Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) is a genre that includes science technology that could possibly happen in the future and / or in space and / or in a different dimension. Check out these engaging science fiction chapter books for ages six to teen. They’ll get your kids reading and reading and reading.
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Best Science Fiction Books For Kids
Killer Species by Michael P. Spralin ages 6 – 9
I loved this fast-paced adventure series about a mad scientists who creates a hybrid crocodile-dinosaur-bird killer creature to stop visitors from entering the Everglades. Emmet and his father arrive to investigate but when his father is kidnapped, Emmet and his friend, Calvin, know it’s up to them to find where the kidnapper is holding Emmet’s father. GREAT for reluctant readers — and anyone who loves a crazy sci-fi who-done-it!
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot The Voodoo Vultures from Venus by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dan Santat ages 6 – 9
Kudos to Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat for creating such an action-packed, engaging new series for young readers. And the illustrations are marvelous. It’s not often you see a book in full color – love that!
Galaxy Zack Hello, Nebulon!
An easy chapter book that’s simple, fun, and entertaining about a boy who moves to a new planet.
Battle Bugs #1: The Lizard War by Jack Patton ages 6 – 8
Max LOVES bugs — but he never expects to become one! Not that he’s a bug, he decides to help his new bug friends fight the invading lizards who want the bug’s island. Adventure, battles, and bugs make this a fun first read in a new early chapter book series.
Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (SERIES) (ages 6 – 10)
If your child likes these graphic novels, there are TONS of books in this funny sci-fi zombie series.
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of a Dare by Herobrine Books ages 6 – 9
Short sentences with witty observations on life from the perspective of a Minecraft zombie that will crack you up. I was surprised to say the least that this was such an entertaining, funny read. Nothing scary. Just fun. Especially for Minecraft enthusiasts. (These are FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!)
Hilo The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick ages 6 – 9
Hilo can’t remember much before D.J. finds him crashed into the earth. But evil robots have followed Hilo to Earth and it’s up to Hilo to protect the earth. This ends of a cliff-note but is worth it — it’s a great page-turning adventure.
Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown ages 7 – 10
Engaging from the first page, this is a relatable graphic novel adventure story about a young boy, Roan, who dreams of becoming a pilot . . . but gets into Jedi school instead. He’s the oldest new student, everyone else started long before him. Roan has ups and downs, as one does at a new school, but finds his place at the school and new friends. Highly recommended!
Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Hamburgers of Doom by Malcolm Judge
Johnny is the anonymous reporter for the tell-the-truth secret school newspaper, The Woodford Word. His latest investigation is the unusual principal, an alien who is somehow brainwashing the whole school and the parents and turning them into chubby zombies. (The title is a BIG hint.) He pairs up with a girl named Julie, his friend Norris, and an unusual drama teacher to find a way to stop the alien principal from fattening up the students to eat them all. This sounds weird but it’s actually a great story of perseverance, friendship, and old-fashioned investigative journalism.
Six: A Devastating Call. An Impossible Journey. And No Turning Back. by M.M. Vaughan ages 8 – 12
This is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure! I loved every second of this story and know your kids will as well. When Parker’s scientist father is kidnapped, he sends Parker an interrupted message with only a name. Parker, his friend Aaron, his friend’s butler, and his sister, Emma, race to save their father, only to discover that his father is on another planet and the technology to get him back is the invention his dad was working on.
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior by Cube Kid, illustrated by Saboten ages 7 – 12
Runt is a 12-year old with real problems. He doesn’t want to be a typical villager with the typical boring life. He wants to be a warrior like Steve. So he’s excited when his school finally agrees that the villagers might need warriors to fight back against the nightly attacks. When Steve loses everything and moves in with Runt’s family, Runt hopes that Steve will help with warrior training. But it’s a guy named Mike whose in the village jail that helps because Steve is too depressed. Runt’s a relatable, mostly serious, character who just wants a different life — like most kids his age and is competing for a dream opportunity.
Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery ages 7 – 10
This book not only hooks the reader with it’s space-adventure plot and hilarious narrator Carl the Duckbut it invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism and drawing. Yes, drawing. Along the journey to retrieve the artifact from Captain Sleezoog (he’s a slug), you’ll be tasked with doing your part. So you’ll make sure (by drawing) that you’ve got a spacesuit, you’ve packed everything you need to bring, the rocket design is perfect plus has some silly (bandages!?) extras, and lots more as the adventure ensues. It may sound contrived but it’s an engaging adventure any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also read: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!
Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski ages 8 – 12
Hyperspace High Crash Landing by Zac Harrison ages 8 – 12
Imagine going to school in space with classmates that are aliens. That’s John’s current situation – and it’s about to get more dangerous when a simple school trip turns dangerous. He won’t make it back alive if he and his friends don’t figure out something fast. I thought this was a great story.
Secret Coders: Get with the Program by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes ages 8 – 12
What’s happening at Hopper’s new school? She and her friends discover something very amazing about the birds — they’re robotic and can be controlled by numbers. Which leads the kids to go up against the scheming, evil janitor. And you, the reader, must help or they won’t be able to go back to school there. Readers learn some basics of how to use the programming language Logo with sequence, iteration, and selection, and must apply their knowledge to help the characters. I love the interactivity and the progressive way the authors teach the logical thinking of programming. Very well-done!
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs ages 6 – 9
Frank invents things. Most of the time, those things don’t work. Recently, Frank has been trying to make a robot who can think for himself (like Frankenstein) using old appliances and spare parts (toaster, keyboard, Shop-Vac). Frank doesn’t do it but in a miracle of fictional science, the robot builds himself. This book is a bit slower paced than I like but I think it’s a decent read that will appeal to young tinkerers.
Space Case and Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs ages 8 – 12
review written by 11-year old JJ
This series was AMAZING! It was a murder mystery on the moon. I can never turn down a good, realistic si-fi PLUS murder mystery. It has it all! It was placed in 2040 and their second-in-command had died. He had walked out the airlock (to the moon’s surface) with his space suit on wrong– he died in seconds. Everyone thought he had gone crazy, but Dashiel Givson suspected differently. Murder. The first book is almost mirrored in the second –the base commander this time disappears. With just enough breaking the rules, they can figure out where she is and who did it.
Horizon by Scott Westerfeld (ages 8 – 12)
First of seven books, we follow a plane crash over the Arctic Circle with only 8 kid survivors. The wrecked plane lands in a sinister jungle filled with attacking vines, shredder birds, and two moons in the sky. When the kids find an anti-gravity tool, they use it to help them fly so they can locate water and hunt for answers to where they are. They suspect someone engineered this dangerous world and more importantly, the kids need their help –Molly is getting sicker from the glowing green bird bite on her shoulder and they don’t want another death.*
*The adults on the plane are presumed dead and one of the kids dies during the story.
PLAY the Horizon video game on the Scholastic site.
Dead City by James Ponti ages 8 – 12
Molly’s recruited to hunt zombies in New York City, just like her mother, who is dead. Or is mom actually a zombie? And why is she trying to contact Molly? This is a great action-adventure story with a mystery.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman ages 8 – 12
Eli and his friends are riding bikes when they accidentally discover that some of them are physically prevented from leaving their utopia-type town. But there’s more. Then Eli discovers that his “father” is the leader of a group of scientists who are using the town and some of the kids, in a secret and unapproved science experiment. And you won’t believe what that experiment is!! (Hint: the title gives you a big hint.) And you won’t believe what that experiment is!! (Hint: the title gives you a big hint.)
Edge of Extinction The Ark Plan by Laura Martin ages 8 – 12
Action from the first page! This is a crazy good story about a dangerous world where cloned dinosaurs have taken over the world. Now Sky and her fellow humans live below ground in safety with Noah as their supreme ruler. Sky discovers that her missing (maybe traitor?) father left her a secret note with cryptic instructions on how to be found. She decides to leave the underground city in order to find her dad. Barely outside a day, she and her friend Shawn are rescued from hungry dinosaurs by a boy who lives in a treetop enclave. When his enclave is attacked by Noah’s soldiers looking for her, Sky realizes that everything she believed about Noah is wrong and is even more determined to find her father. LOVED it!
Out of Abaton, The Wooden Prince by John Claude Bemis ages 8 – 12
In this unique, amazing reimagined Pinocchio story, Pinocchio is an automa whose been sent by the magical, imprisoned king of Abaton, a land with elemental magic, to a fugitive alchemist named Geppetto. Geppetto believes the king sent Pinocchio to be his new son and sets out to rescue the king. As their adventures ensue and they get separated, it’s clear that Pinocchio is becoming flesh and blood, a real boy with feelings and independent thoughts. He meets and befriends half-beasts (chimeras) with Abaton origins, a slave boy, and the sylph princess of Abaton, all who work with him to rescue Geppetto and the king, who end up in the belly of a the Deep One. It’s an exciting, interesting story with a very surprising, fantastic ending.
The Kidnap Plot (The Extrordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie) by Dave Butler ages 8 – 12
This started slow for me but once I passed a few chapters, the pacing picked up and I was hooked. This is a world of both fantasy creatures (trolls and such) and science fiction steampunk (clockwork / steam Victorian London). Charlie, a very sheltered Indian boy, must venture out into the world when his father is kidnapped right before his eyes. As he searches for his father, Charlie meets an amazing variety of characters, and learns about the Iron Cog, The Anti-Human league, and the reason his father was taken. Oh, he also figures out why his father wanted to shelter him and the truth about who he is.
Red Moon Rising by K. A. Holt ages 8 – 12
There aren’t too many science fiction middle grade books around. This is a new one that’s pretty interesting — with some gender themes (women as workers/wives vs. women as warriors) and racism (human vs. alien).
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Machack ages 8 – 12
Cleopatra is transported to the future on a different planet where she learns she’s destined to save the world. To prepare, she attends school (sort of) and trains with a wise old cat. She’s sent on her first mission before she is fully ready. Can she do it or will her lack of preparation ruin the mission? Difficult to follow at first but overall entertaining.
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross ages 8 – 12
Excellent dystopian middle-grade! The world is covered by a deadly “fog” that kills humans so the humans live only on the highest mountain peaks. Our heroes, a band of scavenging orphans, are trying to find something in the world below that they can sell in order to travel to another city where they can treat the cloud sickness of their beloved mother-figure. I loved the suspense, the fascinating world, the characters, and the happily ever after. I couldn’t tell from the ending if there will be more books because thankfully there was no cliff hanger.
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard ages 8 – 12
Darkus Cuttle’s museum director dad mysteriously disappears from a locked room in the museum. Darkus learns that there’s something very strange going on . . . and it has to do with intelligent beetles and a cruel benefactress of the museum. This sci-fi chapter book took me by surprise; I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Boy X by Dan Smith SCI-FI / ADVENTURE
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Colgate ages 8 – 12
If you went by this book, you’d think the zombie apocalypse was kind of fun. At least that’s how Jack approaches life and zombie fights. He and his best friend, Quint, live in a upgraded, well-defended treehouse where they plan for rescuing his crush June (she doesn’t need rescuing being quite capable) and fighting zombies. Illustrations throughout make this even more appealing to read and imagine. Delightful. Who would have thought?!
The Time Museum by Matthew Loux ages 8 – 12 GRAPHIC NOVEL
Delia interns at the Time Museum, a time travel museum where she and other kids her age compete for a permanent spot with the museum in this sci-fi graphic novel. A sinister time traveler forces the group to work together to stop permanent damage to the world and the time museum. My 11-year old thought this book was awesome.
The Quest for the Truth series (books 1 – 4) by Brock Eastman ages 8 -12 CHRISTIAN
I couldn’t put these books down — which was a very fun surprise because I didn’t know what to expect from a Christian fiction series like this. The writing is fantastic — fast paced and engaging and the story itself is intriguing, a futuristic world in which the four siblings archeologist parents are kidnapped by forces trying to find artifacts which will lead them to eternal life. The kids pursue both the artifacts and their missing parents across different planets where they discover a hidden civilization of blue-colored people, escape a dangerous laboratory with predatory creatures including dinosaurs, learn a friend is really a foe, get captured by pirates, and so much more. I’m looking forward to the final book, book five!
The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate ages 8 – 12
Filled with engaging cartoon-like illustrations, we once again delve into the exciting zombie-filled world where Jack and his three friends seem to be the only humans left on Earth. The friends meet an alien named Thrull who gifts them with a Beastiary, a book to collect bits and pieces of monsters and information about each. It’s fun, action-packed, and dangerous as the kids collect information for the book, tracking and fighting monsters but . . . they’re in for a terrible betrayal that just might be the end of the world for real this time.
The G-Man Super Journal Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso ages 8 – 12
The Wells Bequest by Polly Schulman ages 8 – 12
I just started this book and can already tell that would be a good book for kids who love science and adventure. The hero, Leo, loves science and is researching for a school report (in a magical library of objects) when he stumbles on robots and other inventions from science fiction novels. It is up to him to journey through time to warn scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. Second in The Grimm Legacy series.
Dark Life by Kat Falls ages 8 – 12
When the oceans swallowed much of the earth, humans either moved into stacked cities or the ocean floor. Ty lives in the ocean but his way of life is threatened by murderous outlaws who steal and kill. He befriends a Topside girl named Gemma who is looking for her brother undersea. They learn that her brother is the leader of the outlaws, was a former medical experiment, and has Dark gifts just like Ty. This is action and intrigue from the get go and you’ll love ever minute of it. (Next in the series is Rip Tide.)
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke ages 8 – 12
What an fascinating, compelling story! When the government cracks down and discovers her mom’s secret lab, Nere learns that her mom has experimented on her . . . and many other kids . . . so that they can survive underwater. Suddenly Nere has gills and is forced to swim for her life to meet up with the other kids who are part of the Neptune Project, traveling to where her not-really-dead-after-all father has built an underwater headquarters. The journey is dangerous and there’s tension within the group. Will they survive the trip and if they do, to what end? (The second book, The Neptune Challenge, is also fantastic.)
KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger ages 8 – 12
I stayed up all night to finish this book -it was fantastic! In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first. Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret—she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known. But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden?
The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey #1) by Richard Paul Evans ages 13+
A fantastic read about a boy with electrical powers, and an evil group who wants to control him and others like him.
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar ages 8 – 12
They’re not supposed to be in the woods, but to avoid Chad the bully Tamaya and Marshall go there anyway. Tamaya discovers the weird looking “fuzzy mud” and throws it at the Chad’s face who followed them. When Chad goes missing, and Tamaya’s hand gets a bloody rash, it’s clear that the mud is not just mud. Fast-paced and adventurous, kids won’t be able to put this book down. I couldn’t.
The Jupiter Pirates Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry ages 8 – 12
You’re 12 year old kids are going to love this one – it’s a GREAT pirate adventure, only these pirates are in space and now supposed to be called the more politically correct term “privateers.” Tycho and his siblings are competing amongst each other for who will be the next captain after their mom. When it’s Tycho’s turn to captain, he encounters a ship with a suspicious diplomat. Unable to seize the ship’s cargo because of the diplomat, Tycho’s family demands a court decide.
Hypnotists by Gordon Korman ages 8 – 12
Mix the action-packed writing of Korman with a boy who can hypnotize others – and who is recruited to be in a “special” school to save the world. But is that really what the school does? My 12 year old thought this was one of the best books and so did I!
Dead City by James Ponti ages 10 – 13 (SERIES)
Molly’s recruited to hunt zombies in New York City, just like her mother, who is dead. Or is mom actually a zombie? And why is she trying to contact Molly? This is a great action-adventure story with mystery and moral dilemma.
Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix ages 8 – 12
In this sci-fi world, brother and sister twins discover a big and dangerous secret. Their parents are robots, and so are all the adults in the world! Very interesting story with more books forthcoming.
The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow ages 8 – 12
I liked this book but it wasn’t the complete story so be warned, you’ll have to stay tuned until the next book is out to get more of the plot. Basically, this book sets things up — we learn that the random group of students in a bus accident all are different some how — they each have powers. And so do their fire starting substitute teacher and their now invisible bus driver. The bus driver tells them he was transporting something secret and he thinks that affected all of them.
The Last Dogs: The Vanishing by Christopher Holt ages 8 – 12
I drug my heels about reading this book, I don’t usually like books with animal characters. However, from the first page, I couldn’t put it down. Holt is an amazing writing and the story is a fast-paced adventure that your kids will thoroughly enjoy. All the humans have either left suddenly or were rounded up and forced to leave. But not the dogs or other animals. Max, a yellow Lab knows that he must find and save his family. From the moment he escapes his kennel at the vet’s, he faces huge obstacles – angry, starving wolves, no food, a gang of subway rats, a house of cats, and the controlling Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs where everyone works and no one can leave.
Mary Andromeda and the Amazing Eye by J.G. Kemp SCI-FI
Son (The Giver, #4) by Lois Lowry ages 8 – 12
Did you know that The Giver is a series? This is the last book, and it’s excellent. You’re going to love (and be surprised) the way Lowry incorporates all the characters of the original story, too. Claire, grows up to become a Vessel, and births a baby boy. She’s reassigned to the Fish Hatchery but Claire can’t stop thinking about the son (the Product) taken away from her. As time goes on, Claire realizes that everyone else takes pills that make them seem numb, and unquestioning. When Claire’s faced with a choice, she decides for her son and for freedom. But it all goes wrong . . . she does escape and washes up on a new land with no memories. At least for now.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle ages 8 – 12
I’ve read this book so many times, I can’t count — many times with my classes as a read aloud — and every time it’s just as fantastic. (That doesn’t always happen with books.) A Wrinkle in Time is a remarkable, well-written adventure in space that deals with the overarching theme of good vs. evil. Meg and her brother, Charles Wallace, and friend, Calvin, set of to find her scientist father who disappeared while researching tesseracts.
Psion Gamma by Jacob Gowans ages 13+
I generally dislike self-published children’s books. But not self-published YA books. This is one of those book series — self-published and excellent! A dystopian world where some have unique powers (psion powers) that he can use to fight the ongoing battle for a better world. Loved it!
The Rig by Joe Ducie ages 13+
Oh, this was a deliciously good action story. I loved how the author wove in the science-fiction elements with a realistic story of incarcerated kids who are mistrusting, and find that there are a few people in the world that they can trust. This detention center is on an oil rig in the ocean. But Drake is determined to escape — especially after he discovers what the Rig is really doing.
Undertow by Michael Buckley ages 13+
Michael Buckley’s Alpha are from the ocean — clans of creatures with wild amphibian and human appearances and a specific hierarchy. Not only is this world development imaginative, the plot is crazy good –filled with tension, action, and adventure. Our 16 year old heroine, Lyric, is trying to hide that her mom is one of the Alpha (First People) or they’d disappear to a camp if discovered. Lyric’s school is ordered to integrate with the First People. Worse, Lyric is ordered to help the prince, Fathom. Not good for someone trying to fly under the radar. Tensions are high as protestors and students get violent with their hatred of the Alpha but there’s something much worse than the Alpha. And it’s coming. LOVED it! (My husband also loved this book and was mad that he stayed up all night to read it. He told me next time to suggest something more boring.)
The Maze Runner by James Dasher ages 13+
I loved this series . . . mostly. I didn’t love the last books and how the story ended — but that often happens with series doesn’t it? Series are hard, especially when the first book starts out so strong. In this dystopian world, kids are either killed or must kill to survive. There are tons of plot twists which I loved.
Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago (SERIES) ages 13+
A great kids-must-save-the-world book with a unique zombie/alien twist. Aliens are taking over corpses and reanimating them. Only some kids can see the real zombie beneath the alien “masks” — our hero gets the zombie sight and is rescued by a group of zombie fighters called Undertakers. He convinces the Undertakers group to stop being defensive but to be more aggressive and determine how to kill the corpses. I liked this book a lot!! (Free on Kindle Unlimited.)
Burn by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine ages 13+
Sequel to Scan, this book was even better than the first in my opinion. Now we know that aliens exist and have infiltrated the humans so well that most humans AREN’T human and don’t even know it. In fact, only 12 pure families remain and are in constant danger from the alien leaders. Only when Tate and his girlfriend, Christina, are captured, it appears that maybe they both have a common enemy and should work together to save the Earth. Tons of action and adventure made this a fun and entertaining read.
Mirage Above World #2 by Jenn Reese ages 13+
If you haven’t read the first book, do because it’s important to read them in order. The gist of the Above World series is that the humans were created to live into tech-dependent, animal-morphed groups who were lab created for different climates – mer people, snake people, centaur, bird people – and have mostly remained separate from each other. The main character, Aluna, a Kampii (mer), has left her clan in order to discover why they are dying. In Mirage, she and her unique group of friends must try to convince the Equian colonies that the evil Karl Strand is trying to take over Above World. These books pack in the action and adventure with such creative storytelling, I highly recommend them!
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson ages 13+
Wow – loved this adventure that is typical of Sanderson’s unique worlds with plot twists and turns.In this world, the Epics are super-powerful individuals with extraordinary powers and no goodness who control the cities. David’s father was killed by Chicago’s Epic, Steelheart, and David wants revenge. He joins the Reckoners to assassinate Steelheart, all the while studying the Epics to know their weaknesses. This is a page-turner and completely entertaining.
Bot Wars by J.V. Kade ages 13+
Trout’s dad disappeared in The Bot Wars. When Trout makes a plea for his missing dad on a vid that goes viral, things go crazy FAST. Like the government trying to kidnap him. What to they know that he doesn’t know? A fast-paced, excellent adventure!
The Remedy by Suzanne Young ages 13+
In this futuristic world, “closers” are teenagers who pose as dead people to help grieving families of the suicide epidemic. I loved The Program and have this on my to-read list next.
Eye of the Minds by James Dashner ages 13+
I can’t believe it took me so long to read this YA book for it’s totally compelling and unique plot (with the craziest plot twist at the end!). How to explain . . . Imagine our world with more advanced technology that lets you “live” in a game world. Players hook up their bodies to to the game, and while their in the game, food and bathroom breaks are taken care of. It’s crazy action and adventure that will keep you reading late into the night!
Red Rising by Pierce Brown ages 13+
Love, love, love this YA book — takes place on Mars with a caste society, color coded by the level of your caste. Darrow, a low-caste Red, infiltrates the ruling Gold caste’s special training school. His training? Kill or be killed. Lead an army or be enslaved. Better than Hunger Games – especially for boys who don’t want to read about romance and really get enthralled with battle strategy. Excellent. I can’t wait for the next book!
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer ages 13+
Cinder is a skilled mechanic cyborg, a human with machine parts, and lives with her step-mother and sisters. When Prince Kai asks her to fix something for him, she becomes entangled in a plot which puts her life at risk and the entire country’s fate is hanging in the balance.
Phoenix by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (ages 10+) SCI-FI
Great writing and an amazing plot will hook you from the first moment in this science fiction adventure about dying stars, an imperial empire, cloven-hooved Aliens, and an unusual boy named Lucky who is far more than he seems. LOVED it!
The Web of Titan by Dom Testa ages 13+
The Web of Titan is the second book in the Galahad series written by Denver’s own Dom Testa. In short, I LOVED this book. In long, the teenager characters are continuing their journey in space toward a different solar system. While they travel, they encounter a mystery around the moon of Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. As things get weirder and some of the crew gets debilitating headaches, especially Bon, the sullen Swede in charge of agriculture on the ship. Did I mention that they’re escaping a deadly virus on Earth that attacks anyone over the age of 18? Read the first book, The Comet’s Curse and you’ll be as addicted to this series as me.
Dangerous by Shannon Hale ages 13+
I’m a HUGE Shannon Hale fan so I was excited that she branched out to YA. I devoured this book! Maisie’s dream of attending the NASA-like summer camp turns into a nightmare when she’s exposed to alien technology that embeds in her body, giving her special powers. But powers for what? An alien invasion?
Origin by Jessica Khoury ages 13+
Teen, Pia, is the only immortal in the world. She’s been raised in seclusion (captivity?) in the Amazon jungle with no knowledge of the outside world. But, all that changes when Pia finds a hole in the electrified fence and meets a village boy who helps her see that her origin might be a secret the scientists will kill to guard. Or worse. Predictable yet still entertaining.
Strange Skies by Kristi Helvig ages 13+
If you like fast-paced action and sci-fi YA, this is a good book for you! Second in the Burn Out series, Tora is rescued from the Consulate and arrives on a new planet in the middle of a two conflicts — one, between the Resistance and the Consulate and two, between the vicious Resistance leader, Kale and the less-violent Resistance members including Tora. And everyone wants Tora’s father, the scientific mastermind behind the guns or at least his knowledge of the key to using the guns. Her feelings for James are conflicted but develop into a romance during this action-packed story.
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix ages 13+
Yes, another dystopian novel – but if you like them, here’s another entertaining read. Nix creates a world of evil Overlords who kill children on their 14th birthday to turn them into hybrid-machine-animal killers. Shade, a holograph projection of his original adult self, guides escaped children to discover the Overlord’s secrets. Only how many children have sacrificed their lives for his missions? Is he everything he says he is?
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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve ages 13+
A totally original story of an orphan, Fever, who is raised by a scientist in the order of Engineers. She begins having strange memories and wants to know the mystery of who she is – if she’s a non-human Scrivener and where she came from.
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry (SERIES) ages 13+
It’s a creepy, scary, and also somewhat bittersweet world of humanity who must survive in enclaves while the hoards of zombies roam the land — zombies who might have been family or friends. Mayberry does an amazing job at making the zombies pitiful and the zombie hunters’ job (so to speak) heartbreaking but necessary. At age 15, Benny must either fight zombies like his brother Tom or find a different job, or else his rations will be halved. So many of the “zoms” are people he once knew – and loved – and soon Benny learns there are people in the world who are worse than the zombies.
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