Novels for Teen Gamers

EpicEpic by Conor Kostick

YA SF KOSTICK, C.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades 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.

GamerGirlGamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

YA MANCUSI, M.

Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Eye of MindsThe 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.

DontTurnAroundDon’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.

For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

readyplayeroneReady 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.

InsigniaInsignia 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.

HeirApparentHeir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

YA SF VANDE VELDE, V.

While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

HeadGames2Head Games by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICKS, M.

Two teenagers connect online in a role-playing game which leads them into their own face-to-face, half-acknowledged courtship.

feedFeed by M.T. Anderson

YA SF ANDERSON, M.

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.

evilgeniusEvil Genius by Catherine Jinks

YA SF JINKS, C.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

RushRush 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.

CodaCoda 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?

freetofallFree 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.

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.