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

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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.

Shade's children

Nix, Garth.


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.


O'Brien, Caragh M.


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.


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 the nation of Oceania. Everywhere he goes, the Party watches him through telescreens. Everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, Big Brother. The Party controls everything. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal and is the worst of all crimes.

Epitaph Road

Patneaude, David.


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.

Life as we knew it

Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-


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. First of three related books.

How I live now

Rosoff, Meg.


To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.


Shusterman, Neal.


In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Smith, Alexander Gordon, 1979-


When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible. First in the Escape from the Furnace series.

The comet's curse : a Galahad book

Testa, Dom.


Desperate to save the human race after a comet's deadly particles devastate the adult population, scientists create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system.

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