If you love YA (as in Young Adult) fiction, you should be buzzing about the Hunger Games trilogy! And from the looks of things behind the scenes, you are, because the number of reservations against the titles are astounding! So while we wholly endorse guzzling up the exciting and chilling adventures of Katniss Everdeen before the film comes out, you’ll need something else to read while you’re waiting. Where better to find ideas than to turn to Who Next, the younger, hipper version of Who Else Writes Like?
Who Next works exactly like Who Else Writes Like?, so I searched for authors that might appeal to fans of Suzanne Collins. The results were cleverly divided into age groups. So if you (or your favourite YA fan) are between the ages of 12 and 14, why not try some of these titles?
A Trick of the Dark - even written by an author with the same surname as Ms Collins – this novel tells a tale of a struggle with the soul!
Saci Lloyd‘s The Carbon Diaries 2015 envisages a world in the very near future where carbon dioxide is rationed to minimise climate change. There’s even a sequel!
Benjamin Myers‘ Bad Tuesdays series follows three “street rat” siblings who have to fight for everything…
Rachel Ward‘s Numbers depicts the life of Jem, who discovers she has an eerie skill – she can predict the date on which people she meets will die! Awkward…
For the slightly older reader
Malorie Blackman is a prolific YA author, with some truly intriguing output. Try her thought-provoking Noughts and Crosses , which cleverly tackles the weighty subject of racism.
Like The Hunger Games, Laura Powell‘s The Master of Misrule is a novel about a game that is a matter of life or death.
Scott Westerfeld is undoubtedly one of the most important YA authors today. His Uglies series is a startlingly believable comment on the superficiality of modern life.
Hopefully these titles will inspire you, or at the very least, tide you over! If they’re not for you, please do have a play around with Who Next for yourself!