theta in training

You may experience these symptoms as a direct effect of watching Mockingjay, Part II in theaters: shaking, elevated heart rate, and the urgent desire to keep the epic adventure alive. Fear not, because we’ve rounded up 8 books that will keep the hardcore games, dangerous dystopian worlds, and abundant adrenaline going:

1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

At least in The Hunger Games you KNOW who you’re supposed to kill, and who’s trying to kill you – imagine the challenges you face when any human you come across might be an extraterrestrial killer.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

When you live in a society where one step out of line could mean the destruction of your world and everyone you love, do you hesitate to fight for what you want the most?

3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

As a survivor of a blood fever that wiped out a huge part of the population, Adelina belongs to the disenfranchised and discriminated people of her world – but now it’s time to stand up and seek revenge on those who have hurt her.

4. Zodiac by Romina Russell

Instead of being separated by districts, the dwellers in the Zodiac universe live in houses according to horoscope, and it’s up to 16-year-old House Cancer member Rho to warn the rest of the galaxy when an exiled guardian of Zodiac legend comes back to exact revenge.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

June is a prodigy being groomed for success in her government’s highest military circles, and Day is the country’s most wanted criminal – but when they meet, the truth of what has brought them together will change the course of the world as they know it.

6. Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia doesn’t have to make any choices: the Society makes the right ones for her. But a glitch in their Matchmaking ceremony forces her to question whether the life that they’ve planned out for her is the right one.

7. Half Bad by Sally Green

In modern-day England, good witches and bad witches live alongside humans – and Nathan is both. He’s on the run and being hunted from both sides, but where do you turn when there’s no one safe to trust?

8. Dove Arising by Karen Bao

Moon colony-dweller Phaet Theta undergoes brutal training after joining the faceless Militia in order to save her family, but her plan starts to crumble when she realizes that her logically-ordered world is not what it seems.

Before the Devil Breaks You is out in TWO days!!!

Things I want:

  • Ghosts and spookiness and a strong desire to read in a well lit room
  • Everyone to be alive and well and happy and okay
  • More Evie/Sam (Curse you, Libba, for making me ship them!)
  • Mabel coming into her own and doing awesome things
  • Isaiah to be okay
  • Memphis and Theta working through everything and revealing secrets and coming out stronger (I still think the sex scene is theirs. Longest established relationship would mean confronting Theta’s abuse and trauma and powers)
  • Sam and Jericho friendship (bc both those boys could use a guy friend)
  • Ling and Jericho bonding
  • Sam and Theta bonding/training/something coming of Sam knowing her secret
  • Answers
  • Henry to find happiness
  • Evie to develop/grow and be a good friend to, well, everyone
  • Plot developments

Things I am bracing myself for:

  • Ghosts and spookiness and a strong desire to read in a well lit room
  • Character death
  • A resurgence of Evie/Jericho (sigh)
  • Mabel to be sidelined
  • Bad things happening to Isaiah
  • Misunderstandings and arguments for Memphis and Theta; Roy
  • Relationships remaining stagnant (treading water for the final book?)
  • More questions
  • Sad Henry
  • Evie still being a selfish drunken mess (don’t get me wrong, I love her for it and I get it…but girl’s gotta climb out of the pit eventually, right?)
  • Plot developments