The American Library Association has just announced their Teens’ Top Ten list for 2011! To nobody’s surprise, paranormal fiction dominates the list, but there’s a wealth of dystopian literature here as well. I’m going to be counting backwards, from 10 down to 1, because that’s what David Letterman does. 10 through 6 will be in this post, and 5 to 1 in the next.
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Calla is a werewolf who knows her future–as the alpha female of her pack, she will marry Ren, the alpha male, and she’s just fine with that. But when she breaks pack laws to save a human, she finds herself falling for him. What are the Keepers, who control the werewolf packs, going to do when they find out? (Note: This is the paperback cover, but it’s got way more personality than the hardcover, so I’m using this one.)
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Ever feel like you’re just repeating the same day, over and over again? For Sam, it’s really true. After she dies in a car crash, she wakes up on the morning of the same day, with a chance at a “do-over.” But it doesn’t work–she dies again (and again, and again), always waking up on the same morning. So Sam gets a little crazy, breaking all the rules and turning her Mean Girl attitude up to 11. But is there more to life–or death–than having fun?
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Meet Evie and her pink rhinestone Taser (nicknamed Tasey). She has the unique ability to see through the glamours that supernatural creatures use when they prey on humans. She has a mermaid for a best friend and a possessive fae ex-boyfriend–you know, a typical teenager. But a string of murdered paranormal creatures and a surprisingly handsome shape-shifter are about to throw her world out of whack.
7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
This is book seven in the Maximum Ride series. Max is slowly being persuaded to “save” the human race by helping to accelerate evolution–but the scientists involved have their own dark agenda. Meanwhile Fang is putting together his own X-men-style group, but there’s an anti-human cult that might destroy them all. The key to all of this? Angel, the littlest of their Flock.
6. Matched by Ally Condie
This was one of my favorite books of the past year. The cover makes it look like a frothy romance novel, but the story is anything but. Cassia, like all the other 17-year-olds in her society, is Matched by the government with the most compatible boy in her generation. She’s lucky enough to get matched to her best friend, Xander, but another boy’s face shows up on her Match file. But Ky is an abberation who can never be Matched–so why did he show up? Finding the answer will make Cassia question everything she thought she knew about her Society.