YA Sci-Fi

YA Sci-Fi

Space is vast—and so is our selection of teen science fiction titles! We have books with epic space adventures, even more epic space battles, espionage, robots, cool tech, and foreign worlds.

Compiled by:
Sam O. and Lizzy S.
A Conspiracy of Stars

Olivia A. Cole
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Cole)

Octavia dreams of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N’Terra scientists who studies the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the once-secretive labs are suddenly opened to students, she leaps at the chance. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems on Faloiv, and the experiments the whitecoats have been doing run the risk of upsetting the humans’ fragile peace with the Faloii, Faloiv’s indigenous people.

The Diabolic

S.J. Kincaid
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Kincaid)

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and thegalaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.

The Disasters

MK England
(Young Adult Fiction - Y England)

Nax's one-way trip back to Earth is cut short after the school is hijacked by terrorists. Now he and a handful of other space Academy washouts are the only surviving pilots. In order to spread the truth about the attack, Nax and his fellow failures must execute a dangerous heist.

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Rhoda Belleza
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Belleza)

When their paths cross after a brutal attack Aly is falsely accused of making on Rhee, they are forced to work together to save their own lives and the universe.

The Forgetting

Sharon Cameron
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Cameron)

Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls—but every twelve years, the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives. But somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes the Forgetting, and how to put a stop to forever.

Heart of Iron

Ashley Poston
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Poston)

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09 -- one of the last remaining illegal Metals -- has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Honor Among Thieves

Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Caine)

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. When Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

How Long 'til Black Future Month?

NK Jemisin
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Jemisin)

In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.

Ignite the Stars

Maura Milan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Milan)

When the notorious I.A. Cōcha is captured by the Olympus Commonwealth and revealed to be a sixteen-year-old girl, she is sentenced to correctional rehabilitation at a training ground for the elite Star Force where she forms unlikely alliances.


Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kaufman)

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

Last Star Burning

Caitlin Sangster
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sangste)

To escape execution for a crime she didn't commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from her city into the wilderness. With nowhere to turn, Sev has to figure out who she can trust in a world where trusting the wrong person could mean not only her life but the lives of everyone she loves.

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike)

Jay Kristoff
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Kristof)

Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.


Maria Dahvana Headley
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Headley)

Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by a unique lung disease and her evolving friendship with Jason, but just before her sixteenth birthday, she's swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity.


Somaiya Daud
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Daud)

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry; she dreams of having adventures, and traveling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnaped and brought to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is to become a body double for the hated princess Maram.

Once & Future

Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Capetta)

Resets the Arthurian legend in outer space, with King Arthur reincarnated as seventeen-year-old Ari, a female king whose quest is to stop a tyrannical corporate government, aided by a teenaged Merlin.


Alexandra Bracken
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bracken)

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she's inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she's never heard of. 

The Pioneer

Bridget Tyler
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Tyler)

When Jo steps onto planet Tau Ceti e, it should be thehappiest moment of her life. She's dreamed of the day she and her family would leave Earth forever and begin life as pioneers on a new planet. But now she can't stop thinking of everything that has gone wrong on their mission: the terrible accident that almost destroyed their craft, that set their voyage back years, that killed her brother, that left her unable to fly . . .

Rebel Seoul

Axie Oh
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oh)

In 2199 in the Neo State of Korea, eighteen-year-old Jaewon is partnered with super soldier Tera, but their evolving love is threatened when Jaewon must choose among conflicting loyalties--to the totalitarian government that promises to end all war, the nationalist rebels his father followed, or the crime syndicate staging a coup.


Lauren Oliver
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oliver)

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility.


Arwen Elys Dayton
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Dayton)

After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, fifteen, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as an assassin.

Sky Without Stars

Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Brody)

This sweeping re-imagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre.


Brandon Sanderson
(Young Adult - Y Sanders)

When a long-term attack against her world by the alien Krell escalates, Spensa's dream of becoming a pilot may come true, despite her deceased father being labeled a deserter.

A Spark of White Fire

Sangu Mandanna
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mandann)

When Esmae wins a contest of skill, she sets off events that trigger an inevitable and unwinnable war that pits her against the family she would give anything to return to. In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful

Arwen Elys Dayton
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Dayton)

Six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of human.

A Thousand Pieces of You

Claudia Gray
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gray)

When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine's father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father's killer and avenge his murder.


Cindy Pon
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pon)

Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.


Marie Lu
(Young Adult Fiction – Y Lu)

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game, it's a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Fiction - J Brown)

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wildisland with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.


Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Alsberg)

The all-girl crew of the starship Marauder is tested by a bounty hunter from their powerful mercenary leader's past; while across the galaxy, a ruthless tyrant waits in the shadows to exact revenge for the destruction of her people.