Science Fiction (Young Adult)
Try these new(ish) sci-fi titles for teens!
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Since Global Warming deteriorated the Earth, Nailer is forced to collect scrap metal from abandoned oil tankards to make his living. But when he chooses to rescue a young woman from a shipwreck instead of stripping its wealth, he winds up on a dangerous adventure that will change his life.
- Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Can Mara lead her people from the the floods of their homeland to the unknown sky cities?
- The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan
A young thief stumbles upon a government agency which spies on terrorists through out of body experiences.
- Airhead by Meg Cabot
Emmerson was a bookworm who knew nothing about fashion. Guess whose body she gets in a whole-body transplant? Only the world's most famous teen supermodel.
- Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Rigg has an unusual power: the ability to see the pasts of people and animals around him. When his father mysteriously dies, he finds himself on a quest to discover the truth about his family and maybe save his planet.
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is chosen for the yearly televised gladiator struggle to the death. Can she survive and overthrow the dictatorship?
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
High school hacker Marcus turns his free gaming system into X-net to fight the excesses of Homeland Security after the bombing of the Bay Bridge.
- Truancy by Isamu Fukui
Tack is torn between joining the students in the Truancy against the super-controlling Mayor, but a Truant kills someone he loves. The author wrote this when he was 15.
- The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Earth Mother is the corporation that makes everything perfect on Honor's island, but it also took away her trouble-maker parents. Can two teens overthrow it?
- Gone by Michael Grant
Everyone over 14 has disappeared and now it's public school kids v. private school, regular v. supernatural.
- Rash by Pete Hautman
Bo's accused of spreading a rash at school and sent to a work in a pizza factory in the tundra. His computer program, Bork, wants to free him, but can Bork be trusted? And does Bo want to go back to his highly-regulated old life?
- The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Children aren't needed when no one dies, but Anna's parents broke the rules. Should she break out of her dorm/prison and find them or keep her head down?
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Noise germ caused all the men and boys to hear each other's thoughts and killed all the women and children. So what is Todd to make of Viola and the secrets his town holds?
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
When Jenna wakes up from a coma, she's not sure if the memories coming back are really hers. Are synthetic bodies and brains really possible?
- Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda's journal describes how her family and town comes together and fall apart when the moon falls out of orbit and life as she knew it ends.
- Larklight by Philip Reeve
A hilarious steampunk adventure with a traveling house, disguised aliens, a plot to kill the universe and a mom who is the universe.
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Teens Connor, Ris, and Lev are traveling the country so they aren't unwound, having the body parts used by others.
- The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa
251 teens are blasted into space after all the adults on earth are killed by comet dust but one stowaway could spell the end of the human race.
- Skinned by Robin Wasserman
Lia is transplanted into a mechanical body.
- Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Phoebe's just goth, but the new kids are "living impaired." Can't they all get along?