Have you ever thought about what the world would be like in 50 years? 100 years? More? One thing is usually clear in YA books set in the future—the world doesn’t have that great of an outcome. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily how it’s going to be, but it’s fun (and often frightening) to imagine what the world would be like if artificial intelligence takes over or if we figure out how to stop death. But these terrifying premises are what make the books exciting because let’s face it, if everything was great in the future, it would be a pretty boring read.
6 Young Adult Books That Take Place in the Future
1. Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
In the future, corporations rule the galaxy. The main character of Sanctuary is a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, and for her the company is everything. But she’s beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows
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2. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
This future holds a world where people can change their bodies through an implant that recodes their DNA. At the same time, a horrifying plague is ravaging the world.
3. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
The Diabolic speculates about a future where Diabolics, or humanoid robots, are created to protect one person. They’re ruthless and deadly but will do anything to make sure they achieve this goal.
4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
In the world of the Uglies series, when someone turns sixteen they can get a special surgery to turn them from “ugly” to “pretty.” But of course, being a Pretty has its problems.
5. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
6. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
In this future, artificial intelligence has taken over the world. If you are a world ruler, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war and your hostage dies.