The Young Adult books genre has been quite imagination-led over the years and it’s not just for the teens but has something for everyone to cherish. From fantasy land to high school life to magic lore to stories of women, the Young Adults genre is replete with variety and gives food for thought for conversations surrounding pop culture. We bring to you a few popular Young Adult books of 2021 that you can indulge in while staying at home. This list is of the books that have released till now in 2021 and some books are sequels too, so you’ll have to pick up the initial book to get the context.
This is the second book from the popular young adult novel trilogy series of the Shadowhunters novel. This is a sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel ‘Chain of Gold’, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare.
The lead character Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. In this book, the shadowhunters have to catch a killer in London. Cordelia is married and her life is falling in place. However, little does she know that this would be over soon and she, along with others, would have to fight the killer on dangerous streets of the city. Read this book to uncover the mystery of who the killer is – maybe someone know!
A popular young adult book series inspired by the magical folklore of Arabia – the Sands of Arawiya. This book completes the duology of this series. This book is about the fight of Zafira, Nasir and Kifah to restore the magic to all of Arawiya and finish the plan that was set in motion. The fight is not going to be easy due to various contraints faced by them but their determination, perseverance and strong will is what would lead them to their path.
The author, Hafsah Faizal, is the New York Times bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME and WE FREE THE STARS – this book.
The first book in the series called #Deathless, this book is about a sixteen-year-old Deka who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. She knows that she is different from the others due to her unnatural intuition. Deka wants her blood to be red so that she is accepted in the village. However, on the day of the ceremony, her blood turns out to be Gold and not red. Deka is devasted but the appearance of a mysterious woman who explains that her blood is a rare immortal gift and she can go along with the woman and fight for the emperor consisting of an army of similar girls. Deka decides to leave and this book is about her journey of realization and surprises that behold the city and herself.
Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles and the author of this epic fantasy young adult novel.
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In the list of the popular young adult books in 2021, Concrete Rose is a prequel to ‘The Hate U Give’ book by the author. In this book, she revisits Garden Heights, 17years prior to the events in the ‘The Hate U Give’. The book is about how the son of a former gang leader, Mav, deals with King Lord and how life can be when you have to take care of everyone in the family. From finishing school, to raising a child to slinging dope, it’s not an easy journey for Mav from boyhood to manhood.
This novel by Angie Thomas, a former teen rapper, would surely take one through various human emotions and the journey of what it means to be a man.
A first in the series, The Infinity Courts is about the life of an 18-year-old Nami Miyamoto. Her life is going on perfect – graduation from high school, great family and attending the most awaited party of the year. However, she doesn’t reach the party but is taken to a place called infinity where people go after their death of the physical body. A virtual assistant on earth is the queen of Infinity and using all her might to bring down human race. Nami works with a bunch of rebels to bring down the queen and reinstate earth. However, this would not be easy and Nami has to come to terms with what it takes to be a human.
From the award -winning author, this young adult novel would surely transport you into Infinity!
Let’s then grab a copy and indulge in the popular young adult novels from bestsellers and award-winning authors. We will keep adding to the list as we find more sought-after and popular young adult books in 2021.
Research Courtesy- Priti Rohira