The Final Chapter of 2016 Books

Emily Kim, Feature Editor

Several young adult authors will be releasing the tail end of their new works as Christmas rolls around. Per usual, these new books range from thriller to romance, making it easy for any reader to find their perfect read.

Differing from her  bestselling “Twilight” saga, “The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer lacks vampires and werewolves. The thriller follows the story of an unnamed ex-United States agent who is targeted for being a part of one of the most clandestine government agencies. She is deemed a handicap and soon her life is on the line. She is offered a way out by one of her ex-employers but  the risks are high.

This novel is more similar to one of Meyer’s previous novels, “The Host.” Both have a more science-fiction romance feel. “The Chemist” will be available in bookstores this week.

Coinciding with the movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay” will hit the shelves on Nov. 18.

The story of Magizoologist Newt Scamander is J.K. Rowling’s screenplay writing debut. The story follows Scamander on a journey that was to be a short stop in New York but turns  into a wild adventure. After his case of fantastic beasts goes missing, trouble ensues in the Big Apple.

Rowling’s newest branch of the wizarding world franchise hopes to relieve all the Potterheads of their desire for more magic and wonder.

Neal Shusterman will be releasing another science fiction-dystopian series on Nov. 22 with the first book in Arc of a Scythe, “Scythe.” Several of his previous works, the “Unwind” dystology and the “Skinjacker” trilogy, are also science fiction works with an emphasis on the balance between life and death.

In “Scythe,” the digital cloud has transformed into a self-aware and omniscient force known as the Thunderhead. People are now living in a perfect utopian society without war, poverty, famine or death. Due to the immortality granted upon everyone,  the population continues to increase and an organization known as the Scythes is created to curb, or “glean,” the growth.

The story follows two teenagers Citra and Rowan, who are reluctantly apprenticed to the same Scythe, but are now sent to new teachers after he gleans himself. The teens’ new teachers hold vastly different views on what it means to be a Scythe.

The Falling Kingdom series continues with  the fifth novel, “Crystal Storm.” Written by Morgan Rhodes, the fantasy series follows the story of five characters as the war between the gods and mortals in the kingdom of Mytica continues to rage on.

The fifth book follows the same characters as they battle against their fate and fight for their lives and the people they love. The war has a great effect on the interconnected lives of the main characters as they all fight to stay alive in the dark magic that is threatening to consume their kingdom.