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FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR: Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction

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Ship breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo.


In 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.


Beckett, Bernard, 1968-


Set on a remote island in a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden world, this bold and ingenious thriller questions what it means to be human as philosophical questions collide with technology.


Bertagna, Julie.


First in the Exodus series (Exodus, Zenith). In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray, 1920-


Story of a society in which all books are to be burned.

City of screams

Brindley, John, 1954-


Life already hangs in precarious balance for Phoenix and her family and friends as rebellion bubbles beneath every surface, but when the Adults return, offering desperate acts of salvation, they seem to forget that nature itself is calling the shots.

World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war

Brooks, Max.


A series of first-person accounts about the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat.

Killer of enemies

Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-


"In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage"--

The roar

Clayton, Emma.


In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her.

The hunger games

Collins, Suzanne.


First in Hunger Games series (Hunger Games, Catching Fire). In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

The maze runner

Dashner, James, 1972-


Sixteen-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 city of Ember

DuPrau, Jeanne.


First in the Ember series (City of Ember, People of Sparks, Prophet of Yonwood, Diamond of Darkhold). In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.


Fisher, Catherine, 1957-


To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

The other side of the island

Goodman, Allegra.


Born in the eighteenth 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.


Grant, Michael, 1954-


In 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.

Among the hidden

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.


First in the Shadow Children series (Among the Hidden, Among the Imposters, etc.). In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.


Hautman, Pete, 1952-


In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

The eleventh plague

Hirsch, Jeff.


Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

Brave new world and Brave new world revisited

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.


Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class.

The giver

Lowry, Lois.


In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.

The resistance

Malley, Gemma.


Sequel to The Declaration. In a future England where young people, or "Surpluses," are heavily regulated and everyone takes a drug called Longevity+, a member of the Underground infiltrates the Pincent Pharma manufacturing plant, and uncovers horrific acts being committed in an attempt to create eternal youth.

The Unidentified

Mariz, Rae.


In 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.

The road

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-


At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, "The Road" is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the sometimes terrifying power of filial love.

The aftermath

Michelle, Sara.


Survivors begin to accept their new reality seven days after "The End," which came with no warning except from the predictions of Nostradamus.

Winter's end

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude.


Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier.

The knife of never letting go

Ness, Patrick, 1971-


First in the Chaos Walking series (Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer). Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

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