9 Sensational Works of YA Science Fiction

Science fiction is an exciting genre that has been captivating readers young and old for generations. Teenagers and adults alike will love sinking their teeth into these nine sensational works of YA sci-fi. From dytopian futures to time travel, these captivating stories cover a wide range of fascinating topics. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

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9 Sensational Works of YA Science Fiction

Title Author(s) More by the Author
1. Resilience Lance Erlick Vigilance
2. Initiate John Darryl Winston B.O.S.S.
3. Untimed Andy Gavin The Darkening Dream
4. Restore Susan Kaye Quinn The Duality Bridge
5. Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade Sky of Fire and Ash
6. Sunset Rising S.M. McEachern Worlds Collide
7. Meritropolis Joel Ohman Meritorium
8. City of Words Steven J. Carroll In the Window Room
9. Stars and Steam Anthea Sharp Comets and Corsets

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Science fiction novels often appeal to a young adult audience. Whether they're set in dystopian worlds or space-age cities, these books can act as a playground for a teenager's imagination. With that in mind, here are nine sensational Y.A. sci-fi reads, listed in no particular order.

At the #1 spot is "Resilience" by Lance Erlick. Regina Shen is a young outcast who is forced to live with her family on the swampy islands near barrier walls. She is being hunted by Chief Inspector Demarco because her unique DNA could prevent human extinction. Regina is hesitant, but soon, she is compelled to barter fairly with Demarco in order to rescue her sister and save their lives from the threat of a hurricane.

Following at #2 is "I.A.: Initiate," the first installment in the I.A. trilogy by John Darryl Winston. It features Naz, a thirteen-year-old boy whose sole motivation is his younger sister, Meri. They both have to deal with homelessness and violence triggered by a gang in the Exclave, the urban ghetto where they live. Naz also deals with the voices in his head, and learning to control his newfound supernatural abilities.

They both have to deal with homelessness and violence triggered by a gang in the Exclave, the urban ghetto where they live.

Coming in at #3 is "Untimed," a historical fantasy. Written by Andy Gavin, the plot involves time travel and adventure. Main character Charlie is taken to 1725 London following a violent encounter with a mysterious clockwork man. There, he meets Yvaine, a strong-willed and optimistic girl from the past with a colorful reputation. Together, they fight to survive, overcoming difficulties such as greed and conspiracies among time travelers.

Next, at #4 is "Restore" by Susan Kaye Quinn. The first in a five-book series, this is a story of love and artificial intelligence. The novel is written from the perspective of a robot named Restorative Human Medical Care Unit 7435. The bot is sent to the home of Sherrie, a twenty-year-old artist who has suffered from lymphoma. As the tale continues, the robot experiences an emotional connection with a helpless medical situation.

Taking the #5 spot is "Our Dark Stars" by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade. Fast-paced and action-packed, this book tells the story of Princess Talia Starchaser, an heiress who is forced by her fiance to betray her robot best friend. This leads to a catastrophic event, destroying humans and setting the princess afloat in space. One hundred years later, she is found by Will, a captain who used to be human. They forge an unlikely alliance and attempt to restore order to the galaxy.

Fast-paced and action-packed, this book tells the story of Princess Talia Starchaser, an heiress who is forced by her fiance to betray her robot best friend.

Following at #6 is "Sunset Rising" by S.M. McEachern. This novel is set in the year 2307, and humans live inside a biodome, divided into two societies. The privileged people live in the Dome while the workers, including Sunny O'Donnell, survive in the Pit. Sunny is a slave who wants to have a better life. During a chance encounter with the President's daughter, Leisel, she agrees to be her double. Soon, she is accused of treason, but Leisel's fiance, Jack, comes to her rescue.

Coming in at #7 is "Meritropolis" by Joel Ohman. In this story, main character Charley lives in a walled city, ruled by a scoring system that determines a person's fate. If your score is low, you are thrown outside the city walls, and must face dark creatures that lurk there. When his brother is banished to this dangerous land, Charley vows to change the system. But as one of the high scorers, he believes that he is being watched. This makes it difficult for him to plan a rebellion.

At the #8 spot is "City of Words" by Steven J. Carroll. Set in a dystopian future, this is a tale of oppression and survival. Protagonist Alpha has only known life under the ruling power of the Common. All of its citizens have implants that monitor what they see and hear. Alpha has learned to survive this kind of world, but when he and Theta, the girl he cares about, are threatened, they decide to escape and find refuge somewhere beyond the city.

Set in a dystopian future, this is a tale of oppression and survival.

Finally, at #9 is "Stars and Steam" by Anthea Sharp. This is a collection of five short tales, each with interesting and unique characters. All the stories are set in the same fascinating universe, where aliens interact with a monarchy in Britain. The long-lasting empire, ruled by a queen, spreads out to different worlds throughout the galaxies. Sci-fi fans will surely enjoy this engaging read that cleverly mixes intergalactic relationships, nanotechnology, and royalty.