New Year’s Resolution to read more? This Series Starter book set has you covered. These five first novels from popular YA series will kick start your new year with the most epic adventures. The set includes:
His Dark Materials (Borg, 2019) via giphy
Philip Pullman accomplished something unique in his novels by perfectly blending genre themes we expect to be diametrically opposed: fantasy and scientific reality. This groundbreaking trilogy spawned a dedicated online fandom which exploded overnight when the HBO adaptation first aired in 2019.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Columbus, 2010) via giphy
Rick Riordan’s wildly popular young reader book series follows 12-year-old demigod, Percy, and his magical friends on all sorts of Olympic adventures drawn from Greek heroic mythology and the epics of Homer and Virgil.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Adamson, 2005) via giphy
Lewis’ epic fantasy masterpiece has been transporting readers of all ages to the magical land of Narnia for over 50 years. Like his friend and colleague, Tolkien, Lewis blended elements of religion, mythology, and fables to create a detailed world with a rich storyline that imbues a curiosity to discover something magical in the real world.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Columbus, 2001) via giphy
The wizarding world of Harry Potter has inspired generations of young readers since the first book was published in 1997, and the wildly successful film adaptations left such a profound mark on the world that everyone knows in what house the Sorting Hat would place them.
The Hunger Games (Lawrence & Ross, 2012) via giphy
Straddling the line between YA and New Adult with its dark story and political allegory, the Hunger Games introduced readers to one of the most compelling, complex protagonists of the 21st century: Katniss Everdeen.