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My 13 year old son needs a new book series

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Artemis Fowl?

Dark Materials?

Wings of Fire?

Guardians of Gahoole?

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The Iron Tower Omnibus (originally a trilogy) by Dennis McKiernan.  Read it when I was 14 or 15 and is still my favorite.

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Any of the Kurt Vonnegut books

Dune

Ernest Hemingway

George Orwell

Will Eisner

Watchmen

 

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Chronicles of Narnia (I can't remember for sure- these may be for those a little younger than him).

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12 minutes ago, wazoo11 said:

Any of the Kurt Vonnegut books

Dune

Ernest Hemingway

George Orwell

Will Eisner

Watchmen

 

Hemingway and Vonnegut at 13? The kid better be precocious and worldly. 

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I know these aren't series but I think these guys write a lot of good stuff.

Lucifers hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle,  they also have a lot of other good stuff.
F Paul Wilson, Frederick Pohl, Alan Dean Foster(adapts a lot of science fiction movies).
Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. The Cool War(forgot who wrote it). This is just off the
top of my head for Scifi. ETA Fredorick Pohl wrote The Cool War.

And Stephen King.

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2 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Hemingway and Vonnegut at 13? The kid better be precocious and worldly. 

Exactly. Infinite Jest? C’mon.

I recommend the Belgariad, a five-book fantasy series from David Eddings. It is accessible to a 13-year old and is a fun ride. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Belgariad

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2 minutes ago, pecorino said:

Exactly. Infinite Jest? C’mon.

I recommend the Belgariad, a five-book fantasy series from David Eddings. It is accessible to a 13-year old and is a fun ride. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Belgariad

Hmmm tough call to figure out which the kid will enjoy more., the book about sorcerers using magic to destroy an evil monster or the one about the war veteran who drinks excessively to compensate for his depression and repressed sexuality after his #### was blown off in the war. 

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If he likes Disney at all there is a series called Kingdom Keepers which is based in the parks and with the characters but is not Written by Disney.  It’s meant for tweens and teens 

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20 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Hemingway and Vonnegut at 13? The kid better be precocious and worldly. 

The sun also rises helped change my worldview :shrug:

in 7th grade, we had to read don Quixote and the great Gatsby 

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1 minute ago, wazoo11 said:

The sun also rises helped change my worldview :shrug:

in 7th grade, we had to read don Quixote and the great Gatsby 

I love Hemingway and TSAR is my favorite. That's adult me though. I am certain I would have been bored out of my mind reading it at 13. It just seems like a big jump from Harry Potter and Hunger Games to For Whom the Bell Tolls or Cat's Cradle. 

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Does he like science fiction?  Try michael Crichton 

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Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series. I couldn't get my kid to read squat. His class started reading book one in school and next thing I know he's finished the whole series. It's darker than Harry Potter, but definitely more PG13 than some of the recommendations.

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1 hour ago, Gawain said:

Lord of the RIngs

Wizard of Earthsea

 

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1 hour ago, wazoo11 said:

Any of the Kurt Vonnegut books

Dune

Ernest Hemingway

George Orwell

Will Eisner

Watchmen

 

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit comic books?

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At that age the Wizard of Earthsea trilogy and Ender's game had a profound effect on me.  Highly recommended.

Single book recommendations:

Neverwhere by Gaiman. Great book.  Writing quality is incredible.

Rendezvous with Rama.  Great book of wonder and exploration.

Ready Player One.  Awesome stuff here.

The Martian.  Blew me away.

 

Pure fun series:

Will Wight Cradle series.  Cheap and hugely entertaining. Protagonist is a teen boy.  Yours should instantly identify.

The Reckoners series by Sanderson.  He's the best author in the biz right now and this is a teen set of books from him.  Guaranteed like here.

Rick Scott Dodge Tank series.  Another great series.  I read these four insanely quick.

all of these are squeaky clean for a kid.

 

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20 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Coming in to post both of these

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit comic books?

Yes

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4 minutes ago, wazoo11 said:

Yes

Wow...loved those. Collected the comics (kitchen sink reprints, and even bought some of the original newspaper infills)

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Agree with Ender's Game. One of my favorites of all time. and there are tons of books in the series if he gets hooked.

The Martian is another favorite, but may be a bit out of age group, depending on his (and dad's!) taking to adult language.

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If you dont mind some violence, the Mitch Rapp books are awesome. 

Vince Flynn writes them. Go in order. 

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My son (now 16) is a huge reader, got hooked by Percy Jackson and went fast from there. He started reading some of the teen/young adult series, and I honestly didn't want to hold him back. Maze Runner series was a favorite of his, along with Divergent. He also really liked a series with the book Eragon. (Eta- Eragon is in the “Inheritance Cycle series)

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On 1/26/2020 at 5:24 PM, wazoo11 said:

The sun also rises helped change my worldview :shrug:

in 7th grade, we had to read don Quixote and the great Gatsby 

Your Vonnegut suggestion was great -- it was about the time I really got into him, and yes, it may not be for every teen, but no need to shelter kids from fantastic literature. Hell, I was going to suggest Kerouac's ON THE ROAD -- definitely changed my worldview at 13.

With Vonnegut, start with CAT'S CRADLE or BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS if you think MOTHER NIGHT or SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE are too "heavy."

A lot of great suggestions -- if he's into fantasy, LOTR is the place to start but Patrick Rothfuss's KINGKILLER CHRONICLES is a great series too.

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based on the ones already listed, the Divergent and Maze Runner series seem like obvious options.

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John Christopher - Tripod series

Margaret Haddix - Shadow Children

 

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Some great ones here so far.  I have to second all of these:

 

On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 7:06 PM, Sand said:

At that age the Wizard of Earthsea trilogy and Ender's game had a profound effect on me.  Highly recommended.

Single book recommendations:

Ready Player One.  Awesome stuff here.

 

Pure fun series:

Will Wight Cradle series.  Cheap and hugely entertaining. Protagonist is a teen boy.  Yours should instantly identify.

 

On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 5:43 PM, Gawain said:

Ender's Game

 

On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 5:49 PM, wazoo11 said:

Watchmen

 

On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 5:51 PM, wikkidpissah said:

Azimov's Foundation series

 

On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2020 at 5:56 PM, Andy Dufresne said:

Dragonriders of Pern

 

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The best fantasy series I've read is ongoing, and everyone in my family loves it (wife + 3 kids, 12/15/18).  My 12yo is on about his 4th time through the existing books.  It's Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight series, starting with The Way of Kings.  Assuming your kid loves it, there are other books that are connected very loosely that are also excellent.

I recommend it for anyone who likes any fantasy series.

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One of my chicks has a 13 year old daughter and I got her the My Hero Academia collection. It's like 15 books. She's really into that #### and apparently it's really hot right now ..like globally. But I did just take a closer look and I'm pretty sure it's comic books. But hell I can't really knock it too badly. It's reading material after all, and the kid's always got her nose in some sort of book or another.

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On 1/26/2020 at 5:35 PM, quick-hands said:

He has read the obvious.

Harry Potter.  Hunger games.  Percey Jackson.

Little help boys.

My 13 year old nephew, who likes the books you referenced, loved Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha series) by Tomi Adeyemi

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Go old school.

Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series.

Also, plenty of good Arthur C. Clarke out there.  Maybe Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama.

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Red Rising. Look it up. Amazing.

 

edit - Thought it said 16. There is some stuff in here that is maybe too mature for 13,

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33 minutes ago, Worm said:

Red Rising. Look it up. Amazing.

 

edit - Thought it said 16. There is some stuff in here that is maybe too mature for 13,

I'd let my kid read Red Rising at 13 with no worries about it at all.  Another great series.

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