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Great Reads for Teens - Science Fiction

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All books shelved in the Teen Corner, alphabetically by author’s last name.

Feed
by M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Landscape with Invisible Hand
by M.T. Anderson
When jobs typically done by humans are replaced with alien technology, Adam's parents have no money for food, clean water, or medicine, forcing Adam and his girlfriend Chloe to get creative.

X-Isle
by Steve Ausgarde
Baz and Ray, survivors of an apocalyptic flood, win places on X-Isle, an island where life is rumored to be better than on the devastated mainland, but they find the island to be a violent place ruled by religious fanatic Preacher John, and they decide they must come up with a weapon to protect themselves from impending danger.

Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Drowned Cities
by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a dark future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities, but their fragile safety is soon threatened and Mahlia will have to risk everything if she is to save Mouse, as he once saved her.
See also:
Tool of War

The Last Free Cat
by Jon Blake
In a future world where only the wealthy can afford to own cats, and only felines bred by the Viafara corporation are legal, Jade finds a beautiful stray cat and risks everything to keep it, aided by her friend Kris.

Ashes
by Ilsa Blick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

Love in the Time of Global Warming
by Francesca Lia Block
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

The Swan Riders
by Erin Bow
Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world. But the new technology is also killing her.

Unremembered
by Jessica Brody
A girl, estimated to be sixteen, awakens with amnesia in the wreckage of a plane crash she should not have survived and taken into foster care, and the only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment.

Honor Among Thieves
by Rachel Caine
A savvy young criminal with an antisocial disorder is recruited to attend the Honors space program and joins a team on a sentient spaceship destined for the far reaches of the galaxy only to discover dangerous secrets hidden among the stars. 

The Knowing
by Sharon Cameron
The underground city of New Canaan is safe from the Forgetting which afflicts Canaan above ground, but in her rigidly controlled and repressive city eighteen-year-old Samara, one of the Knowing, is plagued by her memory of the horrors she has seen and determined to seek answers in the cursed city above--where she will find Beckett Rodriguez and his parents, on a mission from Earth to study the lost colony.

Pathfinder
by Orson Scott Card     
13-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

Etiquette and Espionage
by Gail Carriger
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
See also:
Curtsies and Conspiracies
Waistcoats and Weaponry
Manners and Mutiny

Pawn
by Aimee Carter
Escaping a life of marginalization and misery, Kitty Doe joins the most powerful family in the country, a choice that requires her to assume the identity of the Prime Minister's niece and stop a rebellion that ended her predecessor's life.

Dualed
by Elsie Chapman
West Grayer, who lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt, and only one can survive to adulthood, and faces difficulties after receiving her notice to kill her Alt.

Ink, Iron and Glass
by Gwendolyn Clare
A prodigy in the science of scriptology uses her talents to write new worlds into creation before following her abducted mother into the real world, where she is challenged to recruit the help of a secret society of fellow "mad geniuses" to unveil a dangerous political conspiracy.

Things That Are
by Andrew Clements
Still adjusting to being blind, Alicia must outwit an invisible man who is putting her family and her boyfriend, who was once invisible himself, in danger.

The Conjurer’s Riddle
by Andrea Cremer
After leading her friends to New Orleans, where the resistance against the Empire is based, Charlotte must decide where her loyalties lie. 

The Eye of Minds
by James Dashner     
A debut installment in a series set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorism and extreme gaming finds talented young hacker Michael enlisted by the government to stop a violent fellow hacker who is trapping hostages in nightmarish, brain-damaging virtual reality environments.
See also:
The Rule of Thoughts
The Game of Lives

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner     
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
See also:
The Scorch Trials
The Death Cure
The Fever Code

Perfect Ruin
by Lauren DeStefano
Sixteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives in Internment, a floating city utopia. But when a murder occurs, everything she knows starts to unravel.

Burning Kingdoms
by Lauren DeStefano
After Morgan Stockhour and her friends escape Internment, she discovers that life on the ground is not safer, and that, perhaps, going over the edge has led her to madness.

Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Homeland
by Cory Doctorow
When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumb drive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer's election campaign, are all endangered.

Michael Vey – The Prisoner of Cell 25
by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey, a fourteen-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.

Inhuman
by Kat Falls
Beyond the Titan wall lies the Feral Zone, and the only people who break quarantine and venture there are the "fetches", who are paid exorbitant sums to bring back items that were left behind when the wall went up--but Delaney McEvoy's father is there and she is being forced to find him and bring him back.

The Lord of Opium
by Nancy Farmer
In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patrón, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world.

Your One and Only
by Adrienne Finlay
Jack, the only human in the world, and Alethea-310, a clone who believes she is different from her clone sisters, find themselves drawn together just as a series of attacks threaten to tear them apart.

Incarceron
by Catherine Fisher     
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
See also:
Sapphique

Interworld
by Neil Gaiman           
At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds.

What She Does Next Will Astound You|
by James Goss
Everyone at Coal Hill School has become obsessed with completing exciting dares posted on a strange new website, run by the charismatic vlogger Seraphin. Soon the challenges become more dangerous and competitive, yet even broken arms and fistfights don’t stop the craze for them. And then students start to disappear…

Invictus
by Ryan Graudin
Born outside of time as the son of a time-traveler from the 24th century and a first-century gladiator, Farway takes a position commanding a ship that smuggles valuables from different eras before meeting a mysterious girl with knowledge that places his existence in question.

The Cydonian Pyramid
by Pete Hautman
Tucker Feye and Lah Lia each hurtle through time, relating their stories in alternating viewpoints that converge at crucial moments.

Magisterium
by Jeff Hirsch
In the twenty-second century, Glennora Morgan's father has been working on a project that will allow him to penetrate the Rift border and retrieve Glennora's mother; but now that he has succeeded the Authority is suddenly trying to kill them both, and Glennora and her friend Kevin must flee into the Magisterium to escape them.

These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

A Matter of Days
by Amber Kizer
Placed in charge of her young brother after a devastating pandemic claims their mother's life, 16-year-old Nadia resolves to find safety in their grandfather's survivalist compound across the country, an effort that tests their skills and pits them against desperate fellow survivors.

Epic
by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Adaptation
by Malinda Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.

I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a 15-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
See also:
The Power of Six
The Rise of Nine
The Fall of Five
The Revenge of Seven

Legend
by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day--a famous criminal, and prodigy June--the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
See also:
Prodigy
Champion

Warcross
by Marie Lu
After hacking into the Warcross Championships' opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game's creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

In the After
by Demetria Lunetta
A suspenseful tale set on a post-apocalyptic Earth where nothing is as it seems, 17-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she rescued while scavenging for supplies, struggle to survive in an environment overrun by vicious, predatory alien creatures.

Breaking Sky
by Cori McCarthy
In the year 2048 Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy, but as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. 

Planesrunner
by Ian McDonald         
When fourteen-year-old Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves a mysterious app on Everett's computer giving him access to the Infundibulum --a map of parallel earths--which is being sought by technologically advanced dark powers that Everett must somehow elude while he tries to rescue his father.

The Final Six
by Alexandra Monir
Drafted into the International Space Training Camp to train alongside other elites to establish a human colony on one of Jupiter's moons, a champion swimmer and a science genius become suspicious of the program's actual purpose as their tests grow increasingly more dangerous. 

Ashfall
by Mike Mullin           
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.
See also:
Ashen Winter
Sunrise

On a Clear Day
by Walter Dean Myers
In 2035, Dahlia Grillo, a sixteen-year-old math whiz, joins with six other American teens traveling to England to meet with groups from around the world in hopes of stopping C8, the companies that control nearly everything for their own benefit.

Delirium
by Lauren Oliver       
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.
See also:
Pandemonium
Requiem

Crazy House
by James Patterson
In a future world where teenagers are taken, imprisoned, and forced to fight for their survival, well-behaved Cassie will do whatever it takes to save her rebellious twin sister from Death Row.          

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
by James Patterson   
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
by Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
See also:
The Dead and Gone
This World We Live In

Virals
by Kathy Reichs
Tory Brennan is the leader of a band of teenage 'sci-philes' who live on an island off the coast of South Carolina and when the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
See also:
Seizure

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead
by Lance Rubin
Living in an alternate world where everyone knows the day they will die, Denton Little survives his death date and finds himself separated from his family and chased by a ruthless Death Investigation Agency.

Glow
by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.

Vesper
by Jeff Sampson
By the time sixteen-year-old Emily discovers that she and several of her high school classmates in their small Washington town are products of genetic engineering, they all display very dangerous powers by night and are stalked by a murderer.

Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

The Ghosts of Heaven
by Marcus Sedgwick
Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

One Past Midnight
by Jessica Shirvington
Each night, eighteen-year-old Sabine transitions between a life of privilege and security but no intimacy to one of economic struggle but loving relationships, and the difficulty of this strange situation causes her to consider suicide, at least in one physical reality.

Scythe
by Neal Shusterman
In a world in which the only way to die is to be killed by a scythe, Citra and Rowan compete to earn a position as a scythe's apprentice--a competition that will see the loser die by the hand of the winner.
See also:
Thunderhead

Unwind
by Neal Shusterman     
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
See also:
UnWholly
UnSouled
UnDivided 

Grasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Orleans
by Sherri L. Smith
Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader's baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.

Icons
by Margaret Stohl
After an alien force known as the Icon colonizes Earth, decimating humanity, four surviving teenagers must piece together the mysteries of their pasts--in order to save the future.

We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach
The lives of four high school seniors intersect weeks before a meteor is set to pass through Earth's orbit, with a 66.6% chance of striking and destroying all life on the planet. 

Numbers
by Rachel Ward
Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.
See also:
The Chaos
I
nfinity

Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
See also:
Behemoth
Goliath

Uglies
by Scott Westerfeld|Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
See also:
Pretties

All These Things I’ve Done
by Gabrielle Zevin
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.