Whats New Category: Science Fiction
Need some reading suggestions for Winter Break!? Checkout Teen Librarian Colleen’s recommended titles below from her list of books she read this year. And don’t forget to stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk to learn more about the Teen Winter Reading program for your chance to win!
YA PIERSON, D.
Recommended to: Anyone who what’s to laugh out loud! The premise itself is hilarious: a teen boy finds out he is to be the next leader of a fantastical kingdom, only when he gets there it is literally crap. The kingdom is mostly literal garbage and its citizens aren’t much better. What happens after he rejects his destiny..? Well, it definitely gets more weird and more funny!
YA SF SKOVRON, J.
Recommended to: Readers who like a spin on classic tales. This is a modern day Frankenstein, but the main character is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. There are all kinds of other traditional monsters and classic literature beasts that make appearances. The bonus is that this novel is also packed with a ton of sci-fi elements.
YA MY CAVALLARO, B.
Recommended to: Those that love mysteries! This is a play on the Sherlock Holmes story where you have the great great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and the great great grandson of John Watson attending the same boarding school and who happen to just become embroiled in solving a mystery. This definitely kept me guessing and the relationship between Charlotte and Jaime is well-played!
YA TOTEN, T.
Recommended to: Realistic Fiction readers. This is a frenemy story with a psychological twist. It can get pretty gritty but if you like drama and a story where a character or characters are struggling with psychological disorders or depression, then this book is for you.
YA FFORDE, J.
Recommended to: Those who love British fantasy! Seriously, this has everything that a British fantasy fan could want. Humor, magicians, dragons, and a young woman in the middle of everything that just wants to be left alone. Definitely something to read if you have loved Terry Pratchett’s works.
YA HAMILTON, A.
Recommended to: Those looking for a unique read. This novel is part Arabian fantasy and part Western. If you love kick-butt female leads then this is also a book you should pick up! It’s action packed and kept me turning the page!
YA MOLDAVSKY, G.
Recommended to: Anyone who has ever been a fangirl or who likes a quirky novel that makes you laugh. This book is darkly funny and has a bit of mystery to it. It is definitely a must-read!
YA CARTER, A.
Recommended to: Readers who like political thrillers. This is a fantastic novel about a teen who lives in a fictional country called Adria where her grandfather is an ambassador and they live in an area filled with many other ambassador residences. Her mother was murdered years ago and it is only now that she happens to come across clues as to why and follows a dangerous trail to discover her mother’s killer. Filled with many twists and turns this is an intense read!
YA MCKAY, K.
Recommended to: Those who love zombies! I have, admittedly, read as many zombie novels as I can get my hands on. I love them! Undead was one I just wasn’t drawn to right away, but I am so glad I picked it up! It is a good mix of danger, gore, and comedy. I also love the premise of being stuck in a ski town in Scotland, on a school ski trip, with packs of roaming undead. It’s definitely one of the best zombie novels that I have read in awhile!
YA MY GLEASON, C.
Recommended to: Steampunk fans! This novel takes the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker and puts them in a steampunk Victorian London to solve their first mystery together that may or may not be tied to an ancient Egyptian cult! There’s so much in this novel! It’s an action-packed page turner with to very interesting and very tough female leads.
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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.
YA SF LANDERS, M.
Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.
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.
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.
YA KAUFMAN, A.
Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YA SF CARD, O.
Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
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.
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.
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?
YA MORACHO, C.
Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.
YA FOLEY, J.
It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.
YA BROTHERS, M.
Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
YA LENNON, T.
Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.
YA ASHER, J.
Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.
YA DANFORTH, E.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
YA JENSEN, C.
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.
YA BONDOUX, A.
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.
YA CHBOSKY, S.
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.
YA BUXBAUM, J.
Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.
YA OSTROVSKI, E.
Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.
YA STROHMEYER, S.
Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?
YA DINAN, K.
To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.
YA JOHNSON, C.
A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.
YA DERTING, K.
The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had… but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
YA BROCKMANN, S.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid joins her best friend Cal, Dana, a girl with supernatural abilities, and Dana’s friend Milo on a quest to rescue young Sasha from the Organization that kidnapped her because, according to Dana, Sky and Sasha both have special abilities, too.
YA BRACKEN, A.
Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.
YA WASSERMAN, R.
After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.
YA RIGGS, R.
YA KURTAGICH, D.
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.
YA KIERNAN, C.
After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.
Review: I enjoyed the book because it had comedy, suspense, and adventure all in one.
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Review submitted by Benjamin