The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson is the first in a series. Jenna wakes up from a coma with no memory of what has happened to her. A terrible accident changed her life, and as she begins to remember some of the details, she also begins to question why she is still here. Where are her memories coming from? Why does she seem to be super intelligent, but can't remember she ever had a best friend? What would happen if the world found out the truth that her parents are desperate to keep hidden? This is a story that will make you think about the possibilities of medical research.
Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy challenges the idea of how wars get started. How does that first shot get fired that causes two factions to start systematic destruction? Do we really understand who the enemy is? What makes them the enemy? Can opposing factions come together to create a better world? Our protagonists work through loyalties and levels of trust as they learn the truth behind both sides.
Recent news stories reported lead in the drinking water in Michigan. Stories like this make the next book all the more real. Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci is way too close to the actual news stories. Only this time it is much worse, because it is causing death and it is more than just poor quality monitoring. It is terrorism. How are a bunch of teens supposed to prove that the water is killing people? This might make you think about your own water supply.
Well, a good conspiracy is always fun reading.