Entertainment Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 8

Series From Across the Genres to Binge-Read Under Quarantine

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While binging your favorite TV shows is definitely the popular choice of how to spend time stuck in quarantine, it isn’t the only choice. Reading a good book is just as–if not more–satisfying as watching a good movie, and a good book series can provide even more entertainment. But, finding a good book series can be difficult, so here is a list of good series to curl up with, spanning all genres.

Most book series aimed at teens and young adults tend to fall under the sci-fi or fantasy genres, but cliches and abused storylines give them a bad rap. However, there are always good series to read in every genre, and sci-fi and fantasy don’t disappoint. There are extremely sci-fi series like The Illuminae Files, by Amie Koffman and Jay Kristoff, which has three books–all over 600 pages–and another novella that acts as a prequel. The first book, Illuminae, is written entirely through documents, such as censored emails and documents, interviews and text messages. It follows the main characters Kady and Adrian as they try to escape their planet, which is being fought over by two corporations, and includes several mysteries and cover-ups. A series with slightly less extreme sci-fi is the Lorien Legacies series by several writers under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, which is set on present-day Earth and features two species of aliens–the Loric, who are hiding out on Earth from the Mogadorians, who destroyed their home planet and are still hunting the surviving Loric. The first book is I am Number Four and follows character Number Four, or John, as he moves to a different town after he accidentally shows his alien powers to his friends. He and his guardian, Henri, end up in a small town where they learn that the Mogadorians have killed 6 other Loric and are coming for them next. In response, Henri trains John how to use his powers.

While there are few series aimed at teens that aren’t dystopian or sci-fi, there are still great series that fall under the realistic and historical fiction genres. One is Crazy Rich Asians, the first book of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, popularized by the movie adaptation of the same name. It follows a professor at New York University, Rachel, as she goes with her boyfriend, Nick, to a wedding in Singapore and meets his family–but she has no clue how rich they are. Another is Hatchet, the first of five books in the series by Gary Paulson. Hatchet is about Brian Robeson, a teenager who experiences a plane crash when the pilot of his plane has a heart attack and he crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. Finally, for those who prefer historical fiction over romance and wilderness survival, there’s Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, also the first of a trilogy. Set before and during World War II, the story follows a British spy who is captured by Nazis and forced to write everything she knows about the British military, but she does so in the form of a novel telling her story from before the war leading up to her capture.