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Top 10 Best Science Fiction Books for Teenagers

Teens will be captivated by these engrossing science fiction books, featuring dystopian adventures, strange technology, alien races, romances that transcend time and space, and so much more. You'll find the very best sci-fi titles in this list of the best science fiction books for teenagers.

1. The Maze Runner Collection - 4 books

James Dashner

All Thomas can remember when he wakes up in a lift is his own name. When the lift opens, he finds himself at the Glade, a camp established at the heart of a twisted and terrible maze. Then he meets the Gladers, an army of boys who are not too happy with his arrival. When a girl arrives with a crucial message, everyone will have to pull together to make it through the maze - or face a horrible death. This thrilling page-turner will have teens gripped from the first page to the last.

2. Divergent

Veronica Roth

The world has changed. The citizens of Chicago are forced to live in a divided society of five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amith (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). At 16, children are sorted into these factions via an aptitude test. Shocked by the brutality of her own faction, young Tris quickly comes to realise she can trust no-one, but finds herself drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her... This exhilarating read is the first book in an electrifying trilogy.

3. Across the Universe

Beth Revis

Amy has abandoned the life she loves for a world 300 years away. Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is destined for a new planet. But 50 years before she's due to arrive, she is violently awoken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now she's lost on board, alone. However, someone is waiting for her, and he wants to protect her. But who can she trust in this sticky web of secrets and lies? A killer is out there, and Amy has nowhere to hide...

4. Acid

Emma Pass

It's 2133. ACID is the most brutal and controlling police force in history. No muttered dissent goes unnoticed - or unpunished. It was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she can't remember. She has learned to survive by any means necessary, the only female inmate in the hostile high-security prison. When a mysterious rebel group break her out, she must use her strength and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID - and uncover the truth about what happened two years ago.

5. Mind Games

Teri Terry

In a future world, life is controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Young misfit Luna must hide her secrets carefully. Unlike her friends and family, she has never been able to access Realtime, PareCo's virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank? Discover a web of corruption and secrets as Luna tries to use her hidden powers to uncover the truth - before it's too late.

6. Legend

Marie Lu

Day is a boy who walks in the light. June is a girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance, irresistibly drawn together. Neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother - and she has sworn to avenge his death. Discover the consequences in this gripping dystopian thriller, the first in the Legend trilogy.

7. Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

This sci-fi classic is an exciting and thought-provoking read. It stars 32-year-old Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of just 68. He decides to take part in a controversial intelligence-enhancing experiment, and his IQ reaches 185. Unfortunately, as his intelligence and comprehension improve, his relationships begin to crumble in turn. But how will he cope when he discovers the flaw in the experiment: that he will unavoidably regress back to his former self?

8. Alienated

Melissa Landers

Two years ago, aliens made contact. Cara Sweeney is now going to host one of them as the first ever L'eihr exchange student. But though their DNA is almost identical, the infuriatingly brilliant and unnaturally good-looking Aelyx couldn't seem more alien. When anti-L'eihr paranoia takes over the school, Cara and Aelyx will need to protect each other - and will inevitably fall for each other. But what will happen when Cara discovers the true purpose of the exchange and its potentially deadly consequences?

9. Ultimate Star Wars


The perfect gift for a Star Wars fan, this book covers the creatures, critters and characters who starred in the original six blockbusting films (as well as the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels). Feel the Force as you learn all about Tattooine, the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the other inhabitants and settings of a galaxy far, far away. Relive the extraordinary events and epic battles of this legendary saga.

10. The Fearless

Emma Pass

The Fearless: an army, powered by a strange new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster, but also devoid of all humanity. They sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path. Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother, but when Jory is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their lair, she must risk everything to get him back.