There are hundreds of young adult books released every year, and even yours truly isn’t quite sure where to start! Take a look at a few of the highlights coming in 2013.
Everbound by Brodi Ashton (January 22): Fans of Everneath (one of yours truly’s favorites of 2012) won’t have to wait long for the sequel. Nikki Beckett will continue her journey, though she still has to make a choice between staying on Earth and going back to the underworld known as the Everneath.
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (February 5): Last year’s Shatter Me was widely hyped…perhaps a bit overhyped. The dystopian series is interesting, but the story is muddled by stream of consciousness and strikethrough in its prose. Still, readers of the first book will probably enjoy the next installment.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (February 5): If strikethrough isn’t your thing, check out Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder followed a teen cyborg living in a future world; in this book, Cinder and Scarlet will cross paths and discover their connection.
Cross My Heart, Hope to Die by Sara Shepard (February 5): So many February choices! The fifth installment in the popular Lying Game series continues to follow Emma Paxton as she poses as her twin sister in an attempt to solve her murder.
Sever by Lauren DeStefano (February 12): The Chemical Garden trilogy has made quite an impact on your Hattiesburg Young Adult Fiction Examiner. The character driven dystopian trilogy wraps up in February; will our beloved characters ever get a cure to the virus that has destroyed their world?
Requiem by Lauren Oliver (March 5): The final book in the Delirium trilogy follows protagonist Lena, who is now involved in a rebellion. Lena herself rebelled against her society by escaping a required operation that would have “cured” her of love and other strong emotions. The second book, Pandemonium, left readers on an expected cliffhanger that should be resolved in this one.
Light by Michael Grant (April 2): The sixth and final installment in the Gone series. The books have followed a group of kids struggling to survive after a bizarre incident wipes all adults off the face of the earth.
The Elite by Keira Cass (April 23): The Selection was a New York Times bestseller and one of the most snatched up books of 2012. The Elite, the second book in the trilogy, will be released in April and follows the six remaining girls vying for the heart of their nation’s prince.
Untitled Miss Peregrine sequel by Ransom Riggs (June 11): Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a surprise success in 2011. The as-of-yet untitled sequel will be released in June; here’s to hoping it has the same mixture of fascinating prose and bizarre photography.
Untitled Insurgent sequel by Veronica Roth: Divergent and Insurgent author Veronica Roth has joked that the third book in her bestselling trilogy would be titled Detergent. But whatever the title, it’s one of the most anticipated books of 2013.
Hattiesburg residents: Pick up the first books in any of these series at the Oak Grove Public Library on Old Highway 11 or the Hattiesburg Library on Hardy Street. And stay tuned for the various sequels in 2013.
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