1. Proxy, Alex London
Plot: Did you think that Matt Damon movie, Elysium, could’ve been improved with a gay POC main character? No? Well, read this book and you’ll think otherwise.
For Readers Who Like: The Hunger Games, The Giver, and A Clockwork Orange
2. Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman
Plot: From the points of view of a bumbling super-villain and a female cyborg superhero who is new to the superhero game.
For Readers Who Like: The Avengers, The Justice League, and The Venture Bros.
3. Mara, Veronica Bane
Plot: Shitty superpowered teens from a shitty town are hunted down by shitty people.
For Readers Who Like: X-Men, The Young Avengers, and Divergent
4. Threats, Amelia Gray
Plot: WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON IN THIS BOOK? You’ll finish it feeling like your life is directed by David Lynch.
For Readers Who Like: Twin Peaks, Invisible Monsters, and House of Leaves
5. The Brokenhearted, Amelia Kahaney
Plot: Your typical superhero origin story about a teenage ballerina living in a dystopian future who dies and comes back with superhero-esque powers and seeks revenge on the gang who killed her…you know.
For Readers Who Like: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and The Hunger Games
6. Death’s Daughter, Amber Benson
Plot: The main character is a ditz who doesn’t have a care in the world until her father, Death, is kidnapped she must take over the family business…and complete some impossible taks in the Afterlife realm. Also, this book is written by the actress who played Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so like…
For Readers Who Like: True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Pushing Daisies
7. Superpowers: A Novel, David J. Schwartz
Plot: The story of a group of friends in their 20s who happens to gain superpowers…and are then hunted down because of said powers.
For Readers Who Like: X-Men, The Runaways, and Teen Titans
8. Remembrance of Things I Forgot, Bob Smith
Plot: A novel starring a gay male who travels back in time to meet his younger bratty self…and they almost have sex.
For Readers Who Like: Rainbow Road, Tales of the City, and Doctor Who
9. Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, David Wellington
Plot: The zombie apocalypse has already happened and everything is terrible…but the main character must travel from Africa to an abandoned Manhattan hospital with a group of teenage girl-soldiers to aquire some medication.
For Readers Who Like: The Walking Dead, Sucker Punch, and Resident Evil
10. The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty
Plot: A writer who can’t find a job until she’s hired by a company that writes tourist guides…but for monsters.
For Readers Who Like: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and Ugly Americans
11. Kung Fu High School, Ryan Gattis
Plot: A HIGH SCHOOL FULL OF NINJAS WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED!?
For Readers Who Like: Battle Royale, Umbrella Academy, and The Magicians
12. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Plot: JOHN GREEN HAS A STORY IN THIS COLLECTION…and there are lot of great stories in this that deal with geek life and geek struggles.
For Readers Who Like: Attending Comic Con, Star Trek, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson
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13. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
Plot: The main character, named Charles Yu, has to go back in time to find his lost father with the help of a guide book, named How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. So, you know, WIBBLY WOBBLY ETC
For Readers Who Like: Doctor Who and Ready Player One
14. Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, Julie Kenner
Plot: Imagine if Buffy had retired, gotten married and had kids…and then had to come out of retirement years later. This is the ultimate geek beach read.
For Readers Who Like: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and Batwoman
15. Hero, Perry Moore
Plot: Your typical coming of age and coming out story…the difference being the main character’s father is basically Superman.
For Readers Who Like: The Young Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Justice League