Sci Fi Books for Teens and Young Adults

Many readers became hooked on Sci Fi books as teens or even pre-teens.

A famous author once said that the Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12 – as in twelve years old. Sci fi books are popular with younger readers because of their great potential for adventure, action and exciting stories. Today, science fiction is more popular than ever among books for teens and young adults. Stories range from ultra-realistic and hard-edged adventure to softer stories about the struggles that teens face in alternate worlds.
Popular Sci Fi Books for Younger Teens Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of numerous books for children and teens, and her most popular sci fi books are the Shadow Children series, which tells the story of a future society which suffers such terrible food shortages that families are only allowed two children each. Children born in addition to the two that are allowed are “shadow children.” The City of Ember is another place where life is difficult for kids. Jeanne DuPrau’s Ember series of books take place in an underground city that has been isolated from the above-ground world for more than 240 years, until 12 year-old Doon and his friend Lina discover there is a way above and out. Set closer to the present day, Anthony Horowitz’ books about teen British spy Alex Rider offer James Bond-style high tech adventure and suspense.

Sci Fi Books for Older Teens

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series of sci fi books is a little darker than some books written for younger readers, and it has enduring appeal for all ages. Image and self-esteem become dramatic, cool conflicts in Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series, where some teens are “ugly,” while others, the “pretties,” are permantly gorgeous. Scott Westerfield has also begun a “steampunk” series of adventures with Leviathan (2009), Behemoth (2010) and Goliath (2011) telling the story of Alek, the embattled heir to a steampunk World War I Austrian throne, and his adventures with Deryn, a British girl who dresses as a boy in order to serve on the amazing airship Leviathan. No discussion of sci fi books for teens would be complete without the most popular series of all: Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, following the story of Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion against the oppressive Panem overlords.


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