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A Million Suns

A Million Suns
Series Title: sequel to Across the Universe
by Revis, Beth

When Elder discovers shocking news about Godspeed, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on the space ship. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.


A Web of Air

A Web of Air
Series Title: sequel to Fever Crumb
by Reeve, Philip

In Mayda, a post-apocalyptic city off the coast of Portugal, a brilliant young engineer and a mysterious recluse race to build a flying machine, unaware that powerful enemies will kill to possess--or destroy--their new technology.


Across the Universe

Across the Universe
by Revis, Beth

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.


Ashes

Ashes
by Bick, Ilsa J.

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.


Birthmarked

Birthmarked
by 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.


Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Series Title: Hunger Games #2
by Collins, Suzanne
YOUNG ADULT FICTION COL
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.


Crossed

Crossed
Series Title: sequel to Matched
by Condie, Allyson Brathwaite

Seventeen-year-old Cassia sacrifices everything and heads to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, where she is confronted with shocking revelations about Society and the promise of rebellion.


Delirium

Delirium
Series Title: Delirium trilogy, 1
by Oliver, Lauren

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.


Divergent

Divergent
by Roth, Veronica

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


Extras

Extras
Series Title: Uglies #4
by Westerfeld, Scott

Now that the world is in a complete cultural renaissance, fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse, an Extra, just wants to lay low, so when she discovers the secret lives of the Sly Girls, she wants to report their story, but Aya knows that would propel her into celebrity--a status she's not prepared for.


Feed

Feed
by Anderson , M.T

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.


Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb
by Reeve, Philip

Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.


Hunger Games

Hunger Games
Series Title: Hunger Games trilogy
by Collins, Suzanne
YA Fiction
Book #1: 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.


Incarceron

Incarceron
by Fisher, Catherine
YOUNG ADULT FICTION FIS
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.


Insurgent

Insurgent
Series Title: sequel to Divergent
by Roth, Veronica

As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.


Life as we knew it

Life as we knew it
by Pfeffer, Susan Beth
YA Fiction
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.




Little Brother

Little Brother
by Doctorow, Cory

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.


Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death
by Griffin, Bethany

In this twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story, a wealthy teenaged girl who can afford a special mask to protect her from the plague that decimated humanity in the mid-1800s, falls in love, becomes caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow an oppressive government, and faces the threat of a new plague.


Matched

Matched
by Condie, Allyson Brathwaite

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?


Mockingjay

Mockingjay
Series Title: Hunger Games #3
by Collins, Suzanne

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.


Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men
Series Title: Chaos Walking #3
by Ness, Patrick

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.


Pandemonium

Pandemonium
Series Title: Delirium trilogy, 2
by Oliver, Lauren

After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.


Pretties

Pretties
Series Title: Uglies #2
by Westerfeld, Scott

Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.


Sapphique

Sapphique
Series Title: sequel to Incarceron
by Fisher, Catherine

After his escape from the sentient prison, Incarceron, Finn finds that the Realm is not at all what he expected, and he does not know whether he is to be its king, how to free his imprisoned friends, or how to stop Incarceron's quest to be free of its own nature.


Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker
by Bacigalupi, Paolo
YA Fiction BAC
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.


Specials

Specials
Series Title: Uglies #3
by Westerfeld, Scott

When she is turned into a super-modelesque super-fighting machine, Tally, a former ugly, is ordered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid in a carefully engineered world of perfection where she refuses to play by the rules.


The Ask and the Answer

The Ask and the Answer
Series Title: Chaos Walking #2
by Ness, Patrick

Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor's oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other's thoughts.


The Death Cure

The Death Cure
Series Title: Maze Runner Trilogy, 3
by Dashner, James

As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.


The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague
by 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.


The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
Series Title: Hunger Games Trilogy
by Collins, Suzanne
YA Fiction COL
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 Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Series Title: Chaos Walking #1
by Ness, Patrick

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.


The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
Series Title: Maze Runner Trilogy, 1
by Dashner, James

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 Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials
Series Title: Maze Runner Trilogy, 2
by Dashner, James

After surviving horrific conditions in the Maze, Thomas is entrapped, along with nineteen other boys, in a scientific experiment designed to observe their responses and gather data believed to be essential for the survival of the human race.


The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds
by McMann, Lisa
J FIC MCM
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.


Uglies

Uglies
Series Title: Uglies #1
by Westerfeld, Scott
YA Fiction
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.