Future Worlds: 13 Riveting Speculative Fiction Books for Teens

Whether the future is scientific or magical, on our planet or in space, there are so many options for good storytelling!  This week’s list for is once again in collaboration with our teen librarian Ms. D – she read and suggested some of the ones I have not, though I’ve also included some I want to read.  Thanks also to our intern Nick for his help with covers and copy (which is here adapted from official copy rather than purely my own as usual, though links still go to my own reviews where available.)  And as always, if I missed your favorite book that would fit this list, please let me know!

Future Worlds

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney. Ebook and audiobook on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla. 
The first time a Nightmare came, Alice nearly lost her life. Now, with magic weapons and hard-core fighting skills, she battles these monstrous creatures in the dream realm known as Wonderland.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
Seventeen-year-old Marisol never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States by participating in an experimental study.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer. First book Cinder. Ebook and audiobook on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla.
In the first of this series of futuristic fairy tale retellings, a teenage cyborg named Cinder deals with her wicked stepmother, learns secrets about herself, and starts a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana.  

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
 In a world ravaged by global warming, white people have lost the ability to dream, which has led to widespread madness. Only 16-year Frenchie and Indigenous people like him are still able to dream – and they are being hunted for their marrow as the cure for the rest of the world. 

Mirage by Somaiya Daud. Ebook and audiobook on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla.
In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani dreams of having an adventure and traveling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken to become a body double for the cruel and hated half-Vathek Princess Maram.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Ebook on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla.
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.

Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone. Ebook could be on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla.
An original series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri! Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda.

Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Ebook could be on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla. 
Generations after an unknown Change eliminated electricity and gave people unusual powers, the Southern Californian town of Las Anclas must deal with the consequences when a teenage prospector comes to stay

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi – Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam’s mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.

Want by Cindy Pon. Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi.  Ebook and audiobook on Libby.
In 2172, when much of the world is unlivable, sisters Onyii and Ify dream of escaping war-torn Nigeria and finding a better future together but are, instead, torn apart.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Ebook on Libby.
Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.


About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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2 Responses to Future Worlds: 13 Riveting Speculative Fiction Books for Teens

  1. Scythe is so amazing!! I LOVE that book 🥰 & I think the idea and the way Wilder Girls is told, is wonderful and although I didn’t like the ending of it, I can’t wait to read more from the author 😍👏🏻

    • Katy K. says:

      Thank you for sharing! I haven’t actually read Wilder Girls, but my teen librarian suggested it for this list, so I’m glad to hear you thought it was good!

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