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Science Fiction Books for Teens and Young Adults

Travel to another time, another world, outer space or a mix of all three with these science fiction titles.

In this book list: 

Science Fiction Titles

Dystopian Fiction Titles (Can you survive in this world?)

Apocalyptic Fiction Titles (It's the end of the world!)

Science Fiction

Cover of Tasting Light: Ten Science
A.R. Capetta and
Wade Roush (editors)

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.

Cover of The Kindred

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.

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In this collection of stories by acclaimed young adult authors, the Latin American diaspora travels to places of fantasy and out into space.

Cover of Junkwraith

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.

Cover of Spin Me Right Round

A gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life. In a story that's fresh, intersectional, and wickedly funny, David Valdes introduces a big-mouthed, big-hearted queer character that readers won't soon forget.

Cover of The Upper World

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.

Cover of Walking In Two Worlds

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.


Dystopian Fiction

Cover of Hell Followed With Us
Andrew Joseph

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.

Cover of Nubia: The Awakening
Clarence A. Haynes and
Omar Epps

Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho are refugees from Nubia who are living in New York which is in a climate crisis. As they discover their own powers, all three teens must grapple with inheritance, duty, and survival.

Cover of Survive the Dome

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.

Cover of The Darkness Outside Us

Two boys, alone in space: sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission. In order to survive the ship's secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust each other, especially once they discover what they are truly up against. Love might be the only way to survive.

Cover of Hunting By Stars (A Marrow

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.

Cover of The Ballad of Songbirds an

Revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. 

Cover of Internment

In a terrifying, futuristic United Sates, Muslim Americans are forced into internment camps, and 17-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.

Cover of Scythe (Arc of the Scythe

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

Cover of Shatter Me (Shatter Me ser

Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Apocalyptic Fiction

Cover of All That’s Left In the W
Erik J.

Putting their trust in one another, two boys, Andrew and Jamie, search for civilization in a world ravaged by a deadly pathogen, but their secrets could cost them everything as they try to find the courage to fight for the future, together.

Cover of Gone Dark

A malware attack has taken down the entire American electrical system. Seventeen year old Zara is forced to travel back to her survivalist father’s compound. Will she choose to face her traumatic past or choose to stay in the dark?

Cover of The Q

When the president's son, Lennon, is kidnapped and pushed out of an airplane over the Q, a vast quarantine zone, Maisie gives him a seventy-two hour vaccine and together the two teenagers attempt to fight their way through the Q in order to survive.

Cover of The Bones of Ruin (Bones o

An African tightrope walker who cannot die gets involved with a mysterious society that's convinced the world is ending and is drafted into the fight-to-the-death Tournament of Freaks, where she learns the terrible truth of who and what she really is.

Cover of The Electric Kingdom

When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. As swarms of infected flies roam the earth, few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and love in a world gone dark. 

Cover of Gearbreakers
Zoe Hana

In an age of 100-foot-tall mechanical deities run by a tyrannical regime, two teenaged girls on opposite sides of a war discover they are figting for a common purpose--and falling for each other.

Cover of The Ones We’re Meant to

Set in a climate-ravaged future, this novel follows the story of two sisters, separated by an ocean, desperately trying to find each other.

Cover of Unchosen

A curse called the Crimson has spread across the planet and turned people into human eating monsters. Charlotte has always lived in the shadows of her siblings but steps forward to save her sister. How will the rest of her story unfold?

Cover of The End

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.

Cover of I Hope You Get This Messag
Farah Naz

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.