5 Great Young Adult Science Fiction Novels
For your summer reading this year, consider borrowing one of these great science fiction novels from the library. Whether you enjoy futuristic or more modern sci-fi, picking up one of these books is a fun way to celebrate the summer reading program’s theme, “A Universe of Stories.”
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins, 2008)
The authoritarian nation of Panem lies 74 years in the future of a post-apocalyptic North America. The Capitol is home to wealthy elites who control twelve districts. As a result of this power, the Capitol forces two children from each district to fight to the death annually. In this year’s Hunger Games, Katniss represents her district and must do what it takes to survive the Hunger Games.
The Mortal Engines (Philip Reeve, 2001)
After the Sixty Minute War, major cities like London became traction cities, a type of movable city that dismantles other cities for resources. When Tom Natsworthy prevents an assassination attempt on an important leader, he discovers that the would-be-assassin, Hester, was trying to prevent a terrible weapon from being unleashed on other cities. Now that he knows the truth, can he help Hester find a way to prevent another war?
Noggin (John Corey Whaley, 2014)
Travis Coates is a sixteen-year-old dying of leukemia. He volunteers for a radical procedure of having his head removed and cryogenically frozen in the hope of someday finding receiving a healthy body. Within five years, he wakes up with a body and five years younger than his family, his best friend, and his girlfriend who is now engaged to another man. Can he still fit into his past relationships, or will he have to find new friends?
Warcross (Marie Lu, 2017)
Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down people who illegally place bets on a virtual reality game named Warcross. Since the bounty hunter jobs are competitive, she hacks into the games and accidentally becomes an overnight sensation. After her mistake, Warcross’s creator hires her to work within the games to uncover security issues. What she finds may change the games forever…
The Girl from Everywhere (Heidi Heilig, 2016)
Nix travels on her father’s ship, Temptation, going across the planet, time, and between reality and worlds of imagination. However, her life turns to crisis as her father searches for Nix’s mother in the past. Will his search cause the erasure of Nix’s very existence?