Top 10 YA Science Fiction Books
Readers of young adult science fiction are used to the world ending. In the wake of The Hunger Games (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, The Giver), dystopian worlds have dominated the genre. The sky may be the limit, but not many characters are going there yet.
Our hunt for the best YA sci-fi books on Goodreads reflects this partiality to the post-apocalypse. We set the bar high, only including books with at least a 4.0 average rating. The result? A sometimes grim, always thrilling peek into the future—where young women and men have the power to change their fates.
How long will dystopia continue its YA reign? Already the tides are shifting, as Veronica Roth ditches the end of the world for space travel with her Carve the Mark series and Marie Lu seeks to put a cyberpunk twist on The Hunger Games with her upcoming Warcross.
Check out readers' top 10 YA sci-fi books and let us know how many you've read in the comments!
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
What to look forward to in the future: distasteful reality television!
To save her sister, Katniss willingly enters the Hunger Games, an annual televised event where 24 children must fight to the death.
by Veronica Roth
What to look forward to in the future: a life-changing personality test!
Welcome to the Chicago of the future, a city where everyone is divided into five factions based on one aptitude test they take as teens.
by Lois Lowry
What to look forward to in the future: the absence of color!
Jonas' world shifts from utopian bliss to dystopian dread when he becomes his society's Receiver of Memory.
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
What to look forward to in the future: puzzles that can kill you!
In the center of a towering, ever-shifting stone maze, a group of children must figure out how to escape—and how to survive.
by Marissa Meyer
What to look forward to in the future: cyborg heroines!
A sixteen-year-old cyborg tries to save her stepsister in this futuristic update on the classic Cinderella tale.
by Marie Lu
What to look forward to in the future: perpetual war!
After a brutal murder, a military prodigy and the country's most wanted criminal form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth.
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
What to look forward to in the future: waves of misery!
As one of Earth's last survivors, Cassie knows she must stay alone to survive…until a mysterious boy shows her a different way.
by Tahereh Mafi
What to look forward to in the future: a literal kiss of death!
Accused of murder because of her fatal touch, Juliette struggles to understand if she possesses a gift or a curse.
by Neal Shusterman
What to look forward to in the future: forced organ donation!
Risa, Lev, and Connor band together to avoid "unwounding," a legal process where all of a person's organs are transplanted into different donors.
The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken
What to look forward to in the future: a disease with super side effects!
After Ruby escapes a government rehabilitation camp, she discovers a safe haven for other kids with frightening abilities.
What's your favorite YA sci-fi read? Share it with us in the comments.
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