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Looking for more first person series like Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, Hunger Games, and Lorien Legacies

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Initial post: Jul 22, 2012 10:11:40 PM PDT
I've recently read a lot of books such as the Percy Jackson series, Kane Chronicles, the Hunger Games series, and most recently the Lorien Legacies (I am Number Four, The Power of Six, etc...)

I think what I like most about these books is how the second half or more of the book flies by as you experience the non-stop action from the main character's point of view.

I own all of the Harry Potter & Lost Heroes, and while I enjoy them, they don't quite hold my interest as well. I find myself wishing that they were also written in first person.

It turns out that First Person Narrative stories holds my attention much better than Third Person stories do...

I'm looking for more books written in First Person Narrative, preferably with action and/or adventure settings, and good stories.

I'm fine with Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or whatever but I'm not really looking for overly romantic books.

I might give the Sookie Stackhouse books a try because I'm a fan of the True Blood Series, but I'm not really looking for a Twilight or Fifty Shades type.

Does anyone have any good recommendations?


Posted on Jul 22, 2012 10:36:05 PM PDT
Kribu says:
Divergent (by Veronica Roth; the first two books out of a trilogy have been released so far) and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (starting with The Knife of Never Letting Go). Both in first person; neither is romance-focused. (Chaos Walking may be a bit hard to get into; I've only read the first book so far and it took me a while to get used to the narrative style but I've been assured it's very much worth the effort.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 1:12:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2012 1:13:29 AM PDT
Thanks for the recommendations!

I saw Divergent & Insurgent, right after I posted earlier and they looked interesting... I downloaded a sample earlier, so I'm glad to hear a recommendation for it!
I had not heard of the Chaos Walking trilogy, so I'll have to check those out as well!

I also stumbled across these...
- Legend & Prodigy by Marie Lu
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
- The Scourge by A G Henley
- The Burn by Annie Oldham

Has anyone read these, and maybe provide any opinions or recommendations?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 2:01:18 AM PDT
Kribu says:
I've read the first three out of those and didn't much care for any of them - they all sounded good on paper but were far too romance-focused for my taste. Article 5 was a particular disappointment.

Angelfall by Susan Ee might be worth a look - it's self-published, but I'd easily consider it on par with most traditionally published paranormal Young Adult fiction.

I'm having a hard time remembering others I've enjoyed that have been in first person...

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 10:01:07 AM PDT
I'll second the rec for Angelfall, it's phenomenal!

Also check out Gregor the Underlander
Hex Hall
Tinker by Wen Spencer (the cover is strange)
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 10:33:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2012 10:34:07 AM PDT
Kribu says:
I'm pretty sure Gregor the Overlander is written in third person, not first person, though...

I enjoyed both Hex Hall and the Frost series but they may be a little too romance-y - hard to say; they're somewhere in-between, I suppose. There's definitely quite a bit of angsting over hot boys going on in both, though - it's not the focus of either series, but there's definitely a lot more of that going on than in Percy Jackson or Hunger Games (or at least the first Lorien Legacy book that I've read).

Most first person YA books/series that I can think of seem to be more in the "girl-oriented" corner of the YA fiction market - which I assume isn't a problem as such, but it does tend to mean a lot of them are also pretty romance-focused!

Trying to think of some more... if you're not averse to vampires, then Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy is a pretty decent series - there is some romance, but not on the "typical" girl-vampire book level, i.e. it's nowhere near the main plot. It's a bit more politics than action though, perhaps.

Oh - if you don't mind some grimness (if you enjoyed the Hunger Games, then some grimness is probably okay?), then the Tomorrow series by John Marsden (starting with Tomorrow, When the War Began) is first-person, and there's quite a bit of action throughout the entire series. Also grimness but of a different kind, first person with a male narrator, is Ashfall by Mike Mullin (first book in a ... trilogy, I think, but second book isn't out yet).

The Dresden Files may also be worth a look; it's an adult series, but as far as I know, not in a particularly "racy" way.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 2:03:19 PM PDT
darn, I didn't realize that, we listened to the Audio versions of Gregor and it sounded so personal that I just assumed.

The Paladin Prophecy is pretty similar to The Lorien series, it doesn't come out until September

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 4:57:38 PM PDT
UCB says:
I wasn't able to finish Legend, it was that bad. I did REALLY like the Chaos Walking books.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 6:11:32 PM PDT
You guys are Awesome!!

Thanks for all the feedback!!!

Is the Eragon book better than the movie? (Well, I know, aren't they usually?!? But, I mean relatively speaking)
I couldn't stay awake through the Eragon movie...
I fell asleep in the theater 2 or 3 times, then woke up and there was a dragon and the movie ended a few minutes later. At least that's how I remember it ;-)

I realize that The Maze Runner is third person, but it seems to keep popping up related to Lorien Legacies, and Hunger Games... and it's mentioned in the description of Paladin Prophecy.
Does anyone have any feedback on the Maze Runner series?

Maybe I should start checking into audio books as well ;-)

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 7:58:41 PM PDT
UCB says:
I thought Eragon the book was horrible. I couldn't read it because the writing style was so choppy with short sentences and repetitive words. I also fell asleep in the movie! :D

I like the Maze Runner books so far. (I've read the first 2) And if we're talking 3rd person books that truly can capture your attention, look at Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 1) by DM Cornish. One of the most amazing series I've ever read.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 8:22:18 PM PDT
Eragon was much better than the movie, I was almost halfway through the movie and thought, 'I think this is based on another boy meets dragon book because this story is pretty horrible.'

Def check out audio books; some books I've really liked on audio;

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Eragon by Paolini
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
Enclave by Anne Aguirre
White Cat by Holly Black
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Ready Player One by ernest Cline
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 10:46:11 PM PDT
Kribu says:
I was really bored by the first Maze Runner book and haven't read on, for what it's worth. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and didn't really care what happened to them. I know others have really liked them, though.

Seconding Enclave by Ann Aguirre - I just realised that was in first person, too.

(If you do decide to give third person narrated books a go, I'm seconding Skulduggery Pleasant *so* hard. Also, Gone series by Michael Grant; Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz; H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden; Uglies and Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld; Unwind by Neal Shusterman.)

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 1:39:25 AM PDT
The Gone series definitely looks interesting!
I'll have to check it out for sure!
I like the Choose Your Own video on his website:

I do want to eventually read more third person books as well, so feel free to suggest them as well, so long as they are action packed & attention grabbing :-)

I bought the Harry Potter hard cover collectors chest series a few years ago, but have yet to get around to read them.
Now that they are available on the Kindle lending library, I want to try to at least read the first book sometime in the next week or two, so I can maximize my use of my Prime account... lol
The way that has worked out for me so far is I got Hunger Games through the lending library, read the first chapter, then immediately bought all 3 books (even though I still had the first one checked out) and spent a weekend reading them all... Apparently I'm not very good at the whole lending library thing :-P

I'm sure when I do finally read the Potter books (past the first chapter, at least ;-), I'll most likely go on a 3rd person kick for a while, but I'm really enjoying the 1st person books for the time being.
If there are any third person stories similar to any of the books listed so far, please don't hesitate to list them as well.

I'm still reading through the Lorien Legacies sets of books at the moment.
A new Lost Files (The Fallen Legacies) appeared on my Kindle carousel earlier this evening.
I can't hardly wait for the third full book (Rise of Nine) to arrive next month! :-P

BTW, if anyone is interested, the first 2 chapters of Rise of Nine are included at the end of The Fallen Legacies.
The first is a Six POV chapter, and the second is a Four POV chapter.

Has anyone read the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson?
They appear to be in first person, and the first couple of pages really did fly (as stated by the publisher) when I used Look Inside.

Reading the summary reminds me a lot of the Dark Angel TV series...
Female lead main character named Max, escaped from a government facility with genetically altered DNA, but ironically using Bird DNA rather than Cat DNA ;-)
And both creators' names happen to be James (Patterson & Cameron)
Though, to be fair, I suppose they were both probably heavily inspired by Patterson's earlier novels: When the Wind Blows and The Lake House

Looks like there are 8 books in the series...
1 The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1)
2 School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, Book 2)
3 Saving the World (Maximum Ride, Book 3)
4 The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel
5 MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel
6 Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel
7 Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel
8 Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure

I read a few of the reviews...
The first book looks like fun, but the second looks more mixed, at least review wise... Any opinions?

Thanks again for all of the awesome feedback!!!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 2:46:56 AM PDT
Kribu says:
I've read the first... three or four Maximum Ride books. They're definitely fast-paced, action-packed reads, very easy to read. I just sort of ... realised some books into the series that things were getting a bit too ridiculous for me and the "messages" were getting a bit too heavy-handed, so I didn't really feel like reading on, but yeah, it may well be worth a try - at least the first book, and then you can just take it one book at a time.

Also, I think I'm just a bit too old for some things - Maximum Ride is one of those series that might have worked better for me when I was 25 years younger. :D

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:30:39 AM PDT
I think I'll try the Maximum Ride series on my 12 Yr old, if its as fast paced as everyone says, he might really enjoy them, tho' he's reluctant to read books with female MC's.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:13:46 AM PDT
I had wondered about those messages, after reading the Wikipedia description of the books...

"In the first three books of the series, the Flock spends much of their time running from human-lupine hybrids (called Erasers) created by the School;
Book 4 is mainly about the Flock rising against global warming;
Book 5 is about saving Dr. Martinez while battling environmental pollution;
Book 6 is about rescuing Fang;
and Book 7 is about stopping the Doomsday Group from destroying the world's population of non-mutated humans.
The books are divided into two sets: The Fugitives (books 1-3) and The Protectors (books 4-7)."

I was wondering about books 4 & 5 particularly...
Going from being on the run to battling Global Warming & Environmental Pollution seemed like it might be a jarring transition. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:23:10 AM PDT
Kribu says:
Yeah, I think it was after book four that I stopped - and I'm a person who by and large supports those messages. But the way it was handled in that book was just way too heavy for me.
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