We've got everything from love, loss and last chances, to friends, enemies and aliens. And ― of course ― more than a sprinkling of fabulous fantasy to boot! How many have you read?
10. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Teenager Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Easy, right? Or maybe not. Perhaps, thinks Henry, the world isn’t worth saving after all…
A profoundly tragic, bitterly funny and ultimately uplifting novel about love and loss that invites you to question your place in the world.
9. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Book #1 in the Illuminae Files)
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents, from emails to military files and medical reports, Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane space opera trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
8. The Diviners by Libba Bray (Book #1 in The Diviners Series)
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City – and she couldn’t be happier. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. That, and the fact she got supernatural powers she still needs to hide.
A clever plot and a cast of varied, vibrant characters, with plenty of mystery, magic and mischief to boot.
7. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Book #2 in The Dark Artifices Series)
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty and constrained by honour. They fight together, die together and must never fall in love. So when Emma falls for her parabatai, Julian, she knows it’s not just forbidden… it could destroy them both. But how can she leave when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
The second book in this dark and daring fantasy series set in LA, taking the characters we loved in Lady Midnight and their real-world problems to a thrilling new extreme.
6. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers but they have one thing in common: they’re going to die today. A little after midnight on 5th September, they both get calls from Death-Cast giving them a warning that today is their End Day. The good news is they are about to meet for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.
Life, death, love and last chances provide the central themes in this joyful, heartbreaking emotional rollercoaster of a book.
5. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic, Monstrous Sea. She can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Yet when her secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built – her story, her relationships and even her sanity – begins to fall apart.
A wrenching depiction of depression, anxiety and identity, and the benefits and dangers of internet fame.
4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Book #2 in A Court of Thorns and Roses Series)
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her terrible bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court…
The spellbinding second book in a seductive and action-packed fantasy series, as magical and romantic as it is dark and fierce.
3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Book #1 in the Renegades duo)
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies – humans with extraordinary abilities – who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book #1 in the Six of Crows duology)
Ketterdam is a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price – and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t do it alone, and calls upon the services of six dangerous, conflicted outcasts for help.
The first in a spin-off series to Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy is a riveting combination of adrenaline-fuelled excitement and intimate portraits of flawed and complex lives.
1. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Alex is a high school senior trying to look forward. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best – violence. Having stalked and killed her sisters murder so skilfully that she’s never been caught, she knows she can’t be trusted among other people. As her senior year unfolds, her dark nature breaks out, setting her on a path that will change her life forever
An unflinchingly brutal and tragic novel that examines the dichotomy of hope and violence, love and hate, written with beautifully prose and brimming with genuine human emotion throughout.