If you’ve devoured both seasons of Stranger Things and need something else to keep you up late at night, we’ve totally got you covered. Here are some amazing books that can fill the Demogorgon-sized hole in your life.
1. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
Science can explain the unique circumstances of her birth (parthenogenesis, or a virgin birth), but Elena is pretty sure there isn’t any logical evidence behind her ability to heal her crush’s gunshot wound. Especially when the shooter is sucked up into the sky minutes later. As more people begin to disappear, Elena starts to believe that the world is about to end, and she’s the only one who can do something about it.
2. Feeder by Patrick Weekes
Demogorgons are terrifying, but so are interdimensional angler fish, as alien hunter Lori Fisher learns when the monster she thought was helping her, might be hunting her instead. And for fear that the wrath of a disgruntled client will jeopardize her little brother’s safety, she teams up with a crew of mutant teens whose powers might be what keep her from being hunted.
3. The Program by Suzanne Young
This is Thirteen Reasons Why meets Stranger Things—a dystopic thriller where two teens in love are attempting to avoid The Program, a system that removes memories in a world where teen suicide is an epidemic. It’s suspenseful, touching, and the love between Sloane and James spans five books with the sixth installment, The Complication, due this spring.
4. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Six teenagers with extraordinary abilities, were grudgingly rescuing one of their own from a bank robbery gone wrong. But their plans go awry, and they must rely on more than just their powers to save themselves. And don’t forget to check out the sequels, Swarm and Nexus (available as an extended excerpt until March 6)!
5. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Nemesis and Eleven have a lot in common—conditioned from birth to be an extraordinary fighting tool for the government’s elite, breaking free of those expectations in the hopes of having a normal life, and protecting those they have learned to love.