Great Summer Series

I’ve enjoyed several different series over the years, but here are some recent series I’ve read that would be great to try over the summer. They’re generally for teens but adults may enjoy them as well. My picks for June are:
1. The Mortal Instruments series–Cassandra Clare
These fantasy novels are about Clary Fray who has lived an ordinary life until it is  changed forever when her mother is kidnapped by her former husband who used to be a Shadowhunter or someone who hunts demons. She wants to rescue her mother and is helped by Jace Lightwood and his family of Shadowhunters. Along the way Jace and she  begin a close relationship. She learns more about this world that her mother had been part of and kept a secret from her all her life. I find these books to be very engrossing and for those who enjoy fantasy and romance.
2. Across the Universe trilogy–Beth Revis
In these futuristic science fiction novels, Amy was a cryogenically frozen passenger abroad the Godspeed, a ship funded by the Financial Resource Exchange that is heading from Earth to settle on a new planet, Centauri-Earth. The journey is supposed to take 300 years but 250 years in she is violently awaken. The first book is her experience settling onto the ship and meeting Elder, the future leader of the ship. Told through their perspectives the books describe their experience learning the secrets of the ship and quelling potential mutiny by the residents of the ship. I’ve never really enjoyed science fiction before, but I found  that these novels are very realistic and transcend the genre to be novels of friendship, potential romance, and mystery, in which a ship and its leader have hidden secrets that must be discovered before the ship collapses.
3. Divergent series–Veronica Roth
In this dystopian series, society is divided into five factions–Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, and Candor. When members of the society turn sixteen, they take a test to see what faction they are most suited for. Beatrice Prior takes this test and finds that she is suited for three of the factions–an anomaly that is revealed to be known as Divergent. She must keep this a secret when settling into her new faction, because it would be too dangerous to reveal. As she settles in, she develops a close relationship with one of the instructors and is faced in the end with the choice of saving her family or staying with her faction. These are books by a debut author who seems to really understand friendship and relationships and can make the characters relatable to her audience. The books may be long, but they are quick reads as the plot thickens and tension builds between the factions.

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