Recommended reading for kids who are not yet ready for “The Hunger Games” trilogy but want books similar to it. 2014

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The Roar
Emma Clayton

SF J CLAYTON

In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.


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Matched
Ally Condie

SF TEEN CONDIE

In the society, officials decide who you love, where you work and when you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen. Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one, until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices, between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow, between perfection and passion.


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The Maze Runner
James Dashner

SF TEEN DASHNER

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.


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Raider's Ransom: Flood and Fire
Emily Diamand

SF J DIAMAND

In 22nd-century Cambridge, England, thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun must try to stop the strange, uncontrollable robots that were activated when a sinister-looking chip in her hand-held computer triggered a false anti-terrorist alert.


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Raiders' Ransom
Emily Diamand

SF J DIAMAND

In 23rd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fishergirl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom.


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The Sky Inside
Clare B. Dunkle

SF TEEN DUNKLE

Martin lives in a “perfect world” under the protective dome of suburb HM1, where every year a new generation of genetically-engineered children is shipped out to meet their parents. And it’s all about to come crashing down because a stranger has come to take away all the little children, including Martin’s sister, Cassie, and no one wants to talk about where they have gone. Martin has a choice either to remain in the dubious safety of HM1, or to break out of the suburb into the mysterious land outside.


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The House of the Scorpion
Nancy Farmer

SF TEEN FARMER

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El PatrĂ³n, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.


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The Other Side of the Island
Allegra Goodman

TEEN GOODMAN

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.


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Among The Hidden
Margaret Peterson Haddix

SF TEEN HADDIX

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.


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The Line
Teri Hall

SF J HALL

Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.


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Freakling
Lana Krumwiede

SF TEEN KRUMWIEDE

After a traumatic accident removes his telekinetic ability, or psy, twelve-year-old Taemon is exiled to the “dud farm,” where he is surprised to find kind, open people who enjoy using their hands but there are also mysteries at the colony and when Taemon unwittingly leaks one of the secrets he must find the courage to repair the damage, even if it means returning to the city from which he was banished.


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The Giver
Lois Lowry

NEWBERY TEEN LOWRY

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.


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The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann

SF J MCMANN

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.


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Above World
Jenn Reese

SF TEEN REESE

In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allow them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help.


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Storm Runners
Roland Smith

J SMITH

Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a “storm runner,” but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.


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Museum of Thieves
Lian Tanner

SF J TANNER

Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection, and finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery and mysterious secrets that threaten her city and everyone she loves.


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The Boy at the End of the World
Greg van Eekhout

SF J VAN EEKHOUT

Born half-grown in a world that is being destroyed, Fisher has instinctive knowledge of many things, including that he must avoid the robot that knows his name.


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