Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Top 5 teen action/adventure series

List by Danielle with help from Jolene, Debra, Richy, Tosca and numerous MANIX reviewers

'I wanted to keep turning the pages after the book had finished.'
~ Omkar, MANIX Teen Reading Challenge

Firstly, there were plenty of awesome candidates for this list, and there are some highly recommended edge-of-your-seat series we'd like to give honourable mentions:

We'd also like to draw your attention to two excellent but less well-known action series; The guild of specialists, by Joshua Mowll, and Chris Morphew's Phoenix Files.

And if you're looking for an injection of knuckle-whitening, page-turning action and adventure, look no further!



Tomorrow series / John Marsden
Begins with: Book 1, Tomorrow, when the war began (1993)
Finishes with: Book 7, The other side of dawn (1999)
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.

MANIX readers said:
'...the suspense building up to this point was done well by the author as he captured your attention because you didn't want to put the book down until you found out what had happened.' (re 'Tomorrow, when the war began')
'I didn't know what was gonna happen if they were gonna fail or will it be a success?' (re 'Tomorrow, when the war began')
'...this book made me feel worried and like I really needed to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.' (re 'Tomorrow, when the war began')
'Although they are fiction, it sounds so real as if something like this actually happened.' (re 'Burning for revenge')
'I enjoyed telling people about the story and have only come across one person so far who doesn't like reading this book. It offers a mixture of drama, action, romance and makes the whole book so hard to put down.' (re 'Darkness, be my friend')
'Marsden described all their feelings and personalities so well, you feel as though you know the person them-self.' (re 'Darkness, be my friend')

Alpha Force / Chris Ryan
Begins with: Book 1, Survival (2002)
Most recent: Book 10, Untouchable (2005)
This thriller challenges five children to survive after they are marooned on a desert island. They must face killer komodo dragons, sharks and modern-day pirates.

Chris Ryan's site includes online games, video interviews with the author, wallpapers and survival tips.

MANIX readers said:
'It was very hard for me to take my eyes off the page when I had to stop reading. I felt excited and and also as if I was there watching the whole time.' (re 'Survival')
'...the way he wrote the book was just amazing it always kept me wandering what team alpha was going to do next.' (re 'Untouchable')
'...it was just awesome one of the best books i've read.' (re 'Survival')


Conspiracy 365 / Gabrielle Lord
Begins with: January (2009)
Currently up to: August (2010) - newly received
Planned to take place over12 fast-paced instalments, this is the suspenseful story of a young man thrust into the fight of his life. He races against time and ruthless criminals in pursuit of the truth about the mysterious death of his father and the key to a history-changing secret.

You can go into the draw to win an iPod Shuffle by becoming a member at the official Conspiracy 365 site (closes August 31) - there are 365 different prizes to win throughout 2010, plus sneak peeks and online games.

MANIX readers said:
'...it makes you feel like you're actually on the run with him.' (re 'June')
'I really enjoyed reading this book because it always had me on the edge of my seat... I got really excited when something out of the blue happened because you would never know what is going to happen next.' (re 'January')
'I really want to read the next book now! I really enjoyed reading this book because it was really interesting and when I wasn't reading the book I would think of where I was up to...' (re 'February')

Alex Rider / Anthony Horowitz
Begins with: Book 1, Stormbreaker (2000)
Currently up to: Book 8, Crocodile tears (2009)
Meet Alex Rider, the reluctant teenage spy. When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to superspy. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercies. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission...

Competitions and downloads galore at the official Alex Rider site, including a free 10th anniversary fan pack with screensavers, skins and buddy icons.

MANIX readers said:
'...the fight scenes were pretty spectacular. Also the good story which kept me guessing...' (re 'Ark Angel')
'...heart beating excitement...' (re 'Point Blanc')
'I would recommend it to young adults that are looking for a good action book YOULL GET A REAL KICK OUT OF IT' (re 'Stormbreaker')

CHERUB / Robert Muchamore
Begins with: Book 1, The recruit (2004).
Currently up to: Book 12, Shadow Wave (2010) - on order.
A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB. CHERUB is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids live in the real world. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

Visit the online CHERUB campus for preview chapters of Shadow Wave, bonus stories, outtakes and more.

MANIX readers said:
'...this story is action-packed and explosion, causing you to sit on the edge of your seat.' (re 'The recruit')
'...it is an exciting adventure of a boy who has a bad start in life but this story twists and turns and we never will see things coming.' (re 'The recruit')
'This book made me want to read forever and wish the story didn't finish. It was exciting and breath-taking. It was AWESOME!' (re 'The recruit')
'...it combines all the elements of the books I love like action, drama, humour and maturity.' (re 'The fall')
'I loved reading this book and I read it in two days. I wanted to keep turning the pages after the book had finished.' (re Class A')

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