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The Best First Books in Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and YA Series

Too intimidated to start that massive sci-fi or fantasy series everyone's talking about? Don't sweat it, just read the first one. These are the books that led to sprawling, epic series but honestly work pretty well as standalone works as well.
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2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave
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Alanna: The First Adventure
Alanna: The First Adventure
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
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Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
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Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
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Assassin's Apprentice
Assassin's Apprentice
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Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia)
Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia)
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The Blade Itself
The Blade Itself
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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
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Cinder
Cinder
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City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
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Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Angel
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The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic
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Consider Phlebas
Consider Phlebas
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A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab)
A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab)
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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Delirium
Delirium
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Divergent
Divergent
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21
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
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Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider
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Dragonflight
Dragonflight
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Dune
Dune
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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
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Eragon
Eragon
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The Eye of the World
The Eye of the World
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The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)
The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)
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Foundation
Foundation
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A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones
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Gardens of the Moon
Gardens of the Moon
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The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
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33
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
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Graceling
Graceling
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The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
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The Hobbit
The Hobbit
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Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
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The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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