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Friday, August 30, 2013

My Teen Science Fiction Reading List

In October, I'm doing a one-time book group of general science fiction choices for teens and here is the reading list I've come up with. I thought that I'd share. For the meeting itself, I will highlight and talk about six of these titles. I hope this is useful for you!

Science Fiction


a)      The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)

b)      The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

c)       Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818, originally published anonymously)

d)      The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (1896)

e)      Journey To the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1871)


Government control:

a)      Giver series by Lois Lowry:

The Giver 1993

Gathering Blue 2000

Messenger 2004

Son 2012

b)      Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Divergent (2011)

Insurgent (2012)

Allegiant (2013)

c)       Little Brother (2010) and Homeland  (2013) by Cory Doctorow

d)      Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (2011)

Pandemonium (2012)

Requiem (2013)

e)      Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

Matched (2010)

Crossed (2011)

Reached (2012)


Post- Apocalyptic: through war or disease:

a)      The Program by Suzanne Young (2013) & The Treatment (2014)

b)      The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (2013)

c)       Fallen World Trilogy by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall (2012)

The Lives We Lost (2013)

d)      Epitaph Road by David Patneaude (2010)

e)      For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (2012)

Natural disaster: changed or dying earth

a)      The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (2006)

The Dead and the Gone (2008)

This World We Live In (2010)

The Shade of the Moon (2013)

b)      Ashfall series by Mike Mullin

Ashfall (2011)

Ashen Winter (2012)

Sunrise (2014)

c)       After the Snow  series by S.D. Crockett

After the Snow  (2012)

One Crow Alone (2013) prequel

       d) Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony (2010)

       e) Rootless by Chris Howard (2012)This will be a series.


Alien encounters:

Life on other planets/We live on other planets:

a)      Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008)

The Ask and the Answer (2009)

Monsters of Men (2010)

b)      The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (2013)There will be a sequel, at least.

c)       Adaptation (2012) & Inheritance (2013) by Malinda Lo

d)      Star Kingdom series by David Weber

A Beautiful Friendship (2011)

 Fire Season (2013)

e)      The Elana Books by Sylvia Engdahl

Enchantress From the Stars (1970)

The Far Side of Evil (1971)

Time Travel :

a)      Klaatu Diskos series by Pete Hautman

The Obsidian Blade (2012)

The Cydonian Pyramid (2013)

The Klaatu Terminus (2014)

b) Sign of the Raven by Julie Hearn (2005)

d)      Hourglass Series by Myra McEntire

Hourglass (2011)

Timepiece (2012)

Infinityglass (2013)

d) Tempest by Julie Cross (2012)

e) Out of Time by John Marsden (2005)



Clockwork & steam driven /Fabulous inventions

a)      Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

 Leviathan (2009)

Behemoth (2010)

Goliath (2011)

b)      Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines (2003)

Predator’s Gold (2004)

Infernal Devices (2006)

A Darkling Plain (2007)

c)       Incarceron  series by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron  (2010)

Sapphique (2011)

d)      The Hunchback Assignments series by Arthur G. Slade

The Hunchback Assignments (2009)

The Dark Deeps (2010)

      e) Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells (2013)


Weird bodily adaptations:

Humans as Experiments:


a)      The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson:

   The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008)

The Fox Inheritance (2011)

Fox Forever (2013)

b)      Gripping series trilogy by Robin Wasserman


Crashed (2009)

Wired (2010)

       c) Six of Hearts series by Jack Heath

             The Lab 2008)

e)      Origin by Jessica Khoury (2013)

f)       Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (2011)

Fever (2012)

Sever (2013)


Bodily “Improvements”:

a)      The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies (2005)

Pretties (2005)

Specials (2006)

Extras (2007)

b)      Feed by  M.T. Anderson

c)       Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman:


Unwholly (2012)

d) The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (1989)

e) Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2012)



Mad Scientists:

A) The Rules by Stacey Kade  (series-to-be Project Paper Doll)

b) Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

c) Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

d) The Death Collector by Justin Richards (2006)

d)      Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor (2011)

Such Wicked Intent (2012)


We Made Them:

1)      Androids/Cyborgs/Robots

a)      Lunar Chronicles  by Marissa Meyer:

Cinder (2012)

Scarlet (2013)

Cress (2014)

b)      Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum (2013)

c)       Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

d)      A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (2011)

e)      Bzrk Trilogy by Michael Grant

Bzrk (2012)  

Bzrk Reloaded  (2013)

2)      Clones/Genetically Engineered

a) House of the Scorpion (2002) & The Lord of Opium (2013) by Nancy Farmer

b) The Originals by Cat Patrick (2013)

c) Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2005)

d) Tankborn novels by Karen Sandler

    Tankborn (2011)

    Awakening (2013)

   Rebellion (2014)

E) Double Helix by Nancy Werlin (2005)


3)      Zombies/Monsters

a)      The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry:

 Rot and Ruin (2010)

Dust and Decay(2011)

Flesh and Bone (2012)

Fire and Ash (2014)

b)      The Enemy series by Charlie Higson:

The Enemy (2010)

The Dead (2011)

The Fear (2012)

The Sacrifice (2013)

c)       This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (2012)

d)      Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa Blick

Ashes (2011)

Shadows (2012)

Monsters (2013)

e)      Z by Michael Thomas Ford (2010)


Virtual reality/games

a)      Insignia series by S.J. Kincaid

Insignia (2012)

Vortex (2013)

b) Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

     Under the Never Sky (2012)

     Through the Ever Night (2013)

c)  For the Win by Cory Doctorow(2010)

d) Deadly Pink by Vivan Van Velde (2012)

e) Bubble World by Carol Snow (2013)



a)      Mazerunner series by James Dashner

The Mazerunner (2009)

The Scorch Trials (2010)

The Death Cure (2011)

The Kill Order (2012) prequel

b) In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker (1997)

       c) Memory Boy by Will Weaver (2003) & The Survivors (2013)

      d) Storm Thief by Chris Wooding (2006)

      e) Ship Breaker (2010) and Drowned Cities (2013) by Paulo Bacigalupi






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