strike and no-one can die any more.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:26:22

those sound good too Lizard

228agreenend Mon 17-Oct-16 21:30:20

My 16 year dis loves biographies. He read them about an astronaut. Army colonel and lots of sportsman.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 17-Oct-16 21:37:23

Ds2 likes biographies but DS1 doesn't seem to. It's just typical for them to like different things smile

VestalVirgin Mon 17-Oct-16 22:15:48

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, because sentient spaceships.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, because I really like it.

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