Best Book Series for Teens

Teen readers can't get enough of trilogies and multipart series that keep them on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next installment. Whether it's a dystopian series or a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or historical saga, these books immerse readers in other worlds and keep them hooked. Check out this list of our favorite teen book series -- in most cases, we've included a review of the first title in the series. And for even more suggestions, check out our lists Books Like the Hunger Games and Teen Romance Novels.

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The 5th Wave, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.
By Rick Yancey
(2013)
(2013)
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Divergent, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, violent dystopian thriller is original, addictive.
By Veronica Roth
(2011)
(2011)
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Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightful steampunk fantasy about girl spies and assassins.
By Gail Carriger
(2013)
(2013)
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Flamecaster: Shattered Realms, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Absorbing fantasy romance full of spies and palace intrigue.
By Cinda Williams Chima
(2016)
(2016)
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Insignia Book Poster Image
Complex, thrilling start to thoughtful dystopian trilogy.
By S.J. Kincaid
(2012)
(2012)
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Matched, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Eerie gothic fantasy a satisfying creep fest for teens.
By Ransom Riggs
(2011)
(2011)
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Monument 14 Book Poster Image
Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.
By Emmy Laybourne
(2012)
(2012)
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The Raven Boys:The Raven Cycle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2012)
(2012)
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Red Queen: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.
By Victoria Aveyard
(2015)
(2015)
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The Selection, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Entertaining futuristic take on reality TV dating shows.
By Kiera Cass
(2012)
(2012)
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Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thrilling, exotic fantasy romance gets pretty violent.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2012)
(2012)
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Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Obsessive vampire romance is absorbing and fun.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2007)
(2005)
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Undertow: Undertow Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Invasion of sea dwellers fuels gripping sci-fi thriller.
By Michael Buckley
(2015)
(2015)
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Unwind: Unwind Dystology, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Shocking sci-fi gives teens plenty to get wound up about.
By Neal Shusterman
(2007)
(2007)
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Walk on Earth a Stranger: Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl hides as boy for harrowing journey west in taut tale.
By Rae Carson
(2015)
(2015)
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Warcross, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Winning teen girl drives cyberpunk virtual reality thriller.
By Marie Lu
(2017)
(2017)
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The Winner's Curse: The Winner's Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Depth and action in fantasy tale of star-crossed lovers.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2014)
(2014)
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Ash Princess, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Torture, genocide make absorbing fantasy for mature teens.
By Laura Sebastian
(2018)
(2018)
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Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Young women aim to save magic in exciting African fantasy.
By Tomi Adeyemi
(2018)
(2018)
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Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Victorian-era fantasy series starts with plenty of violence.
By Cassandra Clare
(2011)
(2010)
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The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tricky fantasy will keep readers guessing until the end.
By Holly Black
(2018)
(2018)
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The Diabolic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Deadly female bodyguard stars in smart, surprising sci-fi.
By S.J. Kincaid
(2016)
(2016)
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.
By Laini Taylor
(2011)
(2011)
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Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Violent tale of assassin nun seeking revenge on men.
By Robin LaFevers
(2012)
(2012)
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Half Bad Book Poster Image
Exciting witchy fantasy is riveting but grim and violent.
By Sally Green
(2014)
(2014)
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Partials: The Partials Sequence, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tense action, sharp plot twists distinguish dystopian tale.
By Dan Wells
(2012)
(2012)
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The Scorpion Rules: Prisoners of Peace, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teen hostages fight for survival in intense sci-fi tale.
By Erin Bow
(2015)
(2015)
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Six of Crows, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Riveting, violent fantasy of flawed teens on a mission.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2015)
(2015)
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A Study in Charlotte: Charlotte Holmes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Drugs, rape, murder in tense, edgy Holmes-Watson update.
By Brittany Cavallaro
(2016)
(2016)
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Three Dark Crowns, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Thrilling but very dark tale of murderous triplet queens.
By Kendare Blake
(2016)
(2016)
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Code Name Verity, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
(2012)
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The Diviners, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Swell start to a spooky but fabulous Prohibition-set series.
By Libba Bray
(2012)
(2012)
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Finnikin of the Rock Book Poster Image
Riveting epic, but too complex, violent for younger teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2010)
(2010)
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A Song of Fire and Ice (A Game of Thrones) Series Book Poster Image
Dark, violent epic upends the usual fantasy clichés.
By George R.R. Martin
(2016)
(1996)
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