Great science fiction for teens!


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.

 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.  Printz Award winner.  Sequel:  The Drowned Cities.

 Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard

Jack's predictable existence on Freedom space station is transformed when Kit, the Earthie rat, enters his life and enlists him and a sensitive robot in an effort to outwit the Company.

 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young genius in Battle School, where he is training to fight the alien Buggers, has to put his skills to the ultimate test much sooner than he expected.  Sequels: Ender’s Shadow, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon , Speaker for the Dead and First Meetings: Three Stories from the Enderverse.

 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another in a fight to the death, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.  Sequels:  Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

 Wither by Lauren Destefano

In a world where a botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years, geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race.  When sixteen-year old Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a polygamous bride, she vows to do all she can to escape.  Sequels:  Fever and Sever.

 Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.  Sequel:  Invisible Sun.

 Rash by Pete Hautman

In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

 Bunker 10 by J. A.Henderson

Something is going terribly wrong at the top secret Pinewood Military Installation, and the teenage geniuses who study and work there are about to discover a horrible truth as they lead a small military force trying to retrieve data and escape before the compound self-destructs.

 Time’s Chariot by Ben Jeapes

In an overcrowded future, Earth’s surplus population is dispersed throughout history, but the system that makes this possible is about to collapse with deadly consequences.

 Monks in Space by David Jones

Aboard the spaceship abbey Prominence, 14-year-old Bart is a novice monk who is also training to be a pilot under Gary, the ship's crusty, hard-drinking captain. When an unidentified Remora-class vessel drifts into sight, only Bart and Gary see the potential danger of rescuing its passengers.

 The Declaration by Gemma Malley

In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.  Sequel:  The Resistance.

 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World. Sequels:  The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.  The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men are also available as ebooks.

 Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.  Also available as an ebook.  Sequels:  School’s Out-Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning and Max.

 The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary 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.  Sequel:  The Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever.

 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.  OneBook NJ selection.  Also available as an ebook.  Sequels:  The Dead and the Gone and This World We Live In.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.  Sequels:  Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain.  Companion novels:  Fever Crumb, A Web of Air and Scrivener’s Dream.

 Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.  Sequel:  A Million Suns.

 Iron Jaw and Hummingbird    by Chris Roberson

In a far future in which Mars is controlled by the Chinese, teens Gamine and Huang, one the leader of a sham religious movement, the other chief tactician of a gang of bandits, form an unlikely alliance to fight the corrupt government that has determined their lives.

 The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.  Sequels:  The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places.

 Tankborn by Karen Sandler

Kayla and Mishalla, two genetically engineered non-human slaves (GENs), fall in love with higher-status boys, discover deep secrets about the creation of GENs, and in the process find out what it means to be human.

 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.

 Gem X by Nicky Singer

Sixteen-year-old Maxo Strang, the most perfect human ever made, suddenly discovers a "crack" in his face, which leads him to expose his community's dark underworld of secret scientific research and the city's corrupt supreme leader.

 Otherspace by David Stahler

Now almost fifteen, Jacob leaves his good friends, Xander and Delaney, and sets out for the distant planet of Teiresias, where he believes he will find other Seers and learn about the visions he has had since gaining his sight on his home planet, Harmony, where blindness is the rule.

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows

Anthology of science fiction stories by writers including Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Garth Nix and Scott Westerfeld.

 The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

In a world where water has become a precious resource, Vera and her brother befriend a boy who seems to have unlimited access to water and who suspiciously disappears, prompting a dangerous search challenged by pirates, a paramilitary group, and corporations.

 The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa

Desperate to save the human race after a comet’s deadly particles devastate the adult population, scientists create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system.

 Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

 Skinned by Robin Wasserman

To save her from dying in a horrible accident, Lia's wealthy parents transplant her brain into a mechanical body.  Sequels:  Crashed and Wired.

 Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky

When a race of aliens quickly takes over the earth, leaving most people dead, high-schooler Jesse finds himself a slave to an inept  alien leader--a situation that brightens as Jesse develops telepathic powers and attracts the attention of two beautiful girls.

 Dragon and Thief    by Timothy Zahn

In Jack's universe, dragons--or, more precisely, the dragon like K'da--are big, but they also depend on being in a symbiotic relationship with a humanoid. And when the K'da warrior known as Draycos is the sole survivor of a space battle and must find a new bondmate or die, for better or worse Jack happens to be the only available host.  Sequels:  Dragon and Soldier, Dragon and Slave, Dragon and Herdsman, Dragon and Judge, and Dragon and Liberator.