Good books can provide an escape from everyday life. These adventure novels are good examples of just that escape, thanks to their thrilling plots, unforgettable characters, and touching emotions.
The Loop by Ben Oliver
Luka Kane has spent 736 days wrongfully imprisoned inside the Loop awaiting his execution. Each day is the same. Each day is torturous. But things are starting to change. Whispers of war are circulating. Strange things are happening to the prisoners. And the warden delivers a message: Luka, you have to get out … Now Luka must decide whether breaking out of the Loop is his only way to survive, especially if there’s any chance of saving the ones he loves. But the population on the outside may be far more terrifying than anything he could have imaged. And in order to save his family, he’ll have to discover who is responsible for the chaos that has been inflicted upon the world.
The Truth App by Jack Heath
Jarli Durras likes to think he’s an honest guy. He developed The Truth App, a mobile application that listens in on your conversations and can tell when someone is lying. Then his app goes viral and Jarli is an internet sensation. But being famous can be dangerous–especially when you’ve just exposed everyone’s deepest, darkest secrets. Kids at school, teachers, the police, even his own family–everyone is out to get him. Including an underground network of criminals.
A Castle In The Clouds by Kerstin Gier
Way up in the Swiss mountains, there’s an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year’s Eve Ball takes place, and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways. Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventure, and at risk of losing not only her job but also her heart.
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she’s responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension. The goddess Guanyin and Genie’s boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it’s really the Jade Emperor who’s supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he’s gone AWOL.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: a Sherlock Holmes adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Dartmouth Moors with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must solve the mystery of the seemingly supernatural beast before Sir Charles’s heir comes to similarly painful end.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Esha lost everything in the royal coup–and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha. Kunal has been a soldier since childhood. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path-even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile. When Esha and Kunal’s paths cross one fated night, an impossible chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more.
#Famous by Jilly Gagnon
Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame–and love–are worth the price…and changes both of their lives forever.
The Wild Lands by Paul Greci
Natural disasters and a breakdown of civilization have cut off Alaska from the world and destroyed its landscape. Now, as food runs out and the few who remain turn on each other, Travis and his younger sister, Jess, must cross hundreds of miles in search of civilization. The wild lands around them are filled with ravenous animals, desperate survivors pushed to the edge, and people who’ve learned to shoot first and ask questions never. Travis and Jess will make a few friends and a lot of enemies on their terrifying journey across the ruins of today’s world–and they’ll have to fight for what they believe in as they see how far people will go to survive.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
No one knows what Nikolai Lantsov endured in his country’s bloody civil war. Now enemies gather at his weakened borders, and the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Zoya Nazyalensky is devoted to rebuilding the army–but she also has enemies to conquer. Nina Zenik wages her own war to save the Grisha–and must face the pain of her past. As a dark magic within Nikolai grows stronger, he must journey where the deepest magic survives–and vanquish the terrible legacy inside him.
Start Here by Trish Doller
Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread. Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley–and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.
Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry
When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret–and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices: Run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.
Skyjacked by Paul Griffin
Five teenagers from the elite Hartwell Academy are on their way back to New York from an end-of-summer camping trip in Idaho when they realize that something has gone wrong; one of them has become violently ill, and their private plane has apparently been hijacked and is headed in the wrong direction–and even if they can somehow break into the cockpit and manage to overpower the hijacker, they have no idea how to fly the plane, much less land it.