Have you ever heard of the alignment system? If not, that’s ok! I’m here to give you a quick explanation.
The Alignment system is used in storytelling to explain a character’s ethical and moral views. It’s really useful for helping to create character identities. So we decided to see if it could be used to categorize the identities of books! So, without much further ado, let’s find out!
Books to Read Based on Where They Fall on the Alignment System
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
A Lawful Good person has a really strong moral compass. When they see injustices, they need to fight it. They’re also incredibly truthful and willing to help those in need. Zayneb in Love From A to Z definitely falls into this category. In fact her need to speak out against her Islamophobic teacher is what gets her suspended. Which leads her to starting her spring break trip early and meeting Adam. Maybe her need to tell the truth might just help him to tell his father about his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Someone who is Neutral Good is devoted to helping others, but they also believe in regulation. They believe in doing what’s right for the greater good even if it means pushing the boundaries of the laws. The world in which the story of Scythe takes place is definitely neutral good. There is complete order. There is no hunger, disease, war, or misery. But in order to maintain this world the Scythes were created for population control, I think it’s safe to say that killing for the betterment of the whole would definitely be considered pushing the boundaries of the laws.
Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
People who are Chaotic Good have a really strong moral compass but are also super individualistic. They’re not big fans of rules and give little thought to what is expected of them. What drives them is what they believe is right and good. Maren is the reluctant hero of Shatter the Sky. At the beginning she dreams only of settling down with her girlfriend, Kaia, but that all changes when Kaia is abducted. Maren isn’t much of a rule follower, so in order to do what’s right to get back her girlfriend, she goes undercover as an apprentice to steal one of the Emperor’s coveted dragons.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Neat, methodical, precise. Those are just a few words to describe Stella. Oh! Woops! I meant to say Lawful Neutral characters. Stella in Five Feet Apart is all about order and organization and just hates chaos. She has a chart and to-do list for it seems like everything. Lawful neutral characters hate chaos, so it only makes sense that she’d offer to organize Will’s charts.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Someone who is True Neutral does what sounds like a good idea, they’re self-reliant, fair, and maybe a bit indifferent to other people. Honestly this is probably the most normal of all the alignments and the one the most people fall into. Pablo definitely does. He’s just a normal guy, working in a bodega (avoiding all his credit card bills but lets not think about that) when pop star Leanna Smart walks in at 4 am and a whirlwind romance begins!
How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates
A Chaotic Neutral character is unpredictable and follows whatever whim tickles their fancy at any given moment. They’re also very individualistic, so a book filled with zombie-esque characters is definitely packed full of some of these. And I know you’re sitting there thinking “ummm no, a zombie is just pure evil” well these zombies also like ice cream so they can’t be THAT evil, right?
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller
Someone who can be categorized as Lawful Evil, likes hierarchy and order. They tend to have a very strong moral code while also taking what they want. For instance Father Carden from Cursed is definitely a lawful evil character. Throughout the book he kills and gains power all in the name of religion. His belief that he is doing what is right and morally good is one of the most terrifying aspects of his character. Also the fact that he never seems to be the one actually doing the killing and just has others do it for him, just makes him more scary.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Ok, honestly this one scares me the most. Neutral Evil is evil for evil’s sake. They have no morals and almost zero variation. Neutral Evil characters look out for themselves and will do what ever they can get away with. I don’t know about you but I’d say a book inspired by Vlad the Impaler would fall into this category. Ok maybe not the book, but the villain definitely does!
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Chaotic Evil personalities love greed, destruction and ooze hatred. They’re hot-tempered, vicious, and just all-around unpredictable. Chaotic Evil personalities are frequently called demonic because, lets face it, most demons fall into this category. So what better book to read than one packed full of demons as well as a demon-worshipping cult.