Most Popular YA Books of 2021

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The ballad of songbirds and snakes

The ballad of songbirds and snakes

Collins, Suzanne, author
2020

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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The cruel prince

The cruel prince

Black, Holly, author
2018

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him, and face the consequences.

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Divergent

Divergent

Roth, Veronica, author
2011

"In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all." -- C.i.P

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Firekeeper's daughter

Firekeeper's daughter

Boulley, Angeline, author
2021

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.

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The hate u give

The hate u give

Thomas, Angie, author
2018

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline.

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Midnight sun

Midnight sun

Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- author
2020

The story of Bella and Edward from "Twilight" told from Edward's point of view takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

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One of us is lying

One of us is lying

McManus, Karen M., author
2017

When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It is up to them to solve the case.

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Red queen

Red queen

Aveyard, Victoria, author
2015

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood — those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. When her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where she discovers an ability she didn't know she had. Except...her blood is Red. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a Red rebellion.

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The scorch trials

The scorch trials

Dashner, James, 1972- author
2015


The selection

The selection

Cass, Kiera, author
2013


Shadow and bone

Shadow and bone

Bardugo, Leigh, author
2012

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

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Throne of glass

Throne of glass

Maas, Sarah J., author
2013

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

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