Imagine a world where humans are *almost* human. Your best friend? Her mind is actually a database filled with every fact you’ll ever need to know. Basically, you’re never studying for a test again . Your Boyfriend? He’s as fast as the speed of light so you two will definitely not be late for prom pictures like you were with your ex last year. Your parents? Fair warning, they have super vision and can see everything, everywhere, at all times- be careful. So since our reality seems pretty boring now, here are some YA books to explore that sport characters who are awesomely *almost* human.
Nell Crane has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—arms, legs, eyes—Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. When she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology?
2. Boy Robot
There was once a boy who was made not created. Isaak is a Robot. After his parents were killed he discovers his real identity, and now must hide from a society that aims to terminate his existence. Boy Robot is out on October 25th and we are dying to get our hands on it!
3. Clone Zone
Replica by Lauren Oliver – two girls, two stories, one epic novel. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her entire life while Lyra otherwise known as number 24 has been tucked away at the Haven center since she was produced as a replica. When the two girls escape from the walls of their worlds and begin to uncover the truth, their lives will never be the same.
4. Created to Kill
In The Deep Beneath, H.A.L.F. 9 was created to kill. He managed to escaped the underground lab he was formerly held in and is now more powerful than ever. When he comes face to face with Erika Holt they both must make decision that will determine their fate. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 adjust to this new world? Will H.A.L.F. 9 allow Erika to live despite his programming?
5. Earth, Air, Fire, & Water
Fate of Flames, out November 22nd, bring you the story of four epic girls who can control the elements. When beasts begin to terrorize their world, they must come together as one to defeat evil once and for all. Can these girls take control their fates before the world is gone forever?
6. Beta Testing
In Beta by Rachel Cohn, Elysia is created in a laboratory. Created as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, whose death made Elysia’s life possible. Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents and clones are unhappy- always yearning for something. But for what, exactly? She knows she is soulless and shouldn’t feel a thing but these overpowering sensations won’t quit clouding Elysia’s mind.
7. Fixer Upper
Imagine getting cured of all your evil just by getting an implant that promises to “fix” you. Well that’s exactly what happens to Franklin Kettle in Tattoo Atlas. After he is convicted of homocide, Franklin is chosen as the perfect guinea pig for his classmate, Rem Braithwithe’s moms new experiment. He claims to be cured, but when another peer shows up dead, the ones closest to Franklin aren’t so sure he is. Did the cure work? Is Franklin free from all evil? Find out on October 18th when Tattoo Atlas is released!
8. Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
Reboot Series by Amy Tintera is an oldie but a goodie- trust me. Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, better.Now Wren is seventeen years old, and serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
9. Cinderella Cyborg
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
10. Echo Echo Echo Echo
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna is an underrated gem that is 100% not to be missed. Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.
Do you have a favorite almost human? Tell us in the comments below!