Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books To Read If You Loved [Insert Popular Genre/Author/Series]. I chose the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz, because I really loved that series when I was younger, and I've seen a lot of books that remind me of it.
These books share the thriller with a political aspect plot, the incredible science and technology aspect, and/or the same MC characterization. I do love it when you get that sassy but goodhearted teen boy character, using his wit and intelligence to get through all the action of the story. If you like those sorts of things, check these out!
1) S.J. Kincaid's Insignia Trilogy. This YA sci-fi thriller takes a character, Tom Raines, who is even sassier than Alex and throws him in the midst of a space turf war fought via remote control with many government secrets on the line. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, and I really love the characters. In related news, today Publisher's Weekly announced that S.J. has a new book deal!
2) Alan Zadoff's The Unknown Assassian Trilogy. For readers who love the boy spy/thriller aspect of Alex Rider, this YA thriller takes a more serious look at the same premise. This trilogy is directed towards a somewhat older audience (i.e. romance plays a fair part in the plot).
3) Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers Trilogy. Another gifted young man, Jazz, who struggles with an incredible weight in the form of his heritage, is the center of this YA psychological thriller about chasing a serial killer. Be warned: There's a lot of disturbing content, especially as you get further into the series. The first book is, I think, the best and the most mentally easy to take.
4) Trent Reedy's Divided We Fall Trilogy. The main character here, Danny, attacks his adventures through brawn and heart more than by intelligence, but this YA "contemporary dystopian" thriller has a very complex political aspect and some mixed-media integration, both of which I find brilliant.
5) Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. Though I think I'd recommend all the Ender books, this one, which has Bean as the main character, strikes me as the most similar to the others on this list (it's also my favorite). Bean is an exceptional genius caught up in a political/sci-fi scheme full of grand action.
6) Jennifer Lynn Barnes's The Naturals Series. This YA thriller is similar to I Hunt Killers, but with less disturbing content, a female MC, and a team focus. The characters are also directly sponsored and trained by the government, unlike Jazz, but like Alex. I've read the first two books so far.
7) Lies I Told by Michelle Zink. This YA thriller, which also has a female protagonist, turns to the lawless rather than lawful side of thrillers, but presents the same kind of moral dilemmas and intense action you see in Alex Rider. I found it emotionally stunning. There's a sequel coming out soon!
8) The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. A lot of people would say that Artemis Fowl fits this list, but I just could never get into that series! But I loved this standalone YA sci-fi by Eoin, which also features a (relatively) intelligent male MC, as well as a lot of action, and I really wish it were a series.
9) Dove Arising by Karen Bao. This is the first book in a YA sci-fi trilogy that is almost Ender's Shadow-esque, with an gifted female MC, Phaet, who is caught up forcibly in the middle of politics and war while she tries to save her family. She hasn't the charm or sass of Alex, but the intelligence aspect is strong.
10) I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells. This book, the first in a series I hope to soon continue, connects well with I Hunt Killers, except it's less graphic and has a weird-but-cool fantastical aspect to it. However, if you'd like something more grounded in reality, Harlan Cohen's Mickey Bolitar is another one I just started that might have promise.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy these books. I'll see you tomorrow for "Waiting On" Wednesday.
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