young adult science fiction
Posted On: Dec 6, 2013 In: Book Lists, Teen Zone
Warped by Melissa Guibord
Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Half Lives by Sara Grant
Have you recently read a great book and don’t know what to read next? Do you have a suggestion for fans of a certain title? Let us know and we’ll feature it in our next like—try—why post!
Posted On: Aug 13, 2013 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
Political intrigue on a generation starship? I was immediately intrigued by Starglass by Phoebe North.
Terra has spent her entire life on the spaceship Asherah, as have generations before her. A group of cultural Jews boarded it 500 years ago just before Earth was hit with an asteroid that was destined to destroy all life on the planet. The ship has been heading towards a new planet they are hoping to populate. But just as they are preparing to land on the new planet, an underground rebel group is poised to challenge the leaders of the ship and the rigid social order that has been necessary to keep the ship running. Read More..
Posted On: Jun 26, 2013 In: Book Lists, Teen Zone
Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? Are you not sure what to read next? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Read More..
Posted On: May 17, 2013 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? What if your new bestie was an M-16 rifle? What if you watched your mother die of a terrible virus and your father get shot in the head by a soldier you thought was there to save you? What if the enemy was impossible to detect and you didn’t know who to trust?
Posted On: Nov 24, 2012 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
Rachel Cohn is best known for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, two popular contemporary and realistic young adult novels. When I saw she was coming out with a science fiction dystopian novel, I was intrigued.
Beta is set on the otherworldly island of Demesne, where the air is so full of oxygen, the environment so lush, it seems like paradise. The island is staffed by clones made from the bodies of those who have died, and these clones serve the elite humans who make Demesne their home. Elysia is one of the first teen clones, making her a Beta. Read More..
Posted On: Nov 5, 2012 In: Book Lists, Teen Zone
Do you like historical fiction? Science fiction? Fantasy? Then steampunk, which combines elements of all three, might be your new favorite genre.
But what is steampunk?
In its purest form, steampunk is fiction set in the late Victorian era (late 1800s through World War I) and usually in Great Britain, though it can be set in other locales (think the American Wild West). But instead of straight historical fiction, these stories are imbued with fantastical re-imaginings of steam era technologies. Think retro-futuristic weapons, transportation, and fashion. Though often set in the past, these stories offer alternative histories: a “what might have been” look at the future from the perspective of Victorians.
These novels all contain some aspect of steampunk. Whether you’re interested in science fiction, romance, fantasy, or historical fiction, steampunk has something to offer you.
Posted On: Nov 3, 2012 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
So, there are a lot of dystopian YA novels out there, and a whole new crop of them this fall. In fact, there were so many I had to update my If you liked The Hunger Games” flowchart (and I still feel like I’m leaving some out).
Despite the seemingly endless supply of novels about a teen challenging the authority of their seemingly perfect yet obviously malicious society, none are quite like Crewel by Gennifer Albin.
Posted On: Oct 31, 2012 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
Since I read A Wrinkle in Time, I have been fascinated with time travel. Whether it involved going back into the past or light-years into the future I was always intrigued by these kind of stories. Though I have never been much of a science nerd, I blazed through Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, especially the chapter on wormholes and time travel.
But at the end of the day, what really draws me into a book is the love story, so I was interested to read Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Read More..
Posted On: Oct 7, 2012 In: Staff Picks, Teen Zone
Every time we get a new vampire book, I’m astonished someone is still publishing them. In the young adult section here at Lawrence Public Library, we have 198 books under the the subject heading vampires–fiction. I’m a fan of vampire books, but after some disappointing selections, I’ve become wary of new additions to this bloated genre.
But I decided to take a chance on The Immortal Rules, and I’m glad I did. Julie Kawaga has made a unique and gripping contribution to young adult vampire fiction.
Posted On: Oct 6, 2012 In: Book Lists, Teen Zone
Tomorrow we’re hosting Star Wars Read Day at the library! After you compete in a Wookiee yelling contest and make some Star Wars crafts, don’t forget to stop by the Teen Zone and check out one of these great Star Wars reads. We have an excellent selection of graphic novels, nonfiction, and novels that explore every aspect of the Star Wars universe. Travel to a galaxy far away with one of these books!