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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

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Pittacus
Lore
2021

Sixteen-year-old half-alien Sydney Chambers leaves Earth to seek his long-missing father, and unearths a devastating, centuries-old secret about humanity.

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Scott
Westerfeld
2018

In a world that is rapidly descending into chaos, Frey and Rafi are twin sisters, but few people know of Frey's existence, because she has been raised to be her sister's body double and lethal bodyguard. Col, the son of a rival leader, gets close enough to begin to suspect something, and Frey must decide whether to deal with him violently or finally assume her own identity.

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Akemi Dawn
Bowman
2021

Murdered on the way to her high school graduation party, eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto finds herself in an afterlife ruled by Ophelia, a virtual assistant planning to eradicate human existence.

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Xiran Jay
Zhao
2021

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected--she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

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Alechia
Dow
2022

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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David
Valdes
2022

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.

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Zoraida
Córdova
2022

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

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Marie
Lu
2020

Strikers are loyal with unparalleled, deadly fighting skills and a willingness to do anything--including sacrifice their own lives--to defend Mara, the world's last free nation. But to the very people she protects, Talin is seen as an outcast first and a Striker second.

Cover of The Upper World
Femi
Fadugba
2021

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.

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Wab
Kinew
2021

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

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Suzanne
Collins
2020

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. 

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Eliot
Schrefer
2021

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.

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Rosaria
Munda
2019

Two dragonriders must go head-to-head for the top position in the Callipolan fleet, and protect the new regime from those who lost power.

Cover of Hunting By Stars (A Marrow
Cherie
Dimaline
2021

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.

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Samira
Ahmed
2019

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.

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Neal
Shusterman
2016

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.

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Tahereh
Mafi
2011

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.

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Tochi
Onyebuchi
2019

In 2172, when much of the world is unlivable, sisters Onyii and Ify dream of escaping war-torn Nigeria and finding a better future together but are, instead, torn apart. 

Apocalyptic Fiction

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Kelly
McWilliams
2020

Sixteen-year-old Agnes must escape a cult and a Prophet as she attempts to save the world from a pandemic.

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Erik J.
Brown
2022

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.

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Sarah
Raughley
2021

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
David
Arnold
2021

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. 

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Mats
Strandberg
2020

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.

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Zoe Hana
Mikuta
2021

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.

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James Patterson and
Gabrielle Charbonnet
2020

Maximum Ride's seventeen-year-old daughter, Hawk, is living under the radar in post-apocalyptic New York City until a destiny that is perilously close to her mother's forces her to take flight.

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Farah Naz
Rishi
2019

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. 

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Joan
He
2021

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

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Brendan
Reichs
2018

As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Fire Lake, Idaho.