If you like Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
In Brown’s YA dystopian novel, protagonist Darrow discovers the origins of his society and what actions humans are capable when the comforts of civilization break down. Golding explores similar themes in The Lord of the Flies, when a class of young boys is stranded on a island and left to fend for themselves.
If you like the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
Read Ivanoe by Sir Walter Scott
If you like stories in set in medieval or medieval-inspired time periods, you’ll want to read Ivanhoe. Scott’s work was written in the 1800s, when the Romanticists indulged their own obsessing with studying and recreating the medieval world. This means you get all the flavor of England in the Middle Ages without having to read an actual Middle English text. Plus, Scott’s protagonist has to prove his worth as a knight, a theme that will resonate with fans of Tamora Pierce.
If you like The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen
Read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Nielsen’s novel is all about a clever, spunky protagonist who pulls off amazing plot twists. But no classic author does intrigue and surprising twists than Alexandre Dumas. His books do tend to be heavy on the history, but they’re also full of passionate characters with the smarts to pull off amazingly wild schemes.
If you like Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Connolly’s fantasy novel features a starry-eyed, kind-hearted protagonist who wants nothing more than to help others and have a place where she belongs. Even though she’s not fully human, this means Kymera has a lot in common with Montgomery’s red-headed orphan Anne Shirley. Readers will fall in love with both girls and their big dreams.
If you like A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Baldwin’s series introduces readers to a school of smart, sometimes sassy girls who don’t mind a bit of romance in their lies. Fans of the Regency period will want to see where it all began with Jane Austen’s own tales of delightfully witty women finding the loves of their lives. (Biting social commentary is also a highlight.)
If you like The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Read The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
If you enjoy alien stories, you can’t miss out on Wells’s classic story of an alien invasion. Though Wells’s writing style isn’t necessarily about adding suspense and action in a way familiar to readers of YA, he does know how to tell a thought-provoking story. Readers won’t want to miss out on his version of earth vs. aliens.