What are the good science fiction books that teenagers must-read?

What are some good science fiction books suitable for teenagers? Books that are too esoteric will feel boring, so you might as well take a look at science fiction. 

The following are recommended Best Science Fiction Books for Teens (2022) - Must-Read!, I hope you will like them!

The famous American literary critic Ihab Hassan once said: "Science fiction may be philosophically naive, morally simple, aesthetically somewhat subjective, or rough, but it’s the best. 

On the one hand, it seems to have touched the nerve center of the collective dream of mankind, liberating certain illusions hidden in our human machine."
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15 Best Science Fiction Books for Teens (2022) - Must-Read! 

The biggest feature of science fiction is that it gives "fantasy" the great possibility of being realized in the future by relying on technology, and even some "science fiction" has indeed become a reality in science many years later. 

Therefore, science fiction has an unprecedented "predictiveness". The categories involved in science fiction are always closely linked to human curiosity and thirst for knowledge and are excellent readings for teenagers.

Here is a selection of science fiction introductory books recommended by American parents and suitable for teenagers.

1. Ender's Game 


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

One of the world's three major science fiction novels, it easily won the "Nebula Award" and "Hugo Award" after it was first published in 1985. The following year, the sequel of "Ender's Game" "The Representative of the Image of the Dead" won the triple crown again. 

And ranked first on the New York Times bestseller list. Based on the background of science fiction, from the perspective of young people's spiritual growth, he tells the story of the protagonist's growth. 

The novel has a very strong sense of the picture, and the unexpected arrangement of the plot allows you to step into Ander's heart step by step to reflect on the meaning of life. It can be said that this set of books has reached an unprecedented height in terms of science fiction, thinking, or readability. There has never been a precedent in the history of science fiction literature.

You can find this book on the shelves of almost every bookstore in the world. "Ender's Game" has now become a kind of culture, and all readers who love science fiction in the world will talk about it. 

This book explores the end of the world, explores the destiny of mankind, explores the possibilities of other civilizations in the universe, but more importantly, tells how a teenager grows up under extreme difficulties. To this day, it is still a must-read novel for American teenagers. You can think of it as the "Evangelion" of the United States.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Nominated by PBS The Great American Read

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a science fiction novel by Douglas Adams. The earth was destroyed because of the need to build a hyperspace fast track where it was. 

The protagonist Arthur Dent survived because he had a friend named Officer Ford. On the surface, this friend was an actor who couldn't find a job, but he was actually an alien. 

He was a researcher sent to the earth by the famous book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". The two began an adventure across the galaxy, and only the infinite wisdom included in the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" can help them. 

During the journey, they met a group of very interesting companions, these characters formed a small team, they will reveal a terrifying big secret.

3. The Hunger Games 


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

  • Swept the "New York Times", "USA Today", "Wall Street Times", "Publisher Weekly", Amazon Online Bookstore, American Independent Bookstore (Indie), and other best-seller lists, authorized 39 countries and regions around the world.
  • "The Hunger Games" topped the "New York Times" bestseller list, with 1,200,000 copies released in 66 weeks.
  • 2008 Cybils Youth Fantasy and Science Fiction Award
  • "Publisher Weekly" "Book of the Year"
  • "New York Times" "The Most Notable Book of the Year" "Book Review Editor's Choice"
  • American Library Association "Ten Works First Selected by Teenagers"
  • "School Library Journal" "Book of the Year"
  • 2008-2009 Winter Youth Books Ranking
  • Amazon Online Bookstore "Book of the Year" "Editor's Choice Top 100"
  • Barnes & Noble "Book of the Year"

While reading this book, I also read another seemingly unrelated book "Financial Empire". But in fact, the connection between the two books goes far beyond what I can share:

There are too many metaphors behind "The Hunger Games". In the international economic and financial system actually operated and controlled by the United States, as an actual "empire", The United States establishes all the rules that are beneficial to itself, forcing all countries to pay for their country's cheap and high-quality resources and products, and they will never allow any developing countries to really develop. 

because if the people of these countries have stronger consumption Abilities, the United States can no longer profit from unequal trade. All the foreign policies of the United States are exactly the same as the Capital in "The Hunger Games", only the form is different, and the essence is completely the same, each country is each country. It's just an area that provides resources or products for it.

The author's age may have been greatly affected by the Cold War, so the 13th district should be a projection of the former Soviet Union. In fact, present Russia is no longer the situation of the 13th district. 

The young people in the United States inciting Russia are like the 13th district inciting others. It is the same as the region, except that it is difficult for the Russian people to understand how the so-called liberal democracy they have learned from the outside world will affect their country.

Of course, it can't be said that "The Hunger Games" is purely a product of the Cold War, but the final fate of the hero and heroine is just an escape from the helpless reality, although such a realistic love story is valuable for literary works.

4. A Wrinkle in Time 


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

  Newbury Gold Medal Prize for Children's Literature, the first book in the "Time Quintet" series, author Madeleine Inge won the International Andersen Prize. This book is known to almost everyone in the United States. 

This is about the young Meg Murray and her brother Charles Wallace on a journey to the universe to find missing research time travel The story of his father.

  Little girl McGonagall has a special family. Her dearest father disappeared while studying the five-dimensional space. Three people living in a haunted house: Mrs. Worcester, Mrs. Pot, and Mrs. Weiqu. They know the whereabouts of Dad. 

So, in the middle of the night, McGonagall, his younger brother, and his classmate Calvin, who was a few years older than them, and these three mysterious and friendly alien angels began a magical, dangerous, and tortuous way to find family together. 

The way they travel is not through airplanes, rockets, or time shuttles, but through the magical folds of time, called latitude jumps. They enter from a plane and come out to stand on another distant planet.

  This book is full of love, tolerance, understanding, family, and friendship. The stories of three strange children are written to children and everyone.

5. The Giver 


The Giver by Lois Lowry

"The Giver" is one of the masterpieces of American writer Lois Lowry, a two-time Newbery Gold Award winner and a candidate for the International Andersen Award. This book was created in 1993. 

After its publication, it quickly attracted the attention of American book reviewers and education circles, and it became on the top ten bestseller list of the "New York Times".

Later in 2000, 2003, and 2012, Laurie continued the background and characters of "The Giver", and successively created three novels of "Historical Embroiderer", "Forest Messenger" and "Son", forming four "The Giver". songs. 

In August 2014, the film of the same name adapted from the book "The Giver" was released, which once again sparked the reading craze of "The Giver" worldwide.

"The Giver" is a profoundly thoughtful science fiction novel that tells the process of the growth and awakening of young Jonas, while also reflecting on the utopian system and the form of social organization. 

In the 1990s when this book was published, similar themes were still rare in youth novels. To some extent, Lois Laurie can be called the "originator of youth dystopian novels."

This is not a fairy tale, but something that happens to each of us every day. The world is highly uncertain, and its changes are beyond the ability of the human brain to handle. 

More importantly, human beings are responsive to this uncertainty. Instinct resistance and fear, therefore, simplification and expectation have become an important means for human beings to gain a sense of security, and we have reshaped the world, into a more secure world. 

But we lose our real experience of the world. As we grow, we gain more and more knowledge and more and more ignore real experience. But when we find that we are more and more able to deal with the problem, we are already on the verge of death.

Only by giving up the pursuit of certainty, facing uncertainty, and cherishing the precious real experience is real life. Only then can we come to the real human world like the protagonist, and that is the only way to have real joys, sorrows, and sorrows.

Since its publication in 1993, "The Giver" has been translated into 28 languages, and its cumulative global sales have exceeded 10 million copies. 

6. Fahrenheit 451 


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Science fiction master Ray Bradbury's dystopian masterpiece hardcover commemorative edition

The original work of the famous French director Truffaut's film "Fahrenheit 451"

Leave a memorandum of human civilization in the age of burning books

If a person is a book, which one do you want to be?

Fahrenheit 451 degrees is the ignition point of the paper. The story of the novel takes place in a world that suppresses freedom of thought. All books here are forbidden. 

The job of firefighters is not to put out fires, but to burn books. The protagonist of the story has been a firefighter for ten years, but he never doubted what he was doing, until one day he met a peculiar girl, and he began to have doubts about his work. So he decided to take the risk and challenge the world. 

Just like this, a group of "book people" gathered secretly, they all had an amazing memory, burned the book after reading, and then kept the content in mind. Those books are stored behind their calm eyes, waiting intact for one day in the future, those readers with clean or dirty fingers will come and turn again...

"Fahrenheit 451" caused a huge sensation when it was first published more than 50 years ago and is considered an important masterpiece of dystopian novels. In 1966, it was adapted into a movie by the famous French New Wave director Truffaut. It has also been adapted into a game of the same name, a one-man show, a comic, etc.

7. Dune 


Dune by Frank Herbert

  • "Dune" is the legendary masterpiece of the great science fiction writer Frank Herbert.
  • "Sand Dunes" is on every "must-read of life" booklist
  • U.S. book e-commerce "100 books you must read in a lifetime"
  • BBC "100 Books Loved by All the British"
  • National Public Radio "Science Fiction and Fantasy TOP100"
  • Won the title of "Outstanding Science Fiction Novel of the 20th Century" by "Track" magazine
  • The first work to win both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, a must-read classic in the history of science fiction
  • Popular around the world for more than half a century, global sales have exceeded 12 million copies

The position of "Dune" in science fiction literature is just like the position of "The Lord of the Rings" in fantasy literature. Frank Herbert is an extremely influential American science fiction master and a master alongside Asimov.

"Dune" was adapted into "Dune 2000", the originator of the world-renowned real-time strategy game. The resulting "Red Alert" and "StarCraft" have become a must-have item on almost every computer, giving birth to "Planet". Classic sci-fi movies such as "The Great War" and "Avatar". (See detailed in Book Review category)

8. I, Robot 


I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

"I, Robot", and "The Three Laws of Robotics" come from this book. The original movie of the 2004 Hollywood science-fiction blockbuster "I, Robot".

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), a Russian-American writer, was praised by readers all over the world as a "god-like man"; the US government awarded him the unique "miracle of national resources and nature" The title in recognition of his outstanding contribution to "expanding human imagination".

The "three laws of robotics" he put forward are the basic laws of contemporary robotics. He predicted today's biotechnology, predicted the digital library in the Internet age, and predicted that humans will colonize space.

9. The Martian Chronicles 


The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

"The Martian Chronicles" is a famous work by contemporary science fiction master Ray Bradbury. It consists of a series of beautiful brushwork, fantastic imagination, and gothic fantasy Short story composition. At the turn of the century, the earth was perilous and full of an apocalyptic atmosphere. 

Mars has become the last hope of mankind. Although the first three groups of explorers died at the hands of mysterious Martians, humans still succeeded. In the unfamiliar red land, they met the "derailed" Martian woman and the jealous husband, the Martian who is proficient in telepathy and disguise, and the murderous castle of Usher in the grand carnival. Two strangers are twisting Spiritual encounters in time and space... 

The poetic and eerie Chronicles of Mars is actually a prosperous and declining history of human civilization, reflecting the fears and desires in the depths of human nature, which makes people uncomfortable to read. The romanticism of science fiction has been perfectly embodied in it. In 2012, NASA named the landing site of "Curiosity" on Mars "Bradbury Landing Site" to pay tribute to the master of science fiction.

10. Divergent 


Divergent by Veronica Roth

The first part of "The Divergent" has long been ranked first among teenagers' books on Amazon online bookstore in the United States, and the second part has been ranked third among teenagers' books on Amazon online bookstore in the United States after its release!

In the future of Chicago, after years of war and suffering, in order to rebuild order, mankind divided society into five factions: Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, and Amity. The five factions each perform their duties and harmoniously form a so-called perfect society. People hope that this will bring about a new utopian peace.

In this society, every person who has reached the age of 16 must undergo a tendency test, understand the sect he is suitable for, and personally make a choice concerning the future at the sect selection ceremony. But there is another kind of people, they don't belong to any faction, where will their destiny go...

11. The 5th Wave 


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I thought the overall plot could be executed better if the author makes fewer twists in the middle of the chapters. There is way too much back-and-forth between Cassie and Evan regarding how she looks upon him. If the writing is already exaggerated so be fewer twists.

Another point is there is a lot of slang that cost me a decent amount of time to crack every time, though the author does use the same bunch of slang if you read on. Apparent typos too, the most obvious ones being misused by ' it is.

Overall speaking the book handles pretty well a creepy theme unmatched by recent other Si-Fi books. The atmosphere is lonely and eerie. Sometimes when I read through the lead roles' mediation I imagine how I might end up in such a scenario. 

The beginning and the ending are particularly well narrated that keep you reading nonstop. Alternate POV description throughout most of the book between Cassie and Ben provides us with parallel storylines that are so much more enjoyable.

12. Matched 


Matched by Ally Condie

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he's not. In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love. How many children do they have? 

Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that's when her whole world begins to unravel...

The female protagonist just doesn’t know what to do. The book’s settings are also utopian in the future. Everyone should do what they are at their age. The community will plan for the female protagonist. 

When he reaches 17 he will know who to marry, and the man will be invincible to her. It's so handsome, but she has to be with others. This book itself can cause a lot of thinking, but if you look down on the hostess of the green tea bitch, don't read it and it will be annoying. 

13. Warcross 


Warcross by Marie Lu

 “I don’t want to be your enemy,” he says quietly. “But I’m going to do this, with or without you.”

Now, why do I feel like I’ve read that someone before? Oh, fight, every book ever where it turns out the super-hot handsome guy/woman, turns out to be the actually and guy and that the person trying to stop turns out to actually be a good guy. 

It is even like the end of Legend for those of you who have read it will know what I mean, though it is not worded exactly. It also reminded me greatly of Ready-Player One(though I have only seen the film and not read the book, even though I really should).

Nonetheless,  despite my little complaints about the book, I did really enjoy it.  Everything is actually pretty cool and the characters were interesting enough. It is a bit longer than Legend and I feel that this book has a  bit more dialogue and talking between the characters, which is fine by me. It’s a pretty cool sci-fi young adult thriller that is moderately fast-paced (so, fast-paced, but not dazzlingly quick) set in an interesting world.

I did finish this one in a little over a  Day(get it?) and much like a Legend, the plot did feel really predictable, though there’s not necessarily wrong with anything with the reader being able to guess everything, maybe the next book with change that?

This is a fairly short review on a fairly short book, but  I’ll be reading the next one now and I’ll see what I have to say on that one, though I do see it lower rated. 7.5/10.

14. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation 

The plot probably means that the heroine moved to a new home in LA after getting married. Suddenly one day when she was sorting the bookshelves, she found that she had traveled through time. Back in the 19th century (the 1800s), she met a child who was drowning and rescued him. 

However, in America in the 19th century, blacks had not yet been completely liberated (the hostess was black), whites had absolute rights, and blacks could only be slaves. 

Well, that's the general situation, and then the various absurd things encountered by the hostess when she shuttles between modern times and the past. . (Because the characters in it will involve spoilers as soon as they are explained, I will not go into details.)

Well, how can I say it, when I first read it, I felt very embarrassed because my first impression should be a relatively " "Normal" story. After reading the prologue, I didn't know what she was talking about. I didn't understand the main idea of the story until I finished the first chapter. . Sometimes the beginning of the flashback is still confusing. 

In addition, the vocabulary in this book is easier to understand. At least it doesn’t matter if you jump over a word you don’t understand. Anyway, you will know what happened after you see it. The plot layout is also good, and it is said that a movie was made, but I think the ending is a bit hasty, it may be an intriguing ending, and I don’t understand it. . .

In short, for a beginner like me, this book is still worth reading, at least it won't make it boring to fall asleep.

15. The Martian 

This is a typical and novel story of the struggle between humans and nature. Because Bey's earth adventure can no longer satisfy stupid human readers, the author sets the scene on the absolutely deserted red planet Mars.

This book was written in 2009. The author, Andy Weir, is Nerd. At first, he serialized the novel on his website for free reading. Later, some readers suggested that he put it on Amazon.com for $0.99 so that readers can get it. Reading on Kindle. 

As a result, the electronic version of the novel was sold 3,500 copies in 3 months, and it took the top spot on Amazon.com's 2014 science fiction bestseller list.

In this story, the protagonist Watney is the only "person" of the Martian. Watney is a member of NASA's Mars expedition. During a mission, the team encountered a Martian dust storm. 

Watney was stabbed in the abdomen by an antenna fragment and separated from his teammates. Seeing that Watney was difficult to survive, the captain made a decisive move to lead the rest of the team back. So the protagonist who survived was left on Mars and started a fight with cruel nature.

Just as Mark was preparing to set off, Pathfinder was burnt out by the electric current due to a mistake in using the electric drill. He lost contact with the earth. Only when he reached the return capsule of Ares 4 could he directly talk to the earth.

On Earth, experts are discussing nervously. Because a dust storm is generated and raging on Mars, it will seriously affect the power of solar cells and delay Mark's pace. Will he be able to reach Ares 4's return capsule in time?

The lesson of this story: For each Mars mission, the landing site should be closer, so that all resources can support each other and make full use of it.

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