Reading List: Trilogies for Teens


As a teenager, it is enjoyable to fall in love with a character or a world and want to keep reading about it. This is exactly what trilogies for teenagers are designed to do: keep teens engaged from one book to the next, continuing a story through several installments. Many of these story arcs involve the complexities of self-discovery, and no matter whether the setting is Earth, space, or somewhere else entirely, the strength of the protagonist shines through. In this book list, readers will find a selection of trilogies written for teens ages 13-18. Taking place in a variety of settings, there is always something more to discover in these titles.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni




image from iOS (1)_LI The 5th Wave Collection
By: Rick Yancey

In The 5th Wave, Cassie finds herself in a world devastated by an alien attack, desperate to save herself and find her lost brother. As the onslaught from the Others—the beings that look human and kill anyone they see—continues, Cassie’s mission is to stay alone and stay alive. But then she meets Evan Walker, who may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, defiance and surrender, life and death. Book 1: The 5th Wave; Book 2: The Infinite Sea; Book 3: The Last Star
0316286389 The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
By: Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. The series tells the exploits of Karou, who struggles to come to terms with the truth about who and what she is and her role in an ancient war that is still being waged. Book 1: Daughter of Smoke & Bone; Book 2: Days of Blood & Starlight; Book 3: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
0062242911 The Gold Seer Trilogy
By: Rae Carson

Lee Westfall, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers, so when her best friend Jefferson heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out on her own dangerous journey. Book 1: Walk on Earth a Stranger; Book 2: Like a River Glorious; Book 3: and Into the Bright Unknown
0553499130 The Illuminae Trilogy
By: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague. Book 1: Illuminae; Book 2: Gemina; Book 3: Obsidio
9780062093011 The Insignia Trilogy
By: S.J. Kincaid

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. Book 1: Insignia; Book 2: Vortex; Book 3: Catalyst
039916667X The Legend Trilogy
By: Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Presents the complete Legend trilogy as well as two original short stories that shed light on the lives of June and Day before they met. Book 1: Legend; Book 2: Prodigy; Book 3: Champion
9781603093002 March (Trilogy)
By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book 1: March Book One; Book 2: March Book Two: Book 3: March Book Three
1101558466 The Matched Trilogy
By: Allyson Condie

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well? Book 1: Matched; Book 2: Crossed; Book 3: Reached
0062418610 The Thousandth Floor Trilogy
By: Katharine McGee

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something, and everyone has something to lose. Leda is addicted to drugs she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched. Eris faces a betrayal that will tear her family apart. Rylin’s job leads to a new romance and a new life—at the cost of her old one. Watt is a tech genius hired to spy on an upper-floor girl and caught in a web of lies. Avery is genetically designed to be perfect; she has it all—except the one thing she can never have. Book 1: The Thousandth Floor; Book 2: The Dazzling Heights; Book 3: The Towering Sky
9780544813199 The Undertow Trilogy
By: Michael Buckley

A sixteen-year-old girl is caught in an epic clash of civilizations when a society of undersea warriors marches out of the ocean into modern-day Coney Island. Book 1: Undertow; Book 2: Raging Sea; Book 3: Heart of the Storm
1416912045 The Unwind Trilogy
By: Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs—and, perhaps, save their own lives. Book 1: Unwind; Book 2: UnWholly; Book 3: UnSouled
9781250056979 The Winner’s Trilogy
By: Marie Rutkoski

An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart. Book 1: The Winner’s Curse; Book 2: The Winner’s Crime; Book 3: The Winner’s Kiss


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