Thanks to Libba Bray and her Gemma Doyle Series and Cassandra Clare and her Infernal Devices Series, there was never a shortage of books set in Victorian England with a lovely girl in a fabulous dress gracing the cover.
But it’s been a couple of years since the publication of those books and there had been a bit of a shortage of YA set in the UK especially contemporary and science fiction. Thankfully 2016 is seeing a resurgence. So before England Brexits from the European Union, enjoy these YA books from all genres that are set in the United Kingdom.
- The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Elodie desires more for herself than a life of tea parties and when her father finds himself in trouble, Elodie must travel to China to save him and her family.
- The Taste For Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
After a disfiguring accident, Evelyn finds employment as John Merrick’s nurse. Caring for The Elephant Man gives Evelyn strength to seek justice as Jack The Ripper terrorizes London.
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Forced to lay low Faith and her family are exiled to an island where her father mysteriously dies. While looking for answers for her father’s death, Faith discovers a tree that may hold the answers she seeks.
- Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Katie’s grandmother, Mary, suffers from Alzheimers and does not have a good relationship with Katie’s mother. Unbecoming is the story of three generations of women and the secrets that plague their lives.
- The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Gottie is grieving her grandfather’s death and the end of a relationship which are both causing her to lose time. Is she falling through black holes or she suffering from a mental breakdown? Only Gottie can find answers.
- The Call by Peadar O Guilin
The Sihde are angry and they are abducting teens. If you get called, you only have 3 minutes and 4 seconds to find your way back home or be lost forever.
- Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Marguerite is the daughter of two brilliant physicists who invent a device that allows people to travel to different dimensions. One day, one of their interns steals the device and is suspected in the murder of Marguerite’s father. Marguerite and a second intern, Theo, travel through dimensions to find and kill Marguerite’s father’s murderer.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
There are four Londons that exist in four dimensions and only two people in the world can travel between them and one of them is Kell. Kell is a smuggler and one day his illegal activities catch up to him.
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Emma is hot and she knows it. She likes to drink and party but when she’s sexually assaulted and pictures are spread all over the internet, Emma’s friends don’t believe she’s the victim.
- The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
After the drowning of her twin brother, Elsie has not gone in the water for many years. While hanging out in her favorite hiding place, Elsie meets a free diver who helps her use diving to deal with her loss.
— Dawn Abron, currently reading Ghostly Echoes by James Ritter