25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

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His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy starts as a fantasy world that’s almost like our own, but not quite. A ward of that world’s version of Oxford, Lyra Bellacqua and her shapeshifting spirit companion fall victim to a ring of child kidnappers, discover a rift in the universe, and begin the story’s transition into a sweeping allegory of none other than The Fall. A fantasy series that tackles religion by adapting Milton risks being heavy-handed, but the central love story means Pullman’s tale packs as much of an emotional punch as an intellectual one.