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

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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.


Wells, Dan, 1977-


In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a man-made race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training.


Westerfeld, Scott.


Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, the authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.

Storm thief

Wooding, Chris, 1977-


With the help of a golem, two teenaged thieves try to survive on the city island of Orokos, where unpredictable probability storms continually change both the landscape and the inhabitants.

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