The Diary of Pelly D. L.J. Adlington. Y Adlington.
This provocative first novel challenges readers to think about ethics, personal freedom, the role of government, genetic engineering, bigotry, and race in this story of rich and popular Pelly D, whose diary is found among the rubble of a ruined city. Also check out the companion novel, Cherry Heaven.
Feed. M.T. Anderson. Y Anderson.
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins. Y Collins.
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. Also check out the sequels: Catching Fire; and coming soon, Mockingjay.
Time’s Chariot. Ben Jeapes. Y Jeapes.
In an overcrowded future, Earth’s surplus population is dispersed throughout history, but the system that makes this possible is about to collapse with deadly consequences.
Evil Genius. Catherine Jinks. Y Jinks.
Cadel Piggott is a 14-year-old genius studying for his World Domination degree with criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. But at heart he’s a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to wonder if it is too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot. Also check out the sequel, Genius Squad.
Firestorm. David Klass. Y Klass.
His mother is not his mother; his father is not his father. If Jack hadn’t broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. Jack plunges into a space-time-bending game of survival with no way out. The rules are shrouded in secrets. But one thing he learns fast: Trust no one. Also check out the sequels: Whirlwind; and Timelock.
Epic. Conner Kostick. Y Kostick.
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Mary E. Pearson. Y Pearson.
In the future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
Mortal Engines. Philip Reeve. Y Reeve.
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country. Also check out the sequels: Predator’s Gold; Infernal Devices; and A Darkling Plain.
Unwind. Neal Shusterman. Y Shusterman.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.
Double Helix. Nancy Werlin. Y Werlin.
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.
The Secret Hour: Midnighters. Scott Westerfeld. Y Westerfeld.
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess. Also check out the sequels: Touching Darkness; and Blue Noon.