The movie adaption of James Dashner’s bestselling book The Maze Runner premiered last week. In this post-apocalyptic young adult novel, James wakes up in an elevator with no memory other than his name. When the elevator doors open, he is greeted by a group of teenage boys who have been living in the Glade, an open area surrounded by a complicated and deadly maze. Like James, they have no idea where they came from, what the Glade is, and most importantly, how to get out.
The Maze Runner joins the list of many young adult books that have been adapted into movies recently, including The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and dystopian blockbusters The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. (Be sure to check out KRL’s readalike lists for John Green and The Hunger Games.)
Whether you loved the movie or the book, we have a list with similar titles to keep you reading. By clicking on the titles, you’ll be taken to the KRL catalog where you can place holds.
Foster kid Benson is looking forward to starting fresh at Maxfield Academy, a private school which offered him an unexpected scholarship. However, when Benson shows up to school, he quickly realizes that the Academy is not what it seems- there are no teachers in sight, surveillance cameras abound, and the school is surrounded by walls with barbed wire fence.
In the future, teens who commit even the most minor crimes are sent to the Furnace Penitentiary, never to be seen again. When Alex is framed for murder, he is sent to Furnace. He’s heard it’s terrible, but is not prepared for the sadistic guards and horrifying things that happen to inmates in the night. He’s determined to escape, but there’s a problem: Furnace is hundreds of feet below the earth, built into a rock crevice with only one way out.
Long ago, the first inmates of Incarceron, a futuristic prison that is alive, were imprisoned and its walls were sealed forever. The descendants of the prison still live inside, and a dark, brutal society has developed, watched and controlled by the living walls. Since it was sealed, no one has exited or entered. But when Finn, an inmate and Claudia, the warden’s daughter from the outside, simultaneously find a key, they discover they can communicate with each other.
The Republic is one of two countries in what used to be the United States. People are oppressed and being killed off by plague and the privileged few in the military who control the country. Day, a hero to the street people who fights injustice, is wanted for murdering a soldier during a raid. June, a young military prodigy, is the one sent to finally stop Day from sabotaging the Republic. She’s more than happy to take on the task, since the soldier was her brother.
Imprisoned in a military compound, Em and her companion Finn have tried and failed 14 times to escape. Their goal is to save the world by to travelling back in time to prevent a time machine from being invented and destroying the world. When they finally get out, they still have big choice to make, because the inventor of the time machine is their beloved friend James.
Can’t get enough and want even more suggestions? Take a look at our teen Science Fiction booklist.
A special thanks to teen intern Morgan for her help with this blog post.