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Teen Novels to Read If You Like Star Wars

cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

starflight

Starflight by Melissa Landers

YA SF LANDERS, M.

Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

diabolic

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.

railhead

Railhead by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

thesebrokenstars

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Sponner

YA KAUFMAN, A.

Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

acrossuniverse

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

YA SF REVIS, B.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

avalon

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA SF ARNETT, M.

Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.

tinstar

Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci

YA SF CASTELUCCI, C.

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

insignia

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

illuminae

Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

YA SF KAUFMAN, A.

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

enders-game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

YA SF CARD, O.

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

shadeschildren

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX,G.

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

the100

The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

salvage

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

YA SF DUNCAN, A.

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?

Teen Novels for Gamers

Cure for the Common Universe

Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker

YA HEIDICKER, C.

Jaxon meets the girl of his dreams on the same day that his father ships him off to video game rehab. Now he must earn 1 million therapy points in a week, if he wants to be released from rehab in time for his date.

Leveller

The Leveller by Julia Durango

YA SF DURANGO, J.

Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer’s son from a virtual trap.

GuyInRealLife

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

YA BREZENOFF, S.

The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games.

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Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft

YA WEWWELHOEFT, C.

Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.

Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

DontTurnAround

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

YA GAGNON, M.

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Insignia

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

YA SF MILLER, L.

In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.

Rush

Rush by Eve Silver

YA SF SILVER, E.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.

Coda

Coda by Emma Trevayne

YA SF TREVAYNE, E.

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

InRealLife

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

YA GRAPH DOCTOROW

Immersing herself in an online role-playing game where she enjoys fantasy heroics, Anda confronts a difficult choice when she befriends a disadvantaged Chinese kid who works illegally to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money.

SwordArtOnline
YA GRAPH KAWAHARA, R. V.1
An astute teen, Yuuki Asuna spends most of her time studying for her high school entrance exams. One day, she borrows her brother’s virtual reality game, ‘Sword Art Online,’ and finds herself trapped in its fantasy world. Soon, though, she learns the mechanics of the game, develops her swordplay technique and impresses a pro gamer who invites her to join the best players on the front lines. Is Asuna ready to swap her hard-earned education ethics for high-rank play in a virtual realm?

Teen Novels Set in Australia

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

YA WOOD, F.

Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.
Dead I Know
YA GARDNER, S.
Aaron Rowe’s new job at a funeral parlor may be his salvation from sleepwalking, dreams he can not explain and memories he can not recover, but if he does not discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.
Razorhurst
YA LARBALASTIER, J.
In 1932, in Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses.
Afterlight
YA LIM, R.
Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart. But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start. That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to tie up some loose ends. But dealing with the dead might just involve he greatest sacrifice of all.
GoldenBoys
YA HARTNETT, S.
Rex and Tabby Jenson and their sons, Colt and Bastian, arrive in Freya Kiley’s Australian neighborhood with little fanfare, but their presence sends fissures throughout their modest community.
YA SF HEALEY, K.
In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl–playing the guitar, falling in love, and protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.
YA HOWELL, S.
Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
YA FOXLEE, K.
Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.
Graffiti Moon
YA CROWLEY, C.
Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.
YA BUZO, L.
A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.
Stolen
YA CHRISTOPHER, L.
British city-dweller Gemma is abducted while on vacation and taken to the Australian outback, where she realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.
underdogs
YA ZUSAK, M.
Presents three novels in which two brothers, Ruben and Cameron Wolfe, strive to overcome the limitations of their family’s poverty, taking jobs as fighters, and Cameron, the younger brother, tries to find love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend.
PipersSon
YA MARCHETTA, M.
After his favorite uncle’s violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.
Jasper Jones
YA SILVEY, C.
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
Pink
YA WILKINSON, L.
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality–and sexual orientation–at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.
Little Wanting Song
YA CROWLEY, C.
One Australian summer, two very different sixteen-year-old girls–Charlie, a talented but shy musician, and Rose, a confident student longing to escape her tiny town–are drawn into an unexpected friendship, as told in their alternating voices.
YA CLARKE, J.
Clementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent.
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.
Anatomy of Wings
YA FOXLEE, K.
After the suicide of her troubled teenage sister, eleven-year-old Jenny struggles to understand what actually happened.
JellicoeRoad
YA MARCHETTA, M.
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.

 

YA MORIARTY, J.
Class brain Bindy Mackenzie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help.
YA MARSDEN, J.
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.