Aliens and UFO’s!: X-Files read-a-likes for Teens

the 5th Wave book cover

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA YANCEY, R.
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Icons

Icons by Margaret Stohl
YA SF STOHL, M.
After an alien force known as the Icon colonizes Earth, decimating humanity, four surviving teenagers must piece together the mysteries of their pasts–in order to save the future.

Scan

Scan by Walter Jury and S. E. Fine
YA SF JURY, W.
Tate Archer outruns armed government officials as he tries to keep his now dead father’s strange invention out of the wrong hands, alien hands.

FirstDayEarth

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci
YA SF CASTELUCCI, C.
Believing he was abducted by aliens several years earlier during a mysterious three-day disappearance he cannot remember, pensive misfit Mal meets Hooper at an abductee support group and learns otherworldly secrets that reveal profound possibilities for his future.

Rules

The Rules by Stacey Kade
YA KADE, S.
At sixteen, Ariane Tucker has been careful to elude those seeking her since her escape from a genetics lab ten years earlier, but the attention of classmate Zane, both frightening and intoxicating, tempts her to risk violating at least one of her adoptive father’s five simple rules.

I am Number Four book cover

I am Number Four by Pictacus Lore
YA SF LORE, P.
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Hitchhikers

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
YA SF ADAMS, D.
Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent.

Stuck on Earth

Stuck on Earth by David Klass
YA SF KLASS, D.
On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.

Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
YA ARMENTROUT, J.
When seventeen-year-old Katy moves to West Virginia she expects to be bored, until she meets her neighbor who just happens to be an alien.

Invasion

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis
YA LEWIS, J.
After his parents are killed in an automobile accident, sixteen-year-old Colt McAllister moves to Arizona where he is recruited by a secret organization to join the battle against malevolent, supernatural creatures from another world.

LivingHell

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks
YA SF JINKS, C.
Chronicles the transformation of a spaceship into a living organism, as seventeen-year-old Cheney leads the hundreds of inhabitants in a fight for survival while machines turn on them, treating all humans as parasites.

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
YA SF CARD, O.
A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.

DangerousDaysDanielX

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
YA SF PATTERSON, J.
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.

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.

SpaceCowboy

Space Cowboy by Justin Stanchfield
YA SF STANCHFIELD, J.
Teenage cowboy Travis McClure is desperate for adventure. He’s bored with life on the remote planet of Aletha Three where he herds cattle all day. But everything changes when he comes face-to-face with a creature that should only exist in nightmares.

Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
A member of a species that takes over the minds of human bodies, Wanderer is unable to disregard her host’s love for a man in hiding, a situation that forces both possessor and host to become unwilling allies.

LifeMars

Life on Mars: tales from the new frontier edited by Jonathan Strahan
YA SF LIFE
Mars! The Red Planet! For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities. After reading Life on Mars , readers will never look at the fourth planet from the sun the same way again.

PromGoers

The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA SF MCCOY, C.
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.