33 Can't-Wait Works of YA Speculative Fiction for Summer

Posted by Sharon on May 10, 2021


Looking for some out-of-this-world reading this summer? Then we suggest taking a peek at these highly anticipated young adult books, all hitting U.S. shelves in the next few months!

These stories run the gamut from traditional high fantasy to inventive sci-fi, magical contemporary, and horror tinged with the supernatural. In other words, we're betting there's a book on this list for every kind of YA SFF fan!

Scroll over the covers to learn more about each novel, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
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Are you a fan of YA speculative fiction? Which of these upcoming tales are you excited to read? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Love all these covers!!


message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Calhoun That's funny, because my comment was going to be how much i dislike the covers. I guess to each his own.


message 3: by Isla (new)

Isla Kerring-Swift Thanks for this list Sharon! I LOVE spec YA. My most anticipated releases are
You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne
Remember Me by Estelle Laure
Every Line of You by Naomi Gibson


message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Clutterbuck There are some really gorgeous covers in this bunch! I've added so many to be TBR shelf, I can't wait! :D Love the diversity of leads & the lgbt+ rep!!


message 5: by Jess (new)

Jess Wow, so many beautiful covers! Looks like I have a lot to add to my TBR.. 😅


message 6: by Dia. (new)

Dia. Can someone tell me, what is Ya meaning? I see that word a lot, but I don't know what it is.


message 7: by Bhavya (new)

Bhavya Diani. wrote: "Can someone tell me, what is Ya meaning? I see that word a lot, but I don't know what it is."

Ya means young adult. The target audience for these books is between 12-18 years, but anyone can read the books. :)


message 8: by Arianna (new)

Arianna I'm really excited to read Daughter of Sparta!!!


message 9: by Jose (last edited May 12, 2021 06:01AM) (new)

Jose I wish the list split the books by categories. I appreciate that it ranges from high fantasy to supernatural so it covers a good diversity of authors and stories, but I don't want to click over every book to check if it's the genre I care about. Speculative fiction is a broad category.


⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess) Daughter of Sparta sounds amazing! I'm always up for some greek myth retellings!


message 11: by Spidermonkey (new)

Spidermonkey These covers are just gorgeous <3 I put a lot of these books on my TBR just because of the covers, yes I did... :D


message 12: by Jade (new)

Jade Huh. In nearly all the books starring a black protagonist, the protagonist is either an outcast, desperately poor, or unfairly demonized. The only subgenre where they're allowed to be powerful and wealthy is high fantasy, and even then they're equally likely to be hated outcasts.


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Diani. wrote: "Can someone tell me, what is Ya meaning? I see that word a lot, but I don't know what it is."

Young Adult


message 14: by Jane (last edited May 12, 2021 12:53PM) (new)

Jane Shand Bhavya wrote: "Diani. wrote: "Can someone tell me, what is Ya meaning? I see that word a lot, but I don't know what it is."

Ya means young adult. The target audience for these books is between 12-18 years, but a..."


Yes, I am more than twice that age but I read YA fantasy a lot!


message 15: by Tina (new)

Tina Jennifer wrote: "That's funny, because my comment was going to be how much i dislike the covers. I guess to each his own."

you don't like *any* of them? Not even one?


message 16: by ♥ Erin ♥ (new)

♥ Erin ♥ The covers are all so pretty 😆


Cute_and_Grammatical I’m so excited for Flash Fire!


message 18: by Abby (new)

Abby Cute_and_Grammatical wrote: "I’m so excited for Flash Fire!"

Me too! I've had it on my TBR since I read The Extraordinaries.


just-a-lonely-bookworm well I already have like 80 books on my wanna read, why no add 30 more?! lolz


message 20: by Chloé (new)

Chloé Jennifer wrote: "That's funny, because my comment was going to be how much i dislike the covers. I guess to each his own."

Yes, that's pretty much how individual taste works. Not everyone likes the same things, luckily. :-)


message 21: by Patri (new)

Patri Really amazing covers! I can't wait to read "Six crimson cranes"!!!


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