M. T. Anderson. Feed. (Candlewick, 2004)
Martyn Bedford. Flip. (Wendy Lamb Books, 2011)
Many teens dream of living someone else's life, if they got to choose who and when of course. But if
you had to live someone else's life? What if you woke up with your mind and someone else's body,
someone else's life? What does it really mean to be "you"? Worse, what does it mean to be nobody at
Nancy Butts. The Door In the Lake. (Front Street, 1997)
It's a classic sci-fi set up: Joey wakes up in the hospital and can't understand why everyone looks so
old. They can't understand how he could have been missing for years and hasn't aged a day. The only
thing more frightening than not knowing what happened at the lake those years ago is finding out the
Orson Scott Card. "Ender" (Series):
Ender's Game. (Tor, 1994)
Speaker for the Dead. (Tor, 1994)
Xenocide. (Tor, 1996)
Children of the Mind. (Tor, 2002)
Ender in Exile. (Tor, 2009)
Ernest Cline. Ready Player One. (Crown, 2011)
A futuristic video game world based on 1980's pop culture? One for parents and teens to read
together (so the teens have someone to ask, "Dad, what is a Duran Duran?"). Pair it up with Erebus by
Ursula Poznanski to compare two generations of video game madness.
Richard Paul Evans. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. (Simon Pulse, 2011)
Of come on! Who wouldn't read a book about kids with electric superpowers?
Brian Faulkner. The Assault. (Random House, 2012)
An alien war in the classical science fiction tradition: the human race is striking back in to the heart of
the enemy’s homeland, but the only humans who can pull it off are an elite squad of teenaged
soldiers, and the alien homeland is right here on Earth.
Jack D. Ferraiolo. Sidekicks. (Amulet, 2011)
What do you call the dorkiest, silliest-looking, must socially inept sidekick to ever face off with his
partner against evil? A hero…
Catherine Fisher. The Dark City. [Relic Master, Book 1] Dial, 2011)
A sci-fi/fantasy mash-up of a world in fear of ancient and misunderstood relics of incredible
technological power from a powerful lost civilization. A mystical order seekd to preserve and
understand them, while a represive power structure seeks to bury these relics of another age. Is it
more dangerous to suppress this power, or to use it?
Pete Hautman. The Obsidian Blade. [The Klaatu Diskos] (Candlewick, 2012)
“The camel, the walled city, the way people were dressed all added up to his being somewhere in
Africa or the Middle East. He wished he’s paid closer attention in his geography and history classes
because, he thought with a sour smile, you never know when you might be magically transported half
way around the world and hundreds of years into the past.”
Pete Hautman. Rash. (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2006)
Homer Hickam. Crater: a Helium-3 Novel. (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
Travel into space isn’t going to be glamorous, zipping among the pretty stars. It will be hard men and
women leading a hardscrabble life exploiting the mineral wealth of the moon for the wealthy and
powerful in an unimaginably deadly environment. Out of this bleak future steps one young man,
honest, sincere, naïve of course, but devoted and, when necessary, fearless. The perfect tool for a
powerful man bent on furthering his own ends.
Emmy Laybourne. Monument 14. (Feiwel and Friends, 2012)
A teen angst-fueled, apocalyptic, science fiction Lord of the Flies. Hold on, this is a wild ride.
Christopher Moore & Ian Corson. The Griff. (William Morrow, 2011)
It is Jurassic Park, falling from the sky! In this graphic novel of alien invasion, the little green men are
huge green dragon creatures, and the ET's aren't being cuddled by a cute little six-year-old Drew
Barrymore. The heroine is The Game Goddess, and who better to fight alien invaders than the woman
who designed the video games where they, well, you know?
Garth Nix. A Confusion of Princes. (Harper, 2012)
They are above the law. They take what they want. They use ordinary people for their own ends. And
when their terms end, they come right back for more. No,they aren't congressmen; they are princes
in Garth Nix's sci-fi space opera. The Empire made Khem a prince, but can anything make him human?
Kenneth Oppel. Dead Water Zone. (HarperTeen, 2007)
Kenneth Oppel. "Matt Cruise" (Series):
Airborn. (HarperTeen, 2004)
Skybreaker. (HarperTeen, 2007)
Starclimber. (HarperTeen, 2009)
John W. Otte. Failstate. (Marcher Lord, 2012)
It had to happen… a reality show to pick the next teen superhero! One caped contestant gets voted
off every week, and Rob “Failstate” Laughlin knows his days are numbered. He isn’t the superhuman,
shiny, photogenic hero America expects. But the darkness he hides behind grunge clothes and a
Halloween mask drives him like no other. He fights for redemption, propelled by a painful past and a
desperate faith, in a way that the others may not understand. A rare Christian-centered approach to
the classic superhero story.
James Patterson. "Maximum Ride" (Series)
The Angel Experiment. (Little, Brown, 2005)
School’s Out – Forever. (Warner, 2006)
Saving the World, and Other Extreme Sports. (Little, Brown, 2007)
The Final Warning. (Little, Brown, 2008)
Max. (Little, Brown, 2009)
Fang. (Little, Brown, 2010)
The stakes rise for Maximum Ride when her relationship with Fang heats up. The more she has, the
more she has to lose. Max's whole flock is faced with the hard choices, and one will make a choice
that breaks the flock up for good.
James Patterson and NaRae Lee. Maxium Ride: The Manga. (Yen Press, 2009)
Rodman Philbrick. The Last Book in the Universe. (Blue Sky Press, 2000)
Ursula Poznanski. Erebos. (Annick Press, 2012)
Any real gamer will tell you, "It isn't just a game." And it isn't; it knows things. It can converse with
you. It can order you to do things. And somehow, you just can't say no. It isn't just a game, this game
Neal Shusterman. “The Unwind Trilogy” (Series)
Unwind. (Simon & Schuster, 2007)
UnWholly. (Simon & Schuster, 2012)
In a world not too far in the future, America has finally solved the abortion debate once and for all. We
won’t abort babies. We will abort teenagers.
Scott Sigler. “Galactic Football League” (Series)
The Rookie. [Book One] (Diversion Books, 2007)
The Starter. [Book Two] (Diversion Books, 2010)
The All-Pro. [Book Three] (Diversion Books, 2011)
The MVP. [Book Four] (Diversion Books, 2012)
600 pound armored alien monsters as linemen, gorilla beasts at linebacker, scuttling bug creatures
at receiver and defensive back, and a quarterback from some backwater human world just trying not
to get his head ripped off on every play, that’s the world of the Galactic Football League in this sci-
Rebecca Stead. First Light. (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007)
Scott Westerfeld. "The Leviathan Trilogy" (Series)
Leviathan. (Simon Pulse, 2009)
Behemoth. (Simon Pulse, 2010)
Goliath. (Simon Pulse, 2011)
Will Weaver. Defect. (Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2007)
Jill Williamson. Replication: the Jason Experiment. (Zondervan, 2011)
Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” But what if it wasn’t God that formed
you? Cloning is more than an ethical and theoretical question in this science fiction thriller of a young
man created to serve a purpose, but who looks for a greater one in a world that he can’t understand,
and that won’t understand him.
Daniel H. Wilson. Amped. (Doubleday, 2012)
The problem with becoming more than human is that it somehow makes everyone else less than
human, and they aren't going to like it. Expect trouble when you get AMPED.
Daniel H. Wilson. Robopocalypse. (Doubleday, 2011)
What if your smartphone was smarter than you... and wanted you dead?
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Gordon Korman. Hypnotists. [The Hypnotists, Book 1] (Scholastic, 2013)
What better subject for a science fiction thriller than the science of the human mind? Imagine a
world where everything you do, from handing over your money, to voting for the president, to
throwing yourself off a bridge can be dictated by someone else – and you will never know it is
happening. Now imagine you are the one pulling all the strings...
Kat Falls. Dark Life. (Scholastic, 2010)
If you think there are no new frontiers, just wait until man causes the ultimate ecological disaster.
When there is no longer enough inhabitable land, humans must push into the unknowns of inner
space, the world's oceans. Like all frontiers, undersea offers wide open spaces and a chance for a
man to make something of himself if he has the guts and the grit, but like all frontiers there are
terrors, known and unknown. Ty is fifteen and trying to carve out a living in the new wet west.