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? (see some Readalikes)
- Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia is excited to receive her government-assigned marriage Match. But when a glitch in the system assigns shows her two potential matches—her best friend, Xander, and the social outcast, Ky, she begins to doubt the perfect wisdom of the Society.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When boys end up in the Glade, they have no memory of who they are or how they got there. To survive they must lock themselves off from the attack of the half-human, half-machine monsters that prowl at night and try to crack the Maze, before it’s too late.
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Rhine’s world is infected by a virus that causes all women to die at age 20 and all men to die at age 25. When she is kidnapped at age 16 and married to 20-year-old Linden, Rhine must fight desperately for her freedom.
- 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.
- Z by Michael Thomas Ford
The zombie plague ended fifteen years ago, and now all of the zombies are trapped in the video game world. But when Josh gets mixed up in a live-action gaming society he begins to suspect that the zombies in real life are not just a game.
- 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.
- Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Jake Durango must defend a colony of space miners on Mars from the vicious attack of the Drau, aliens who feast on human flesh.
- 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 Blending Time by Michael P. Kinch
By mandate of the Global Government of the late 21st century, seventeen-year-olds Jaym, Reya, and D’Shay have been sent to Africa to mate with a population which was sterilized by a solar flare. Once they arrive, civil war separates them and they must fight for their lives.
- Stuck On Earth by David Klass
Ketchvar the alien inhabits the body of fourteen-year-old Tom in order to observe the human race and decide whether or not to destroy them.
- 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?
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The disease of “love” has finally been isolated and as soon as she turns eighteen, Lena can have the operation that will prevent her from contracting it. But 95 days before her birthday, the unthinkable happens: Lena falls in love, and she is no longer sure she wants the cure.
- Epitaph Road by David Patneaude
It is the year 2097 and a plague has wiped out 97% of the male population on Earth. When Kellen learns that the virus was caused by the women in power, he joins his father in an underground movement to overthrow the corrupt government.
- 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.
- Virals by Kathy Reichs
Tory Brennan has always looked up to her aunt Temperance, the respected forensic anthropologist (of the “Bones” series). But when exposure to a strange virus gives Tory and her friends special powers, they decide to investigate a cold murder case themselves.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
Everyone in Tris’s society is divided into five factions, each devoted to a specific virtue. Although Tris is born into the service faction of “Abegnation,” when she turns sixteen she has the chance to win her way into the reckless, fearless “Dauntless” faction. But as her initiation continues, Tris begins to wonder if she will ever truly belong.
- TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
Liam, Maddy, and Sal were each rescued moments before a certain death to become TimeRiders, agents who protect the world from disasters caused by reckless time travelers. When a villain changes the outcome of WWII, the three teens must travel back to 9/10/2001 to correct history and protect the world from a horrifying future.
- 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.
- Num8ers by Rachel Ward
Jem has a problem: when she looks at people, she sees the date they will die. When she and her friend Spider are in the wrong place at the time of a terrorist attack, they find themselves on the run from the police, and Jem knows that Spider’s death date is steadily approaching. Followed by THE CHAOS.
- 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?
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In this alternate history of WWI, the son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand escapes after his father’s assassination in a steam-powered war machine. Meanwhile a girl named Derwyn disguises herself as a boy and serves on a genetically engineered Allied ship. They must join forces to survive.