YA Books for Gamers


YA Books for Gamers

YA Books for Gamers
So what if you would rather spend your time playing a video game than reading? (Don’t worry, we’re not judging you. . . too much.) Whether you’re more into MMOGs, first-person shooter, survival horror, RPGs or whatever else, you may want to check out these YA books that have been approved by gamers.

1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.


2. Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around.


3. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

A teenage video gamer becomes a government weapon in a futuristic world at war in this high-action adventure.


4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

The city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist and one teen decides he must take down the corrupt government himself.


5. Feed by M.T. Anderson

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.


6. Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

Nick joins a mysterious computer game, Erebos, and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game.


7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.


8. Black Hole Sun by David MacInnis Gill

On Mars, a teenage boy leads a band of mercenaries to protect the developing planet’s most valuable resource from feral marauders.


9. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms.


10. Partials by Dan Wells

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated.


11. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Nataliya on Goodreads describes it: “A Wizard of Earthsea is a simple but beautiful and magical coming-of-age story of a young wizard Ged, who starts out as a brash and cocky boy who in his arrogance unwittingly releases a terrible Shadow upon the world, but who eventually grows up and succeeds in embracing the darker part of himself.” View her review here.


12. Dune by Frank Herbert

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino.


13. Reboot by Amy Tintera

A seventeen-year-old girl rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.


14. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.


15. Epic by Conor Kostick

Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays. If you win, you have the chance to go to university, get more supplies for your community, and fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing.


16. Rush by Eve Silver

Teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it’s life and death.


18. Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

In each generation, for thousands of years, twelve Players have been ready. But they never thought Endgame would happen. Until now.

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