It was the snap heard ’round the world. In last year’s Infinity War, our fave heroes failed to stop Thanos before he assembled the Infinity Gauntlet and erased half the beings in the known universe from existence. We had to watch the heartbreaking final moments play out as, one by one, the characters we’ve come to know and love became dust. And now, because we love hurting ourselves emotionally (and because we can’t wait for Endgame to hit theaters), we spent some time thinking on which YA characters we might have tragically lost in the Snap.
We put plenty of thought into who fell victim to the Snap in each book’s universe, so please don’t be too mad with us. We had to consider whose death would affect the others around them most! We had to wonder what the story would look like as the survivors banded together to get their loved ones back. And most importantly, we had to make the tough decision and acknowledge that, unfortunately, many of our faves would not make it.
So prepare yourself emotionally, and then buckle up and scroll down and read which characters we think we would have lost in the Snap. A moment of silence, please.
57 YA Characters
WHO WOULD’VE DIED IN THE SNAP
1. Princess Amari [Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi]
Despite her upbringing, Amari is one of the softest-hearted characters in Orïsha, and we thought losing her would carry such bittersweet heartbreak that we couldn’t see it any other way. Plus, you know we’re ready to see the rest of the squad set out to get her back.
2. Simon Spier [Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli]
3. Arthur Seuss [What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera]
If anyone has written a YA character comparable to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, it’s Becky Albertalli. Her sweetheart boys have no place in the chaotic post-Thanos world.
4. Mare Barrow [Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard]
5. Tiberias “Cal” Calore [Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard]
6. Elane Haven [Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard]
If you know anything about us at Epic Reads, you know that Evangeline’s character arc is one of our favorite things in the Red Queen series. So, naturally, Thanos would set her on a path of leadership by removing Mare, Cal, and her love, Elane, from the picture. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for Evangeline, Farley, Cameron, and Kilorn to do what they need to do.
7. Kaz Brekker [Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo]
8. Jesper Fahey [Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo]
9. Nikolai Lantsov [King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo]
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together…” We saw Kaz do everything he needed to get Inej back, and now it’s her turn. We know she’d go to the ends of the earth for Kaz—plus, add in losing Jesper and the arc that Wylan would have beside her. Also, can you imagine what Zoya would do if Nikolai was Snapped?! Thanos doesn’t stand a chance.
10. Queen Mirabella [Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake]
11. Pietyr Renard [Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake]
12. Billy Chatworth [Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake]
Depending on how… functional… Jules and Katharine are, Arsinoe may be the one who needs to step up and rescue her loved ones this time. And we’d like to think Katharine could step up! She and Pietyr’s relationship may be twisted, but the things he’s done, he’s done for her.
13. Ahren Schreave [The Heir by Kiera Cass]
Okay, maybe this one’s a little unfair, but you know we couldn’t let our Selection faves get away without any casualties. Sorry, Ahren!
14. Charlotte Holmes [A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro]
This was a tough choice, but it seemed right that Charlotte would be the half of this iconic duo to bite the dust (sorry). Watching her deal with the emotions of losing Jamie would give her another great arc, but she’s way too brilliant and logical and she’d probably figure out how to get him back before Thanos could even realize what happened. We’re ready to see Jamie team up with Leander and get their girl back.
15. Clary Fray [City of Bones by Cassandra Clare]
16. Simon Lewis [City of Bones by Cassandra Clare]
17. Alec Lightwood [City of Bones by Cassandra Clare]
18. Magnus Bane [City of Bones by Cassandra Clare]
Alright, yes, this one hurts. Jace watching Clary turn to dust between his fingers. Isabelle yelling at Simon to fight it, to stay by her side. And Alec and Magnus embracing as they faded away together, in an emotional embrace to rival Wanda and Vision’s own. But we have faith that Izzy, Jace, Maia, and any other allies they recruited to get their friends back would do everything they could to undo Thanos’ Snap—even if it meant dealing with the angels and demons again themselves.
19. Jem Carstairs [Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare]
20. Henry Branwell [Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare]
Rather than challenging the Infernal Devices crew by pulling their strongest fighters, we think the Snap would wreak havoc by removing two of their smartest Shadowhunters, and also two of the Institute’s emotional anchors. Jem and Henry are anchors for everyone around them, and the thought of Charlotte, Will, Tessa, and everyone else in the London Institute setting out on a mission to get them back and save the universe? Thanos is shaking.
21. Emma Carstairs [Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare]
22. Julian Blackthorn [Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare]
23. Ty Blackthorn [Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare]
24. Cristina Rosales [Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare]
25. Diego Rosales [Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare]
Okay, don’t kill us. But The Dark Artifices had such a sprawling cast that we knew they’d take a hit. And by removing this half, it’d afford the others—Mark, Dru, Kit, Jaime, and Diana—the chance to really step into the spotlight and rescue their loved ones. Maybe this is just what Kit and Ty need to get over all that Queen of Air and Darkness drama…
26. Peeta Mellark [The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins]
There are two types of people: Those who think Katniss would go to the ends of the earth to rescue Peeta, after everything they’d already been through, and those who think she’d already settled for him and would mourn but move on. We will not say what type of people we are, but we think either way, Gale would return to help her mount the rescue.
27. Safiya fon Hasstrel [Truthwitch by Susan Dennard]
If you’ve read Truthwitch, you know just how far Safiya would go to save Iseult’s life. If you haven’t, well, go freaking read it. Okay, sorry, we got distracted, but really, can you imagine the reunion we would get after Iseult returned the favor to save her Threadsister. We’re already getting emotional.
Xifeng would mourn, sure, but would she risk everything she’d achieved for Wei? For her people? Ruling half an empire is still ruling an empire, after all…
29. Scarlett Dragna [Caraval by Stephanie Garber]
The sisters of Caraval have come a long way from Scarlett’s original letters to Legend, but we thought it would seem right to place the burden, the responsibility, the hope and loss and pain on Tella, the more wild of the two. We’ve already seen them both take the reins of their own adventures, but this seemed like the conclusion that their arcs would come too more naturally. Sorry, Scarlett!
30. Violet Saunders [The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman]
31. May Hawthorne [The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman]
The kids of Four Paths are kind of a mess, but May, methods aside, at least has her eyes on the prize. And Violet’s arrival really changes everything. But remove these two from the picture, and what do we get? Justin stepping up, Harper confronting her demons (and that whole Justin thing), and Isaac being, well, Isaac. This might be the snarkiest group to take on Thanos of them all, and we would be very here for it.
32. Rielle Dardenne [Furyborn by Claire Legrand]
33. Remy Ferracora [Furyborn by Claire Legrand]
Alright—this Snap is twofold. In Eliana’s timeline, Remy falling victim seems inevitable. She would go to the ends of the earth, embrace prophecies, and fight everyone to save her brother. Losing him in such a painful way would spurn her to do whatever she could to get him back. But on the flip side, losing Rielle could force Audric and Ludivine to ally with Corien to get her back. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, after all. We’re not saying Corien has to be redeemed, but we’re also not saying it wouldn’t be fun to watch him play the role of the antihero. Thanos should be terrified, honestly.
34. Seven [I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore]
35. Nine [I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore]
36. Five [I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore]
37. Sam Goode [I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore]
38. Ella [I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore]
This brutal massacre at the hands of another intergalactic overlord was an admittedly selfish ploy to see Four and Six team up for another epic adventure. We’re only a little sorry.
39. Kopano Okeke [Generation One by Pittacus Lore]
40. Caleb Crane [Generation One by Pittacus Lore]
The first book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series was anchored by the group teaming up to rescue Taylor from Einar’s grasp—but we’ve come a long way with the final book on the horizon. Now, the group is split in half, with both Kopano and Caleb on opposite sides. Caleb has ties to the military and is admittedly one of the best at keeping the group in line, and Kopano is their heart and soul. And muscle, but mostly heart and soul. We’re ready to see the Fugitive Six—plus Einar—band together to get these two back.
41. Aelin Galathynius [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
42. Rowan Whitethorn [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
43. Chaol Westfall [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
44. Aedion Ashryver [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
45. Elide Lochan [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
46. Lysandra Ennar [Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas]
Hello, yes, this casualty list is brutal. But imagine the story we would get of those left behind. Manon, begrudgingly realizing that it’s her responsibility to lead the charge, band the survivors together, and somehow reverse the Snap. Dorian, supporting her and using all the power at his disposal to get everyone (but mostly Chaol) back. Yrene, Nesryn, and everyone in the Khaganate doing everything they can to help the survivors across the world. And Lorcan, having to team up with all of these do-gooders to save Elide. Imagine his version of the horse across the battlefield scene?! We’re getting emotional just thinking about it.
47. Aaron Warner [Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi]
Juliette has been through a lot, and like, not to put her through even more, but Warner has been such an anchor for her that it was a heartbreakingly perfect opportunity to take that away. We’d love to see her and Kenji team up to get him back, and we think the whole Snap would be a reminder of what she’s been fighting for, to begin with.
48. Lissa Dragomir [Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead]
49. Dimitri Belikov [Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead]
Hell hath no fury like a Rose Hathaway scorned. Thanos should be terrified of the most badass Dhampir in the world coming after him, especially if she had Christian, Adrian, Mia, and the rest of her friends behind her. She would also probably out-sass him so badly that Christian’s fire magic would seem like lesser burns in comparison.
50. Jax [Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston]
Jax has the vision of stars in his touch, and it would be so, so heartbreaking to know just how much he’d seen of the coming events before being Snapped. Like, imagine Doctor Strange’s 14 million futures but ground it a bit more and make it sadder, because it’d mean tearing Jax from Robb. We’d do whatever we could to see these two reunited, and we know the rest of the crew of the Dossier would agree.
51. Akos Kereseth [Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth]
It was Akos’ fate to die for Cyra, to protect her, and to lead her along her path of redemption. Of course, she made sacrifices along the way, but Akos was the emotional anchor of this story. So to see him fade away, and to see Cyra step up… very emotional, very good.
52. Mateo Torrez [They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera]
We thought, “Hm, what’s the saddest death we could attribute to the Snap?” And you know what? This is it. We’re very sorry in advance.
53. Richard Gansey III [The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater]
After everything this gang went through in their Glendower quest—and resulting fights for survival—it would be heartbreaking to see their fearless leader evaporate just as fate foretold he would. We have no doubts that Blue, Ronan, and Adam would set out on their next adventure to undo what had been done. And we can only hope that the resulting anguish, the grief and pain and necessity, might spur Noah’s reappearance, as well.
54. Elias Veturius [An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir]
Elias has already sacrificed so much, to usher in a better world, to protect Laia, to save Helene. To see him lose all of it in a way that he was helpless to fight would be, well, heartbreaking to say the least. And we have no doubts that Laia and Helene would work together to get him back. They have to… right? Protect Elias Veturius 2k19.
55. Eugenides [The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner]
56. Helen [The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner]
57. Sophos [The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner]
The sprawling world of The Queen’s Thief mean that every victim to the Snap would influence countless other things—but we’re kind of terrified to think about the kind of chaos that might fall upon the kingdoms if these three were to vanish. But you know what? Imagine Irene, and the lengths she would go to for their return. Everyone else too, sure, but Irene. Thanos would be terrified. And Costis would just be faithfully along for the ride.
Who do you think would’ve died in a YA Snap? Let us know in the comments!