Science Fiction – Dystopian (Teen)

Dystopia – An imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.

Aguirre, Ann.  Enclave.  Y FIC Aguirre  (Razorland SERIES)
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong–and dangerous.  SEQUELS: Outpost (2012) & Horde (2013).

Ahern, Cecelia.  Flawed.  Y FIC Ahern
In a future society where ‘flawed people who have committed crimes are branded with an F, a young girl takes a stand.

Alexander, Jen.  The Aftermath.  Y FIC Alexander
In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by cannibals and pollution, Claudia endures daily physical and psychological tests in order to survive, while gradually discovering that she has become a pawn in faraway manipulator’s game.

Bow, Erin.  The Scorpion Rules.  Y FIC Bow
In order to keep the peace, an artificial intelligence called Talis takes the children of world leaders hostage because if any leader starts a war their child will be killed. Things get shaken up when a new hostage named Elián doesn’t accept the system and shows duchess and crown princess Greta the truth about the world they live in.

Bowman, Erin.  Taken.  Y FIC Bowman.  (Taken Trilogy SERIES)
In the isolated town of Claysoot, every male is mysteriously “Heisted” on his eighteenth birthday, and seventeen-year-old Gray Weathersby is determined to figure out why.  SEQUELS: Frozen (2014) & Forged (2015).

Bradbury, Ray.  Fahrenheit 451.  Y FIC Bradbury  (SUMMER READING)
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Brown, Rachel Manija.  Stranger.  Y FIC Brown
Generations after an unknown Change eliminated electricity and gave people unusual powers, the Southern Californian town of Las Anclas must deal with the consequences when a teenage prospector comes to stay.

Buckley, Michael.  Undertow.  Y FIC Buckley
A sixteen-year-old girl is caught in an epic clash of civilizations when a society of undersea warriors marches out of the ocean into modern-day Coney Island.

Cameron, Sharon.  Rook.  Y FIC Cameron
In the Sunken City that was once Paris the guillotine rules again, while Sophia Bellamy from the Commonwealth across the Channel Sea tries to rescue as many of the revolution’s victims as she can smuggle out, and some prisoners disappear from their cells, with a red-tipped rook feather left in their place–but who is the mysterious Red Rook and where does Sophia’s wealthy fiancé, René Hasard, fit in?

Cass, Kiera.  The Selection.  Y FIC Cass  (The Selection Trilogy SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.  SEQUELS: The Elite (2013), The One, (2014), The Heir (2015), & The Crown (2016).

Charbonneau, Joelle.  The Testing.  Y FIC Charbonneau.  (The Testing Trilogy SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.  SEQUELS: Independent Study (2014) & Graduation Day (2014).

Collins, Suzanne.  The Hunger Games.  Y FIC Collins / YPB Collins (SERIES)
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.  SEQUELS: Catching Fire (2009) & Mockingjay (2010).

Condie, Allyson Braithwaite.  Matched.  Y FIC Condie  (Matched Trilogy SERIES)
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate–until Ky Markham’s face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.  SEQUELS: Crossed (2011) & Reached (2012).

Crossan, Sarah.  Breathe.  Y FIC Crossan  (SERIES)
In a barren land, a shimmering glass dome houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea–an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears–walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the dome. What will happen on the third day?  SEQUEL: Resist (2013).

Dashner, James.  The Maze Runner.  Y FIC Dashner  (SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.  SEQUELS: The Scorch Trials (2010) & The Death Cure (2011).  PREQUEL: The Kill Order (2012).

Dawson, Delilah S.  Hit.  Y FIC Dawson
Near future thriller about a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list–with the added complication of her sole ally’s brother being the final assignment.  SEQUEL: Strike (2016).

DeStefano, Lauren.  Perfect Ruin.  Y FIC DeStefano  (The Internment Chronicles SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives in Internment, a floating city utopia. But when a murder occurs, everything she knows starts to unravel.  SEQUELS: Burning Kingdoms (2015) & Broken Crowns (2016).

DeStefano, Lauren.  Wither.  Y FIC DeStefano  (The Chemical Garden SERIES)
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.  SEQUELS: Fever (2012) & Sever (2013).

Easton, Tom.  Seven Second Delay.  Y FIC Easton
In a future where few places are still habitable and people share their entire lives on the Web, Mila illegally enters the Isles, is captured and has a telephone implanted in her brain, and escapes but government agents are after her and her greatest asset is a seven second delay from the time she acts until they receive the signal.

Graudin, Ryan.  The Walled City.  Y FIC Graudin
As Jin Ling tries to save her sister, Mei Yee, from the Brotherhood of the Red Dragon in Hak Nam Walled City, one boy, Dai, can reunite them and save their lives–but only if he’s willing to risk his own.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  The Always War.  Y FIC Haddix
In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  Among the Hidden.  YPB Haddix  (Shadow Children SERIES)  (SUMMER READING)
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

Hofmeyr, David.  Stone Rider.  Y FIC Hofmeyr
A young man who seeks revenge and redemption from his past joins a brutal race to win a chance to escape his dying world.

Karp, Jesse.  Those That Wake.  Y FIC Karp
When a consumer-driven future society runs amok, unleashing near-cosmic forces, Mal and Laura search for their families only to find that something or someone has erased them from the memories of everyone they have ever known.

Lowry, Lois.  The Giver.  YPB Lowry  (The Giver Quartet SERIES)
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.  SEQUELS: Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004) & Son (2012).

Lu, Marie.  Legend.  Y FIC Lu  (SERIES)
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.  SEQUELS: Prodigy (2013) & Champion (2013).

McCarthy, Cori.  Breaking Sky.  Y FIC McCarthy
In the year 2048 Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father, and as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret.

Mafi, Tehereh.  Shatter Me.  Y FIC Mafi  (SERIES)
Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.  SEQUELS: Unravel Me (2013) & Ignite Me (2014).

Oliver, Lauren.  Delirium.  Y FIC Oliver  (Delirium Trilogy SERIES)
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.  SEQUELS: Pandemonium (2012) & Requiem (2013).

Orwell, George.  1984: A Novel.  Y FIC Orwell
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

Powell, William Campbell.  Expiration Day.  Y FIC Powell
It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation.

Rossi, Veronica.  Under the Never Sky.  Y FIC Rossi  (SERIES)

Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies–one highly advanced, the other primitive–hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can’t stay together.  SEQUELS: Through the Ever Night (2013) & Into the Still Blue (2014).

Roth, Veronica.  Divergent.  Y FIC Roth  (SERIES)
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.  SEQUELS Insurgent (2012) & Allegiant (2013).  PREQUEL: Four (2014).

Simmons, Kristen.  Article 5.  Y FIC Simmons  (Article 5 Trilogy SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, but when Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action.  SEQUELS: Breaking Point (2013) & Three (2014).

Simmons, Kristen.  The Glass Arrow.  Y FIC Simmons
Living in hiding with other ragtag girls in a world where women are hunted and sold for breeding, Aya is caught by a group of businessmen who test her survival skills.

Swain, H.A.  Hungry.  Y FIC Swain 
In Thalia’s world there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. But when she meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that the meds are not working.

Tintera, Amy.  Reboot.  Y FIC Tintera  (Reboot SERIES)
Seventeen-year-old Wren rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier until she is given an order she refuses to follow.  SEQUEL: Rebel (2014).

Treggiari, Jo.  Ashes, Ashes.  Y FIC Treggiari
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

Weitz, Chris.  The Young World.  Y FIC Weitz
Jefferson, with his childhood friend Donna, leads a tribe of teenagers in New York City on a dangerous quest to find an antidote for a mysterious illness that wiped out all adults and children.

Wells, Dan.  Partials.  Y FIC Wells  (Partials Sequence SERIES)
In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training.  SEQUELSFragments (2013) & Ruins (2104).

Westerfeld, Scott.  Uglies.  Y FIC Westerfeld  (SERIES)
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.  SEQUELS: Pretties (2005), Specials (2006) & Extras (2007).

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