In “Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms”, “Gamora arrives on Torndune—a once-lush planet that has been strip-mined for the power source beneath its surface—with a mission: collect the heart of the planet. She doesn’t know who sent her, why they want it, or even what the heart of a planet looks like. But as the right hand and daughter of Thanos, and one of the galaxy’s most legendary warriors, her job is not to ask questions. Her job is to do what she’s told, no matter the cost. What she doesn’t know is that her sister, Nebula, is in hot pursuit”.
If you know someone who loves Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) or Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017), loves Nebula from those movies, or loves a complicated sister dynamic, then this is the book for them! And remember–just because a book is classified as a young adult book doesn’t mean that full-fledged adults can’t enjoy it too. This is especially true for stories set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The intergalactic setting in this book also would make it fun for anyone who likes Captain Marvel, Star Trek, Wonder Woman, Ironman, Thor: Ragnarok (2017) or the Infinity Gauntlet storyline in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
If you’re shopping for a Spider-Man fan, then he or she might like “Miles Morales: Shock Waves”!
This book is typically middle-grade, but it could still be a good read for a young adult. According to the summary from Marvel.com, “Miles Morales is a normal school kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Mile’s fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?”
If you loved the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) or felt a connection to Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), then you might want to read this companion to the series!
The next book is another middle grade adventure, and it’s a great choice for any girls who loved Princess Shuri in the Marvel Studios movie Black Panther (2018). The summary reads as follows: “With the heart shaped herb thriving, a group of Wakanda’s finest engineers working on expanding her dome technology, and the borders more fortified than they’ve ever been before, Princess Shuri can finally focus on what matters most: her training. But before she can get started, a bigger problem rears its head. The princess hears whispers of exceptionally talented young girls across the world going missing”. Shuri sets out on a mission to find the girls, including “a young environmental scientist in Kenya” and “a French physics prodigy”.
Fans of the adventure series “Lionboy” by Zizou Corder or this new underwater adventure might particularly like this book! We’re guessing that fans of independent and capable women like Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, or female characters from any of the Star Wars movies will also be drawn to Princess Shuri’s story! The same goes for anyone who loved Black Panther, loved T’Challa, or found Wakana to be an intriguing setting.
Do you know anyone who would like to read these Marvel-inspired stories? If you’re looking for a book that would suit a smaller child, check out the rest of the guide for ideas!