2. Pierce Brown • Red Rising
This young author has the looks and the brains. And did we mention he’s only 26? Red Rising, book one of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy is a New York Times Bestseller. The trilogy is being called the next Hunger Games by fans and critics alike. A major difference from all the other dystopian novels out there? It’s set on Mars and tells the story of a slave living below the surface of the planet while an elitist class enjoys a luxurious life built on lies and betrayal. Intrigued? Us too.

3. Téa Obreht • The Tiger’s Wife
Obreht, only 25 when she wrote The Tiger’s Wife (she is now 28), isn’t the only young talent behind this book. Her editor and her agent are also both under 30. Talk about a dream team of up-and-comers. The book is about a young physician in an unnamed Balkan country in the aftermath of a civil war as she tries to unravel the mystery behind her grandfather’s death.