Best Book Series for Teens

Teen readers can't get enough of trilogies and multipart series that keep them on the edges of their seats, 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 -- Completely Vampire-Free!.

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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 Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
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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 Book Poster Image
Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2012)
(2012)
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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
Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance.
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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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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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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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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Divided We Fall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Provocative military tale asks tough patriotism questions.
By Trent Reedy
(2014)
(2014)
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Blood Red Road: Dust Lands, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Warrior girl stars in action-packed debut for mature teens.
By Moira Young
(2011)
(2011)
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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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Alive: The Generations Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Tricky amnesia thriller keeps you guessing to the end.
By Scott Sigler
(2015)
(2015)
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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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The Madman's Daughter Book Poster Image
Extra horror, romance in "Island of Dr. Moreau" update.
By Megan Shepherd
(2013)
(2013)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Poster Image
Eerie gothic fantasy a satisfying creep fest for teens.
By Ransom Riggs
(2011)
(2011)
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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 Poster Image
Riveting, violent fantasy of flawed teens on a mission.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2015)
(2015)
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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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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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