Some of the best new SFF out there right now is of the Young Adult variety. From a new series from Divergent author Veronica Roth to the third and final book in Arwen Elys Dayton’s Seeker series, these new and soon-to-come YA titles will quench your thirst for SFF.
The Bone Witch (Out 3/7)
by Rin Chupeco
Tea has always believed she was a normal witch, just like all the others in her family, until she accidentally brings her brother back from the dead. Her necromantic powers now label her a bone witch, alienating her from the others in her community. Fortunately, she is taken under the wing of an older bone witch like her, and begins to grow her magical abilities — but dark forces are on their way, and her decisions may have grave consequences.
Nemesis (Out 3/21)
by Brendan Reichs
Since Min was eight years old, every two years, on her birthday, a strange man has come in the night and murdered her. But she never remains dead — she always wakes up a few hours later on the ground just outside her small Idaho hometown, entirely unhurt. Meanwhile, just a few miles away, Noah struggles with nightmares of murder and death, and just wants to know the truth. But Min and Noah are both about to face even bigger problems: an enormous asteroid is headed towards Earth, and if it collides with their planet, all life will be lied out. The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Min decides to put an end to the madness.
Blood Rose Rebellion (Out 3/28)
by Rosalyn Eves
Blood Rose Rebellion is the first installment in a new historical fiction/fantasy trilogy set in Hungary. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Anna Arden, who is born into the Luminate, (powerful users of magic), but who herself is Barren (unable to perform magic of any kind). In a society where prestige stems from magic, money, and blood, her lack of ability is deadly. Anna is exiled to her family’s native but crumbling land of Hungary when she inadvertently interferes with her sister’s debutante spell, and from then on discovers that her journey may have less to do with social prestige, and more to do with social change.
A Crown of Wishes (Out 3/28)
by Roshani Chokshi
Gauri, princess of Bharata, has nothing left to lose. Captured as a prisoner of war after her kingdom was defeated, all she has to look forward to is exile. Until, that is, the prince of a neighboring enemy kingdom comes to her aid. Vikram doesn’t want to rule as only a puppet king, and is willing to do anything, even partnering with an enemy, to change that. If he and Gauri can make it to the Tournament of Wishes and win the competition, the Lord of Wealth will grant them their heart’s desire. But the tournament is anything but straightforward, and it will take all their wits and strength to make it through unscathed.
Strange the Dreamer (Out 3/28)
by Laini Taylor
The mortals won the war against the gods twelve years ago, but the gods left their children behind. The mortals may think they put all the gods’ children to death, but they are mistaken. Five of them—Sarai, Minya, Feral, Sparrow, and Ruby—live in hiding, powerful and yet helpless. But when their life in hiding is threatened, it may be time to finally put those powers to good use.
Our Dark Duet (Out 6/13)
by Victoria Schwab
This is the sequel and conclusion to Victoria Schwab’s New York Times bestselling novel This Savage Song. It follows Kate Harker, a girl who isn’t afraid of monsters—in fact, she hunts them. Kate has grown into a ruthless hunter of incredible strength, but in this finale, she’ll be faced with a monster entirely new, and she may have finally met her match.
The Library of Fates (Out 7/18)
by Aditi Khorana
Emperor Sikander is known for his bloody conquests, but has so far avoided the peaceful kingdom of Shalingar — until now. In a desperate attempt to save the kingdom, Princess Amrita offers herself up to be his bride. The emperor remains unswayed, however, and attacks the idyllic land. With the palace under siege, she manages to escape with one of Sikander’s slaves, the oracle Thala. Together, they journey in search of the mythical Library of Fates: a place where destinies can be unwritten.
Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth
From the author of the bestselling Divergent series comes a new SFF series set on a brutally violent planet, where everyone naturally develops a unique “currentgift” that will shape the future. Akos and Cyra, unfortunately, have gifts that make them vulnerable to the control of others who would look to do them harm. They come from wildly different worlds, but their mutual misfortune binds them together—if it isn’t what tears them apart.
by Fonda Lee
Earth has been relatively peaceful since it became the colony of an alien race one hundred years ago. Despite that, some humans still want their planet freed from alien rule. Donovan Reyes is fine with the way things are, though, especially because his father is the esteemed Prime Liaison. But the peace that the planet has enjoyed may be on the brink of splintering. Donovan is kidnapped by the revolutionary Sapience group, and his father refuses to negotiate, leaving the fate of both Donovan and the planet in the hands of the revolutionaries.
by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett and Tella live on a tiny island with their brutal father, and where something known as Caraval exists. Caraval is a once-a-year interactive show, in which the audience gets to participate. But it’s a lot more involved than Sleep No More, and this year, the show revolves around Tella. She’s disappeared, and whoever finds her first will win. In searching for her sister and imagining the consequences of not finding her, Scarlett begins to realize that Caraval may not be just a show after all.
by Arwen Elys Dayton
The third and final book in Arwen Elys Dayton’s Seeker series finds our hero Quin believing she’s finally broken free of her father’s manipulation, only to realize that she is once again a pawn in an evil plot that has been brewing for centuries. Her father is about to see his grand plan realized, but Quin will do everything she can to fight against it. Or she will die trying.
Empress of a Thousand Skies
by Rhoda Belleza
Perfect for fans of Pierce Brown and ‘Firefly,’ Empress of a Thousand Skies follows Rhee (an empress) and Aly (a fugitive), two people who should be enemies, but instead are forced to work together to save the fate of the entire galaxy. Rhee is on a quest to claim her throne and avenge her family, and Aly is determined to leave his war refugee origins behind him. When Aly is falsely accused of killing Rhee, they make an unlikely pair of warriors in the face of inter-planetary war.
King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
by Victoria Aveyard
King’s Cage is the third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, and it will not disappoint. At this point in the series (spoiler alert!) our heroine Mare Barrow is a prisoner in the palace, entirely powerless without her lightning. She lives at the mercy of King Maven Calore, the boy who she once loved. Meanwhile, the exiled Prince Cal will stop at nothing to bring her back to the band of rebels that she brought together long ago.
Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton
Amani Al’Hiza is an orphaned moral in the desert nation of Miraji, where mythical beasts still roam wild. She’s a gifted gunslinger, though, and is determined to avoid her almost certain fate of either marriage or death in Dustwalk, her back-country town. When she meets Jin in a shooting contest, she thinks that perhaps he’s the key to getting out.
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Gemina is the second book in the Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Hanna and Nik are wallowing away their time aboard the Jump Station Heimdall, a space station at the edge of the galaxy that could not be more boring. Hanna is the captain’s daughter, and Nik comes from a notorious crime family. Things get much less boring when an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, and they need to team up to defend the home that they don’t quite love.
by Romina Russell
The fourth installment to Romina Russell’s Zodiac series is out in August, so you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on the first three books in the meantime. Beginning with Zodiac, this series follows 16-year-old Rhoma Grace, a student from House Cancer (one of the 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy). She is named the leader of the House when a violent blast wipes out thousands of citizens, leaving the House ravaged and lost. No one is more stunned than she to be named leader. And so it begins!
by Sasha Stephenson
Callie is adopted, which in and of itself isn’t strange at all. It’s where she comes from that’s strange, and where that’s left her now: she was adopted into Lorna’s family at birth, sixteen years ago, and is one of hundreds of teens who were discovered on a remote Arctic island. Callie, and the rest of the teens who were discovered there, is unable to speak or understand any human language at all. Lorna loves Callie unconditionally, though, even if Callie perhaps doesn’t understand that love, or how to reciprocate it in language. When the two sisters embark on a journey north, Lorna learns that a whole lot about Callie’s already strange and mysterious origin story has been kept from her, and that Callie isn’t who—or what—she thought she was.
A special thanks to YA Interrobang for their helpful suggestions in expanding and diversifying this list!