Lesser-Known Dystopian for Teens

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The Hallowed Ones
Laura Bickle

HORROR TEEN BICKLE

Amish teen Katie smuggles a gravely injured young man, an outsider, into her family’s barn despite the elders’ ruling that no one can come in or out of the community while some mysterious and massive unrest is wreaking havoc in the “English” world.


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Pulse
Patrick Carman

SF TEEN CARMAN

In the year 2051, when most Americans live in one of two gigantic, modern States, Faith Daniels, part of a dwindling group that lives between, learns that she, like other misfits, has unusual abilities that could help when the inevitable war begins.


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Dualed
Elsie Chapman

SF TEEN CHAPMAN

West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.


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The Testing
Joelle Charbonneau

SF TEEN CHARBONNEAU

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.


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Inhuman
Kat Falls

SF TEEN FALLS

Beyond the Titan Wall lies the Feral Zone, and the only people who break quarantine and venture there are the “fetches”, who are paid exorbitant sums to bring back items that were left behind when the wall went up—but Delaney McEvoy’s father is there and she is being forced to find him and bring him back.


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The Ward
Jordana Frankel

SF TEEN FRANKEL

Set in a futuristic Manhattan after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, sixteen-year-old Ren must race against a conspiracy to find freshwater springs and a cure for the deadly disease that has stricken her sister and many others in the Ward.


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In the After
Demitria Lunetta

SF TEEN LUNETTA

In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.


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The End Games
T. Michael Martin

HORROR TEEN MARTIN

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.


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Not a Drop to Drink
Mindy McGinnis

SF MCGINNIS

Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.


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Cinder
Marissa Meyer

SF TEEN MEYER

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.


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Midnight City
J. Barton Mitchell

TEEN MITCHELL

In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything.


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Life As We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer

TEEN PHEFFER

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.


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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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Orleans
Sherri L. Smith

SF TEEN SMITH

Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader’s baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.


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Slated
Teri Terry

SF TEEN TERRY

In a future England, sixteen-year-old Kyla is one of the “slated,” those whose memories have been erased usually because they have committed serious crimes, but as she observes more and more strange events, she also gains more memories which put her and her boyfriend, Ben in danger.


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Reboot
Amy Tintera

SF TEEN TINTERA

Seventeen-year-old Wren rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier until she is given an order she refuses to follow.


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Under the Empyrean Sky
Chuck Wendig

SF TEEN WENDIG

Angry with the oppressive dictates of the Empyrean government, Heartlander and Captain of the Big Sky Scavengers Cael McAvoy discovers a secret, illegal garden and Cael, together with his crew, decides to make his own luck … a choice that will bring down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and change life in the Heartland forever.


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The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey

SF TEEN YANCEY

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.


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