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.

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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

DK

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.

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    A classic sci-fi novel that still resonates today, Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon follows the life of floor sweeper Charlie Gordon as an experiment turns him into a genius...

    With an IQ of 68, Charlie used to be the butt of everyone's jokes but an experiment improves his life immeasurably. When Algernon - the mouse the experiment was tested on before him - dies, Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary...

    Thought-provoking and sure to appeal to today's young adult audience, this is a book fully deserving of its status.
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    Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone. Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she'll let him. But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there - and Amy has nowhere to hide...
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    The world has changed and the future citizens of Chicago are forced to live in a society that has divided itself into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amith (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent).

    When children turn 16, they are given an aptitude test which will decide which faction they should belong to. As Tris approaches this landmark occasion, she is forced to make a terrible decision and leaves her family behind as she searches for where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her faction, she quickly comes to realise she can trust no one, but also finds herself drawn to a boy who seems to threaten and protect her... Pacy and electrifying, you'll be hooked throughout!

    With the hit film adaptation, starring The Fault in Our Stars' Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, becoming one of 2014's highest grossing films, now is the right time to read Queen of Teen 2014 nominee Veronica Roth's Divergent - especially as sequel Insurgent will be in cinemas come 2015!
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    We don't have a bad feeling about this... We're sure this book will be top of every film fan's reading list as they enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens time and time again.

    Covering the creatures, critters and characters who have starred in the original six films (and the spin-offs the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels), you'll be feeling the Force as you learn all about Tattooine, the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Darth Maul and the other inhabitants and settings of a galaxy far, far away.

    Presented in chronological order so you're able to relive all your favourite moments and the key battles from the saga in detail, this is a real visual feast for Star Wars fans of all ages.
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    Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L'eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she'll have inside information about the mysterious L'eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara's blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn't sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L'eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn?t seem more alien. She's certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn't just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life - not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
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    Fans of the award-winning SLATED trilogy won't want to miss this gripping new psychological thriller from Teri Terry! In a future world, life is tightly controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out from the crowd is dangerous so misfit Luna hides her secrets carefully, not realising her own power. Unlike her friends and family, Luna has never been able to plug into 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? The truth is hidden in a web of shining silver secrets, and the corrupt authorities would do anything to keep it that way. Can Luna find a way to use her own hidden powers and bring the truth to light before it's too late?
  • The Maze Runner Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781911077664 - James Dashner
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    The Maze Runner films starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Aidan Gillen have proven to be huge successes, but we reckon you'll enjoy the sensational books even more. You won't believe what happens!

    Thomas wakes up all alone in a lift in The Maze Runner and all he can remember is his name... when this lift cranks open, he finds he has landed up at the Glade - a camp set up in the centre of a terrible maze. And then he meets the Gladers, an army of boys who are not too impressed with his arrival. When a girl arrives carrying a vital message, everyone will have to pull together to make it through the maze - or face certain death.

    The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure continue this exciting story with shocks, thrills and spills that go beyond the maze and The Kill Order is a prequel that gives the concept even more weight. A combination of The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies and Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy, these are young adult novels of the highest calibre.
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    2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID - the most brutal, controlling police force in history - rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed - or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember. The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID - and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
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    "Legend" is the much-anticipated dystopian thriller debut from US author, Marie Lu. The must-read dystopian thriller fiction for all teen fans of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of "Les Miserables", the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy. The "Twilight Saga" producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, will produce. Los Angeles, California Republic of America He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death. Dystopian fiction at its very best in this thrilling instalment in the Legend trilogy. Praise for "Legend": "If you loved "The Hunger Games", you'll love this". (Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of "The Demon's Lexicon"). "A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it". ("New York Times"). "Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a "Legend" in the making". ("USA Today"). ""Legend" is impossible to put down and even harder to forget". (Kami Garcia, author of "New York Times" bestselling author of film sensation, "Beautiful Creatures"). Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a video game company. "Legend" and its brilliant sequel, "Prodigy" were built round the world that Marie Lu created for a popular Facebook game also called "Legend". She was born near Shanghai but currently lives in California.
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    The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare. 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 - and when Jory is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.