This is another good one in the newest YA movement that depicts the actual apocalyptic event instead of just the civilization that develops after the catastrophe. Clever of Laybourne to strand the children in a super store and so not having to endow any of them with unrealistic abilities or skills (like archery) they wouldn’t have had in a technology dependent society. I enjoyed the realistic aspect of the event itself-weather anomalies paired with seismic events causing human’s own hubris of chemical weaponry to put the final horrific spin on the disaster. The children and teens must use their ordinary talents to keep themselves alive in an extraordinary situation. Most of the story rings true and the ending leaves readers wishing they immediately had the next book on their bedside table.
If you loved “Divergent,” “The Maze Runner,” and “The Hunger Games” and are ready for more young-adult stories set in fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian universes, we’ve got good news — there are dozens of popular YA books currently in development for film adaptations.
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
The Immortal Rules – Julie Kagawa
Legend – Marie Lu
Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne
Red Rising – Pierce Brown
An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir