Not too long ago, when someone asked me if I liked sci-fi books, my first thought would be no. However, after I read the books on this list and loved them all, I had to change my answer. I love sci-fi, and I think it might be my favorite genre. There are some sci-fi books for teenagers that you don’t want to miss, no matter how much you love it.
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
There is an epic, sci-fi reimagining of Les Misérables on this list of sci-fi books for teens, so we start it off strong. As the planet nears revolution, a thief, a guardian, and an officer are all heroes. Romance and emotions are in the air when Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette’s lives and futures come together. With each other, they might be able to change the future of their world, Laterre. You should also read Between Burning Worlds and Suns Will Rise when you’re done with this book.
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi book about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must fight off an AI entity that wants to destroy humanity. Akemi Dawn Bowman, the author of the book, won an award for it.
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
It’s like the Handmaid’s Tale meets Westworld in Suzanne Young’s new book, “Girls with Sharp Sticks,” which comes out this month. There may not be as much control over the lives of a group of girls at an elite boarding school as they seem. In the book, Mena and her friends learn dark secrets about what’s really going on and who they are. The students of Innovations Academy will learn how to fight back. Love this book and want to read more? Try Girls with Razor Hearts and Girls with Rebel Souls, the two follow-ups to Girls with Sharp Hearts.
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
As a prison guard trainee, Kenzie gets kidnapped by the superpowered criminal teens on the Sanctuary space station. Then, when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures, Kenzie must work with the teens to save the station. This is how it works:
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Gene-hacking expert Cat, 17, must use her skills to decode her father’s message, which hides a vaccine for a horrible disease. This is her first book. As soon as someone asks me for book recommendations for sci-fi books for teens, this one is the first that comes to mind.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
When a senator’s daughter is taken to the galactic court as a hostage, it turns out that she is actually the galaxy’s most powerful weapon disguised as a girl named Red Queen. Does your business need more than this? Take a look at The Empress and The Nemesis when you’re done reading this one. They’re part of the same trilogy.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
When it comes to sci-fi books for teenagers, Neal Shusterman is the best. His Arc of a Scythe series is one you don’t want to miss. Humanity has been able to get rid of hunger, disease, war, and misery in a world where there is no hunger, sickness, or war. It has even gotten rid of death. To die, you have to be a scythe. This book is about two teenagers who were chosen to be apprentices to scythe kings. It will be impossible for you to stop reading Thunderhead and The Toll after you read this book.
Want by Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou and his friends live in a near-future Taipei that is full of pollution. They will do anything to save their city. Ruse, don’t miss the next one!
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
It’s the first book by Caitlin Sangster, and it’s about a teen who runs away from the only home she’s ever known to avoid being executed for a crime she didn’t do.
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
At the end of the world, there is an invasion of murderous creatures. One girl is fighting for her life. The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping book. Check out the next one, too!
The Program series by Suzanne Young
True feelings are not allowed, teen suicide is on the rise, and the only thing that can help is The Program. This is a “gripping story for fans of dystopian romance.” This is the last book in the Program series, so you won’t have to wait very long to find out what happens. Better start reading right away.
Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith’s dark humor is used to tell the story of Cager Messer, a boy who is stuck on the Tennessee, his father’s moon-cruise utopia, with crazy robots.
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
When Maia is named the next Fire Effigy, she doesn’t like it. She was happy to look at the Effigies from afar because she had few friends and almost no family. She never thought about having to learn how to control fire, protect innocent people from the Phantoms, or try to get the other three Effigies to work together.
Exile from Eden by Andrew Smith
When the army of six-foot-tall praying mantises sent Arek’s family to live in a hole in the ground, it was sixteen years after that. In this sequel, the mantises have grown even bigger. No more holes! Arek is now ready to leave the hole for good! A six-foot tall grasshopper isn’t the best way to show that you’re into sci-fi books for teens, right?
The Girl With All The Gifts
There are zombies in this sci-fi horror movie, but it’s also been praised for its strong characters and heart. People who love zombies or think sci-fi can’t be used in a way that makes people feel good should read this book.
In the world of fantasy and science fiction, Brandon Sanderson is setting himself up to be one of the greats in the history of both. As far as I know, he’s better known for his fantasy world. Recently, he’s made some moves toward sci fi and has made a name for himself in both of the speculative genres.