Sekret, by Lindsay SmithRead about another entry on the list.
The first book of a duology, Sekret transports us to more recent history: Cold War Russia, 1963. The KGB is recruiting youths with wide-ranging mind-reading capabilities to form a powerful psychic espionage unit. Yulia is swept up in this state-sponsored privacy invasion, and she can see how easily it could destroy her. How do you trust anyone when your mind has been turned into a weapon? Yulia and her fellow psychic corps members will have to learn fast in this methodically researched and authentically historical take.
Sekret is among Eric Smith's seven top genre-bending historical fiction YA books and Dahlia Adler's top eight internationally set YA novels.