The surprise announcement of a Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, took the young adult book world by storm. I picked it as one of my most anticipated books of 2020. Set 64 years before Katniss volunteers as tribute, Suzanne Collins shows us the beginning of Coriolanus Snow’s rise to power.
The Similars, by Rebecca Hanover, is a thriller set at a boarding school in the near-future. The biotechnology to produce human clones exists, but it’s banned in many countries. Imagine the surprise when six clones show up for class at an elite boarding school – and they’re the exact replica of six current students.
They Went Left, by bestselling author Monica Hesse, is the heartbreaking story of a girl, freed from a Nazi concentration camp, intent on finding her younger brother. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and surpassed my high expectations.
Killing November, by Adriana Mather, is a thrilling story of a secret boarding school for the children of the world’s most powerful families. The curriculum is tailored to produce assassins and spies, and creates maximum tension and conflict between students.
Chosen Ones is the first adult novel by bestselling author Veronica Roth. It shows the psychological trauma that remains ten years after a group of teens defeat the Dark One. It’s a twisty, action-filled story that puts a different spin on the familiar trope.