The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (YA Fiction CHA)
In Cia’s world, to receive a college education you must be chosen for The Testing. Cia is honored and excited when she is one of the few students chosen as a Testing candidate. However, before she departs, her father gives her a dark warning—trust no one. Through the grueling, deadly days of The Testing, Cia can’t help but make friends and trust her fellow Testing candidates, especially her childhood friend Tomas. But Cia soon realizes that in order to survive she must choose between life, love, and truth. This is the first book in The Testing trilogy.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin (YA Fiction MUL)
Alex is excited to be left home alone for the weekend while his parents and sister go visit relatives. He can’t wait to play computer games and hang out with friends all weekend. That is until the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts plummeting his entire town into darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a journey across the desolate landscape to find his family. Along the way he meets Darla, and the two of them must work together find the strength and skills necessary to survive the disaster. This is the first book in the Ashfall trilogy.
Matched by Ally Condie (YA Fiction CON)
Cassia has always trusted the Society to decide what she should read, watch, and believe. So, when Xander’s face appears as her match at her Matching ceremony, Cassia believes without question that he is her mate. That is until Ky Markham’s face flashes for an instant and her entire world is thrown into question. Should she be with Ky or with Xander? Should she follow the life she’s always known or choose a different path? This is the first book in the Matched trilogy.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (YA Fiction CLI)
It's the year 2044 and the world is an ugly place. In order to escape reality, Wade Watts spends most of his time living in the virtual reality world known as the OASIS. Wade has devoted his life to unlock the puzzles that the creator of OASIS has hidden within the digital world. Puzzles that revolve around '80s pop culture. Whoever solves these puzzles is promised massive power and fortune, and Wade just found the first clue...
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (YA Fiction OLI)
Lena lives in a society where love is considered a horrible disease. On their eighteenth birthday, everyone is given a government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life. Lena is looking forward to her procedure and a safe, predictable life. That is until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday when she falls in love. This is the first book in the Delirium trilogy.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (YA Fiction SHU)
The result of the second Civil War, fought over reproductive rights, is that life is inviolable from conception until age thirteen. However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen parents can have their child “unwound,” causing all of the child’s organs to be transplanted into different donors so life doesn’t technically end. Connor, Risa, and Lev all fear that they will be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape society and survive. This is the first book in the Unwind Quartet.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (YA Fiction WES)
Tally Youngblood can’t wait for the operation she will get when she turns sixteen, the operation that turns everyone stunningly pretty. However, after meeting her new friend Shay, Tally realizes that becoming pretty isn’t the only important thing in life. Tally discovers a new side of the “pretty” life that is not very pretty at all. This is the first book in the Uglies series.
The Selection by Kiera Cass (YA Fiction CAS)
Thirty-five girls will receive the chance of a lifetime; the opportunity to live in the palace and compete for the hand of Prince Maxon. For America Singer, however, this dream is a nightmare. She does not want to leave her life, which includes her secret love Aspen. She does not want the crown or the prince. But all that may change when American meets Prince Maxon. This is the first book in The Selection series.
Gone by Michael Grant (YA Fiction GRA)
All of the adults have disappeared. Only the young are left: Teens, middle schoolers, and toddlers. Television, phones, and the internet have also disappeared. There is no way to get help and no way to discover what has happened. Hunger is rampant, bullies rule the world, and sinister creatures lurk. The teenagers are developing new, deadly powers that grow stronger every day. Sides are being chosen and a war is brewing. How will anyone survive? This is the first book in the Gone series.
Legend by Marie Lu (YA Fiction LU)
Fifteen-year-old June was born into one of the wealthiest families in the Republic, a nation constantly at war with its neighbors. June is being groomed for military service in the Republic’s highest military circles. Meanwhile, born in the slums, Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. When June’s brother is murdered, Day is the prime suspect. When June and Day meet, they discover the truth of the murder and how many secrets their country is keeping. This is the first book in the Legend series.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (YA Fiction ROS)
Aria lives in the enclosed city of Reverie and spends all of her time in virtual environments called realms. When Aria is forced outside of the city for a crime she didn’t commit, she believes her life is over. The outside world is a death trap, danger is everywhere. Soon she meets Perry, an outsider. Perry promises to help Aria get back to Reverie if she helps him find his nephew who was stolen by the people of the city. As they embark on a journey together, they begin to overcome their prejudices and form an unlikely friendship. This is the first book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy.