Adult Books for Teens
Feed by Mira Grant
The zombie apocalypse has happened, and it’s streaming. Georgia Mason, her brother Shaun, and their tech guru Buffy go out into the desolate world that people left behind to kill some zombies, and then blog about it. Then things get real as a presidential candidate asks them to follow them on the campaign trail. The first of a trilogy, Feed (get it?!) is impossible to put down.
Horrorstor by Gary Hendrix
Have you ever worked a job and something seemed off? This book proves that retail jobs can actually be hell. Working in an Ikea-like superstore, Orsk, things are not what they seem. Items are getting broken, but nothing is showing up on the security cameras, so three people decide to stay behind to see what's going bump in the night.
In the future, the world is hit by a new pandemic virus. For most people, they experience flu-like symptoms and recover normally. Four percent of people develop meningitis. And for one percent of the population, they develop a condition that is known as "lock in" syndrome. They are fully aware of themselves, but cannot move their bodies. The world recovers, and new neural networks and androids (called "threeps") develop to serve the 1.7 million Americans affected by this disease. And one of them just started a job at the FBI. This book is a non-stop thrill ride, and though it doesn't need a sequel, Scalzi develops a world so real that I hope we get one. Bonus: it's set in Washington, D.C.!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A boy, a girl, and a war. Marie-Laure lives in Paris, and Werner is from a small coal town in Germany. Because of their special skills (Werner's with electricity and radio, Marie-Laure with puzzles) they get sucked into the conflict, even though they're so young. It would be so easy to dismiss this book as just another WWII story, but this book is so beautifully written that you won't be able to put it down, or forget it.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
In an alternative future, Paige is living a life in the shadows. Her abilities, her job is completely illegal, so she takes her abilities to break into people's minds into the criminal underworld. When she is taken and brought to a city she didn't know existed, she is forced to work the situation to her advantage so she can get out of her prison alive.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Bee wakes up one day to find out that her mother is gone. No note, nothing. Which completely ruins her plans to go to Antarctica, which is something her mother promised. But when Bee tries to track her mother down by going through her correspondence, notes, and diaries, she finds out her mother was a lot more complicated than she thought.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay is desperate. He lost his job as a coding drone, and living in San Francisco ain't cheap. So when he finds a job opening at Mr. Penumbra's bookstore, he takes it. But he soon realizes that there is a lot more to the store than he could ever imagine.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The future is boring. At least, that's what Wade Watts thinks. So he plugs into a virtual reality system that makes life a little more interesting. In the OASIS, Wade is good at taking on challenges and solving puzzles, so when he gets involved in a challenge where the stakes are lethal he'll need to rely on his knowledge to stay ahead of the game and save himself.
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Deenie is in class when her best friend collapses mysteriously. How did it happen? The town becomes engulfed in hysteria as more girls become affected. Told in a multiple perspective, The Fever is a story about guilt, confusion, and attraction.
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Have you ever read a book and wanted to know what the characters were saying to each other between chapters? Or wondered how Ron Weasley would do living in the muggle world? (The answer is: fine, but let's not give him Internet access and a credit card.) Well thankfully, Mallory Ortberg is here to answer all of our literary ponderings. Think of this book as a Spark Notes to things that never happened, but wish they had. Warning: this is not a good public transportation book, because you will laugh loudly to yourself, often.