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

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The hunger games

Collins, Suzanne.

TEEN COLLINS

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-

TEEN DASHNER

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.

J DUPRAU

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.


Incarceron

Fisher, Catherine, 1957-

TEEN FISHER

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.

TEEN GOODMAN

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.


Gone

Grant, Michael, 1954-

TEEN GRANT

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.

TEEN HADDIX

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.


Rash

Hautman, Pete, 1952-

TEEN HAUTMAN

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.

TEEN HIRSCH

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.

FIC HUXLEY

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.

TEEN LOWRY

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.

TEEN MALLEY

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.

TEEN MARIZ

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-

FIC MCCARTH

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.

TEEN MICHELL

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.

TEEN MOURLEV

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-

TEEN NESS

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.


Shade's children

Nix, Garth.

TEEN NIX

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.


Birthmarked

O'Brien, Caragh M.

TEEN OBRIEN

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.


Z for Zachariah

O'Brien, Robert C.

TEEN OBRIEN

Seemingly the only person left alive after a nuclear war, a sixteen-year-old girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape.


Nineteen eighty-four

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.

On Order

Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language. Currently, the Party is forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak, which attempts to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Such thoughtcrime is, in fact, the worst of all crimes.


Epitaph Road

Patneaude, David.

TEEN PATNEAU

In 2097, men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women, and fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed ninety-seven percent of the male population thirty years earlier.


The adoration of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary (Mary E.)

TEEN PEARSON

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.


For darkness shows the stars

Peterfreund, Diana.

TEEN PETERFR

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth'an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret'one that could change their society...or bring it to its knees.


Life as we knew it

Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-

TEEN PFEFFER

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.


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