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.
10. Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo. 560 pages.
That’s not a novel, Ms. Bardugo. That’s a parking ticket!
8. Moon Chosen, by P. C. Cast. 608 pages.
One of the smaller moons, yes, but moon-sized for sure.
7. 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.
6 & 5. Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Tales from Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare and others. 672 pages.
Two series that keep on going. . . and growing.
4. 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.
3. Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas. 704 pages.
That’s 1,344 pages from Maas on this list. Good gravy.
2. Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. 720 pages.
And it’s not even Clare’s longest! (That’s City of Heavenly Fire at 752 pages.)
1. 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.