I don’t want to spend time on books people already know suck, so as a measurement let’s look to Goodreads and their four-star rating, which Unwind readily manages so we’re not exactly talking high standards here. You can recommend a book with a rating under that, but you have to make a case for why the book’s noteworthy in its failure.
Also, books that aren’t Book One of X are preferred. The current trilogy+ situation takes forever.
I’m not doing Mortal Instruments or anything else by the author because she’s a plagiarist.
The Scorpio Races:
I remember it being sort of like a deconstruction of manic pixie dreamgirl, with a guy narrator I hated.
Left Hand of Darkness:
Old and famous novel by Ursula Le Guin. Considered feminist lit.
“Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas (later named the FAYZ) are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. ”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
“The main protagonist is a ginormous Sue (Her name is Karou, her blue hair grows out of her head that colour [Incidentally, the author has bright pink hair, which, I’m sure, isn’t natural], she is an artsy art student in Prague despite not being Czeck, she is omg!beautiful and omg!talented and everyone envies ehr artistic skills, she travels around the world on mysterious errands for teeth for her father figure Brimstone, a chimaera, because she is also an orphan…)”
Sequel to Creatures and part of a four-book series, I guess the author couldn’t fit all the lack of worldbuilding into just one.
Sequel, naturally, to Eon.
Final Matched book, apparently sucks less than the others, but that’s not necessarily saying much.
Sequel to Divergent.
Children of the Dragon (Exalted):
Something something mermaids?
“it’s a teen book about a gay boy that ISNT all about his sexuality. My hopes were promptly dashed when I realized the main character is a Sparkley Sue with no real personality except Upstanding Moral Citizen, all the females were horrible, the love triangle made no sense and I STILL have no idea how big the world is because they apparently have the people to just throw them away willy nilly by the hundreds yet all the citizens fit into one stadium.”
“It’s got a strong female character, a well crafted and not overly bleak dystopian world, and the plot moves along at a good pace.
But then after that I think it completely goes off the rails- it seems like the author painted himself into a corner, plotwise, and just couldn’t get himself out of it”
Throne of Glass
“Sociopathic super assassin mary-sue main character, a nonsensical plot which is ignored half the time in favour of relationship drama, massive failures in research and basic logic.”
“In a society where you take a test at the age of ten that determines your intelligence (or something), a girl’s cop (or military-can’t really remember which) gets killed by a teen fugitive. Said girl, who’s some kind of prodigy (though it’s never really made clear), has to hunt down the teen fugitive rebel guy. And, yes, they fall in love.”
Part of the beloved YA canon along with Wither, apparently?