Here at Penguin Teen, we are constantly inspired by all of the badass ladies that we love to read about. From the deserts of Miraji to the arenas of ancient Rome; the streets of futuristic America to the skies of outer space, we have a whole host of fierce women to choose from when we want to feel inspired, empowered, and ready to tackle whatever’s ahead of us. Read on for some of our faves!
Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn
When the young Caliph of her land has Shazi’s best friend executed, she’ll stop at nothing to seek revenge – but she’s also capable of opening her heart when things aren’t what they seem.
Laia from An Ember in the Ashes
In a brutal world where a step out of line could mean the end of your life, Laia doesn’t hesitate to risk everything to save her family.
Amani from Rebel of the Sands
Amani comes from a history of oppression, but the fire in her heart will lead her to join causes much bigger than herself in the desert nation of Miraji.
Cassie from The 5th Wave
Even when most of the earth has been destroyed by five waves of destruction from aliens, Cassie will fight to find her brother.
Adelina from The Young Elites
Though her methods might sometimes be questionable, super-powerful Adelina is one of the most fascinating heroines we’ve ever met. Her passion and her fury have no bounds.
Tina from City of Saints and Thieves
Tina’s working as a master thief in the city’s local gang while seeking vengeance on her mother’s killer, as one does.
Rhee from Empress of a Thousand Skies
The lone survivor of her family, Rhee is hell-bent on avenging them and claiming her rightful throne.
Fallon from The Valiant
Training in an elite school for female gladiators, owned by none other than Julius Caesar, The Vaiant follows Fallon’s journey from Celtic princess to legendary gladiator.
June from Legend
Living in dystopian America, June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles, seeking vengeance for her brother’s death.
Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club series
When one of Lady Helen’s housemaid’s disappears, she takes it upon herself to delve deep into the shadows of Regency London. Between the demons that linger there and the infamous Lord Carlston, it’s going to take a great deal of grit to succeed.
Looking for more recommendations? Check out these 9 dystopian novels to read after finishing 1984!