Only teens have survived a mysterious catastrophe in the first YA novel from acclaimed film producer, director, and screenwriter Chris Weitz. Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens. After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. When a tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
Why we like it: The end of the world is effectively told via a female reader and a male reader enacting teenaged characters, who are among the only survivors of the “Sickness.” Even though there are familiar plot elements, this story will still be well liked by readers of post-apocalyptic tales and “Lord of the Flies” fans. I also loved the fact that several main characters have ethnically diverse backgrounds.