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Top 10 Books if You Like X-Men

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A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

I'm a '90's kid, which means I've seen two or three different cartoon adaptations of Marvel's X-Men. I can't tell you how many (badly written) stories those shows inspired. I mean, come on; who doesn't want to imagine a world full of superpowered teens? Actually, now that I'm older, I realize how horrifying that scenario is. But still, everyone likes a story with characters who have strange abilities, right? So, in honor of the new X-men movie coming out:

Top 10 Books if You Like X-Men
(And by "Top 10," I mean the first 10 I thought of. I know there are tons more out there.)
  1. White Cat by Holly Black - The Curse Workers series takes place in an alternate world where a limited set of magical abilities exist and are illegal to use. Which means they're mostly employed by the criminal underworld, so you get the same government oversight and public fear issues.
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - So, technically there's only one "mutation" in the Lunar Chronicles, the bio-electricity mind control thing, but it's still a tale of the few good "mutants" versus the bad with the government after them and the world afraid.
  3. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - There are no actual superpowers, but it is about a teen of special teenagers operating in the shadows to protect a world that doesn't understand them. ;)
  4. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake - Greek gods and reborn figures from Greek myth, but still teenagers (or gods in teenage bodies) with attitude! Oh wait, that's Power Rangers...
  5. Written in Red by Anne Bishop - An alternate western hemisphere full of dangerous shape-shifters and cutters who see the future. Again, not quite X-Men, but strange powers, atmosphere of fear and distrust, etc.
  6. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown - Only one kind of power, but it's shaping up to have two groups, one good and one bad - both operating in the shadows.
  7. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - Again, only one power (ghost-seeing), at least until the very end, but another group of teenagers out to save a world that doesn't know they exist. But this group has government funding!
  8. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan - Okay, so Percy Jackson is a little more Harry Potter than X-Men...maybe a lot more, but superpowered teens saving the world from dangers it doesn't know exists. Yep, sounds like X-Men to me.
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Graces? Mutant powers. Just in a more medieval, fantasy-type world
  10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson - Another magic system, but it's genetic and, with a few exceptions, only allows one power per person.
Check back tomorrow for this week's updates!

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  1. Love it! Have you read Control? I hear that it is very x-men-y with the whole mutations thing ;-)

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    1. Not yet, but I know it's on my to-read list! It should be interesting to read another x-men-y book that leans a little more toward sci-fi than fantasy. :)

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