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7 YA Westerns for Fans of Westworld


7 YA Westerns for Fans of Westworld

7 YA Westerns for Fans of Westworld
If you watched the premiere of the new high-concept HBO show Westworld then you definitely had the same reaction as a young Keanu Reeve’s and the rest of us: whoaaaaa.
After the dust settled (ba dum tss) you probably had a strong urge to read some western books as well. The excitement! The danger! If only (a less terrifyingly violent) Westworld was real! That’s exactly why we cultivated this list: to get your fill of all the crooked sheriffs, showdowns, stampedes, and majestic horses you didn’t know you needed in yourr life. Here’s hoping each book takes you into yourr own little “westworld!”


1. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Lee Westfall has a strong supportive family and a home she loves. Well, she used to. Lee can sense gold in the world around her, a power someone would murder to control. When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.


2. Vengeance Road Erin Bowman

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. You know what they say, “revenge is worth its weight in gold.”


3. Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. It’s a perfect home for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler. When Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold, draws the attention of some wealthy investors, there’s one major problem. The investors look exactly like the cannibals who Westie lost her arm and her family to when she was a child.


4. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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Do you have those books that you just can't help but take photos of constantly? I definitely do it with my SJM books, but I am also so guilty of doing it with these two. I LOVE the books themselves, the writing is incredible, but the covers are also absolutely stunning. I love the colours on them and how beautiful they always look in photos. I highly recommend these books though, they are incredible! #bookstagram #booknerd #reading #reader #bookphotography #booktography #booknerdigans #instaread #bookporn #bookshelf #bookshelfie #shelfie #shelfgoals #bookshelfgoals #bookworm #amreading #instaread #youngadult #youngadultseries #currentlyreading #notadroptodrink #inahandfulofdust

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Lynn knows every threat to her pond. She makes sure anyone who comes near it leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….


5. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. And that’s fine by her, until four cloaked horsemen capture her beloved twin bother, Lugh. On her unrelenting search to get him back, she, and the fierce friends she makes along the way, stage a showdown that will change the course of their civilization.


6. Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.


7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton I wasn't planning on reading this book yet, but I picked it up while I was working the other day and got completely sucked in. I didn't think it was perfect, because I frequently got confused, whether that was due to being sick and mostly dead or the actual writing, but I loved the story and the characters enough to look past it. I loved the setting and the world. It's fantasy in the desert with magic and guns and trains. It was kind of western meets the Middle East and I found it super unique and fun. I also loved the mythology with all the magical creatures, which I just find so intriguing. The plot was fun and fast paced. There's loads of action and adventure. I honestly couldn't really guess what was going to happen next, or my guesses would turn out wrong. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised with what happened. As for the characters, I love Amani and her journey throughout this book. She starts as a girl alone with a dream of just getting out of town and then she becomes so much more and becomes a part of so much more. I love how strong will she is and how she takes her life in her own hands instead of letting anyone else and society decide for her. And that girl can shoot a gun better than anyone. And Jin, I love that boy ❤️. I love his loyalty and his passion and the trouble in his eyes. I loved the romance between him and Amani, I only wish there was more of it. I think what made me struggle with this book, which again may have been because I was sick, was that I felt like some things, characters, setting, background, needed to be flushed out a lot more and some of the action seemed a little sporadic. There are a lot of places and a lot of people, I could've used a map and character glossary. And it just needed a little more to be completely convincing. Also, sometimes I'd get lost following dialogue or stumble on incomplete sentences… But again, either way I loved it! . . Weapon of Choice : #livelaughbooksoctober Can't deny that manipulating sand isn't a very good weapon when you live in the desert. 😉 Or elsewhere, since sand finds its way everywhere. . . #rebelofthesands #alwynhamilton #penguinteen

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Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. She never imagined that escape would involve galloping away on a mythical horse and fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. Or that it would lead her on a path to unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


Do you have some other favorite YA westerns not featured on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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