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The (Literally) Biggest YA Novels of the Year

The days of the sub-200-page YA book have been vanquished. Formidable cement bunker–sized books are what everyone’s reading these days, and why not? Lengthy books provide an antidote to screen-scrolling, app-switching, notification-chiming sort of reading. As a bonus, they protect you from unexpected machete attack. So let’s run through this year’s 10 biggest YA behemoths, from sickly little 500-pagers to pushing-800-page great white whales.


crooked56010. Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo. 560 pages.

That’s not a novel, Ms. Bardugo. That’s a parking ticket!


front-lines9. Front Lines, by Michael Grant. 576 pages.

“Front” indeed—where’s the rest of it? (Oh yeah, there’s a giant-sized sequel.)



moon-chosen_final8. Moon Chosen, by P. C. Cast. 608 pages.

One of the smaller moons, yes, but moon-sized for sure.




court-of-mist-and-fury7. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. 640 pages.

Takes quite a whopper to fit in a court, and mist, and fury.






gemina-and-shadowhunter6 & 5. Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
672 pages. 

Tales from Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare and others. 672 pages.

Two series that keep on going. . . and growing.





beauty-of-darkness4. The Beauty of Darkness, by Mary E. Pearson. 688 pages.

The Remnant Chronicles ends, and we’re finally pretty sure there aren’t any more remnants.







empire-of-storms3. Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas. 704 pages.

That’s 1,344 pages from Maas on this list. Good gravy.









lady-midnight2. Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. 720 pages.

And it’s not even Clare’s longest! (That’s City of Heavenly Fire at 752 pages.)










front-cover-zebulon-finch-21. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 2: Empire Decayed, by Daniel Kraus. 784 pages.

Who is the brilliant madman behind this veritable skyscraper of printed paper?! I tip my hat to him.












About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1. I am small town Indiana librarian and we are adding all of these to our YA fiction collection. The Maas books and the Bardugo book are amazing. I have yet to read a few of the others but hope to get to most of them in 2017.

  2. Bill Ott says:

    Yes, Kraus is clearly a madman. But the book is just plain brilliant.

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