Are you looking for a new, fun and fascinating series to read? Here are three YA trilogies that you may not have heard of, but that are definitely worth your time!
The Matt Cruse Trilogy By: Kenneth Oppel
First Book: Airborn
If you like airships, adventures, and fantastical creatures, you’d love this series!
Though not exactly new, the Matt Cruse trilogy has flown pretty well under the radar since its publishing with Airborn in 2004. Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a famous luxury passenger airship. In this first book alone, Matt encounters pirates, a mysterious tropical island, and a bizarre flying creature, which Matt calls the ‘cloud cat’. The trilogy explores Matt’s experiences with flight, discovery, and adventure, and we get to see Matt grow and develop his relationships with the passions and people he loves.
The Mapmakers Trilogy By: S.E. Grove
First Book: The Glass Sentence
If you like history, time-travel, and stories with strong strong friendships, you’d love this series!
Published in 2014, The Glass Sentence introduces us to a world that has been drastically altered from an event known as the Great Disruption. We follow Sophia Tims as she embarks on a journey to search for her kidnapped Uncle, and we see much of the new world the Great Disruption has created – a world in which different regions have been thrown into different time periods. Throughout the series, we travel the world with Sophia and her friends, and come to understand how the world became this way, and what it means for the future. The Mapmakers trilogy has pretty much everything that an epic adventure/fantasy series needs: a complex world, a series of cunning villains, a group of lovable, brilliant characters, and a little bit of magic.
The Iremonger Trilogy By: Edward Carey
First Book: Heap House
If you like creepy houses, creepy families, and creepy illustrations, you’d love this series!
Heap House, published in 2013, is an odd, quirky, and thoroughly addictive book that introduces the reader to a fantastical version of Victorian-era London. Heap House is the home of the Iremonger family – a strange group of relatives who live amongst the ‘heaps’ of London. Clod Iremonger is an especially unusual member of this family, as he can hear the voices of objects whispering to him. This series is definitely the strangest of the bunch that I’ve mentioned, but it’s exactly this strangeness that makes it so enjoyable. Interspersed with creepy illustrations, the Iremonger trilogy is a great pick if you’re looking for something fun, eerie, and unlike any YA series you’ve read before.