25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read


Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Card’s homophobia aside, Ender’s Game is a touchstone of teen science fiction. Ender Wiggin’s universe isn’t quite post-apocalyptic, but multiple wars with an alien race have shaken its foundation enough to prompt the founding of a children’s military academy by a global coalition. Ender’s tactical genius prevails, but Ender’s Game is merely the first book in a deeply philosophical sequence following Ender into adulthood that includes Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.