Travel to another time, another world, outer space or a mix of all three with these science fiction titles.
Ten speculative short stories by leading young-adult authors imagine what the world could be through the lens of technologies emerging today. In tales buzzing with possibility, hope, innovation, anger, and tenderness, Tasting Light offers a dazzling challenge to connect with open minds, hearts, and senses in a fast-changing world.
To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor. Joy Abara and Duke Felix Hamdi meet face-to-face as they steal a spacecraft and flee amid chaos. Hiding might just be the perfect way to discover the true strength of the Kindred bond and expose a scandal--and a love--that may decide the future of a galaxy.
When something we loved suddenly becomes junk, a powerful energy is unleashed. One night, ice-skating prodigy Florence Sato is overwhelmed by pressure and throws away her skates. This fateful moment accidentally summons a "junkwraith," a terrifying ghost which seeks revenge for its abandonment by attacking the memories of its former owner. Before she forgets who she is, and to find out who she really wants to be, Florence must set off (with her trusty digital assistant Frank) on a long journey into the Wastelands to put to rest the monster she created.
During the worst week of Esso's life, an accident knocks him into an incredible world-a place beyond space or time, where he can see glimpses of the past and future. Rhia's past is filled with questions, but Dr. Esso's not here to help Rhia. He's here because he needs her to help unravel a tragedy that happened fifteen years ago.This powerhouse, mind-bending debut follows two teens, a generation apart, whose fates collide across time-and outside of it.
Bugz is caught between two worlds. In the real world, she's a shy and self-conscious Indigenous teen who faces the stresses of teenage angst and life on the Rez. But in the virtual world, her alter ego is not just confident but dominant in a massively multiplayer video game universe. Betrayal threatens everything Bugz has built in the virtual world, as well as her relationships in the real world, and it will take all her newfound strength to restore a friendship and reconcile the parallel aspects of her life.
Benji, a 16 year old trans boy, is living in a post-armageddon world and is on the run from the cult that he was raised in. He joins a group of queer teens and follows the directions of their leader. Benji has to make difficult decisions when he learns of their hidden agenda while hiding secrets of his own.
Jamal Lawson headed to Baltimore to document a rally that is protesting police brutality. As soon as he gets there, the city implements the dome. The dome surrounds the city and forces everybody in its boundaries into a total military shutdown. Jamal bands together with new friends to survive and shut down the dome.
French has been captured by the Recruiters, confined to one of the infamous residential schools. Meanwhile the other survivors, his found family, are hunting for him, determined to rescue him and French has to decide just how much, and whom, he is willing to sacrifice to survive and be reunited with Rose and the others.
How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they'd run out? Seventeen-year-old Simon wants to spend his last weeks with ex-girlfriend, Tilda, who dumped him. Lucinda, diagnosed with cancer, longs to connect again but doesn't quite know where to start. Reaching out to her former best friend Tilda seems like a good first step. Then Tilda is found dead and accusations start circling that Simon is the killer.
News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet--Alma-claiming to be its creator. If they're being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their "colony" Earth. True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.