7. Breathe by Sarah Crossan: 7,648 Ratings
This book is about a world where oxygen is very limited, so the people have to live in a dome where the citizens have to pay for oxygen. It follows three different people who have three very different lives, but are very entwined with each other.
First off, I think the cover design is gorgeous. The 7,600 ratings may seem like a lot in comparison to the others on the list, but it is actually quite small compared to the more mainstream YA books. I really enjoyed the concept of this book, and the book itself didn't disappoint.
This is about a world where water is very scarce, but the main character has a pond in her front yard. She has to protect the pond, or it will dry out, and she will die. Her mom has always been there for her, and taught her how to protect the pond, but early on in the story her mom dies. She is left alone, and has to fend for herself. Can she do it alone? Will she even want to?
I loved this story. The character arc of Lynn was fantastic, and the book definitely deserves more reads. And additionally, the love interest is so sweet.
5. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan: 3,169 Ratings
This story is about a girl who finds out she has a gene that makes her more likely to become a murderer. She is ostracized and is treated as if she were a killer, she isn't. Can she be more than her genes, or what everyone says about her be the trigger of her tendencies?
I enjoyed this book. I understand that it came out this year, so it will have less ratings, but it is very good. If you haven't heard of this book before, I encourage you to go and pick it up.
This is a SciFi book where there are people who are genetically mutated. A girl's dad dies, and she becomes an orphan. She has to protect her sister, but how can she when her sister was taken from her. Zylia has to find out what was special about her sister's DNA before she can try to save her.
My favorite part of this book was that Lydia Kang is an actual scientist, so the science part of the story was actually correct. It was very high quality, and I think you should read it if you like science fiction books.
This is a steampunk book where some people (called peculiars) exist. They are not dangerous, but they are not allowed in normal society. The main character doesn't think she is a peculiar, but she does have an extra joint on each finger and toe. She decides on her 18th birthday that she will go to the land of the peculiars, Scree, and try to find her father. She meets people along the way, and has a fantastic adventure.
This was a very different read for me, and I really enjoyed it. The concept was very interesting, and the characters were as well. Read this book if you liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs because it is kind of in the same world, just a different time.
This tiny book is about a teenage girl who lives in France before the revolution. She is not what her mother wants her to be, and she was put in an arranged marriage without her consent. Sabine wants to be her own person, and not her mother.
This was a great com in-of-age story from a time period I have never read in. The book was about an inch and a half smaller than most hardcovers, and only about 170 pages, so you could easily read this in an afternoon. And I recommend that you do so.
In a world where most women have dies, young girls are more important than ever. They are being sold into marriage for very large sums of money. One girl just wants to find her own boy, and not have to worry about being sold to a creepy guy who only wants her for a baby maker. She is very valuable, and will she risk her freedom to get away?
This was a magnificent debut novel. I liked the characters, and the world building was very well done. This is going to have a sequel and a novella about one of the side characters!
All of these books are very well written, and I am glad I took a chance to buy them, and I hope you take the risk as well!