The Spy Thriller
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré (1963) is the quintessential espionage thriller. Set during the Cold War, this rich tale still captivates with its spellbinding portrayal of the world of secret agents. And don’t miss: any of Daniel Silva’s novels featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and former Israeli assassin. The most recent, The English Girl, came out in 2012. Make sure you don’t miss these 13 other thriller novels you need to read right now!
The Techno Thriller
Ian Fleming started it all with James Bond and his arsenal of clever gadgets, some not so far-fetched anymore. The best Bond book? From Russia with Love (1957). But 1950s James Bond could never have imagined the dizzyingly high-tech world we live in now, or the questions that would arise about online identity and surveillance. For a 2013 seat-of-your-chair thriller that’ll make you think about where we could be headed, read Dave Eggers’ The Circle. Here are the 10 surprising books every teen should read before they graduate high school.