Posted by Sam (YA Librarian) on January 14, 2011

The Diary of Pelly D – L.J. Adlington

YA/SF/ADL

PellyWhen Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by holocaust-like events, he begins to question his own beliefs.


Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi 

YA/FIC/BAC

ShipIn a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


The Maze Runner – James Dashner

YA/SF/DAS

MazeSixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.


The Silenced - James DeVita

YA/FAN/DEV

SilencedConsigned to a prison-like Youth Training Facility because of her parents’ political activities, Marena organizes a resistance movement to combat the restrictive policies of the ruling Zero Tolerance party.


Little Brother - Cory Doctorow

YA/FIC/DOC

BrotherAfter being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.


  The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer

YA/SF/FAR

ScorpionIn a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.


Truancy – Isamu Fukui

YA/FAN/FUK

TruancyIn the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.


The Other Side of the Island – Alegra Goodman

YA/SF/GOO

IslandBorn in the eighth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another “Unpredictable,” to uncover a terrible secret about their Island and the Corporation that runs everything.


Gone – Michael Grant

YA/FIC/GRA

GoneIn a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.


The Line – Teri Hall

YA/SF/HAL

LineRachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.


Hole in the Sky – Pete Hautman

YA/SF/HAU

HoleIn a future world ravaged by a mutant virus, sixteen-year-old Ceej and three other teenagers seek to save the Grand Canyon from being flooded, while trying to avoid capture by a band of renegade Survivors.


Epic – Conor Kostick

YA/SF/KOS

EpicOn 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.


The Unidentified – Rae Mariz

YA/SF/MAR

UnidentifiedIn a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey “Kid” Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to.


Inside Out – Maria V. Snyder

YA/SF/SNY

Inside“…I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job, and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels. The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to-girl to lead a revolution”