5 Young Adult Survival Novels

5 Young Adult Survival Novels

Survival stories cover a wide range of topics. They could focus on a school trip gone wrong, a plane crash in the Amazon, or winning over your kidnappers. In these five novels, the characters must overcome the odds stacked against them in order to make it out alive. Dive into the high-stakes reality of survival!

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One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

Murder, justice, and revenge were not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful. But when four girls find themselves lost in the woods, their supplies destroyed, and hunted by a killer, Sera has to take on a lot more than she had anticipated.

The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer

Danielle “Danny” Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is angrily taken away to a wilderness therapy camp. Though she quickly realizes that angry can’t put up a tent or start a fire. In order to make it out of this place, Wren is going to have to develop new skills and admit she needs help if she has any hope of survival.

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Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks

Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her. So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school and debunk her foolish stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world. When disaster strikes, none of their extensive preparations seem to matter. Now Adrienne’s being held captive by the family she was convinced didn’t exist, and her best hope for escape is to act like she cares about them, even if it means wooing the youngest son.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as time passes, the group’s fate becomes less determined by the zombies beyond the barriers and more by the unpredictable, and growing violent, people inside.

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