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16 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP

April 9, 2020
Danielle Finnegan
Riveted Editorial Board

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. However, after reading the books on this list and LOVING all of them, I had to change my answer. I LOVE sci-fi and it might be my new favorite genre. Whether you are a hardcore sci-fi lover or just starting out, like I am,  you don’t want to miss these addicting sci-fi novels.

16 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP

1. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

In this sci-fi reimagining of Les Misérables, a Thief, a Guardian, and an Officer become the unlikely heroes of a planet on the brink of revolution. Romance and emotions rise as Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette’s lives and destinies collide. Together, they just might be the key to shaping the future of their planet, Laterre.


2. Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

The epic sci-fi reimagining of Les Misérables continues with the sequel to Sky Without Stars. Laterre is on the brink of war. The Third Estate are rioting against the injustices of a corrupt system. The Patriarche, reeling from the murder of his only heir, makes brutal attempts to quash the unrest, while a new militant faction launches a series of deadly attacks. And three outlaws find themselves pulled into the fray…


3. Ruse by Cindy Pon

In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the “positively chilling” (The New York Times) sci-fi thriller Want.


4. Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

The Handmaid’s Tale meets West World in Suzanne Young’s new book, Girls with Sharp Sticks. The carefully controlled existence of a group of girls at an elite boarding school may not be quite as it appears to be. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening – and who they really are – the students of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.


5. Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

Find out what happens to Mena and the Girls of Innovations Academy after the events of Girls with Sharp Sticks. As the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.


6. Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Kenzie, a prison-guard-in-training, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.


7. This Mortal Coil  by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.


8. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when a senator’s daughter is summoned to the galactic court as a hostage, but she’s really the galaxy’s most dangerous weapon in disguise. Do you need more than this perfect tagline? When you’re done make sure you check out the sequel, The Empress.


9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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. Only Scythes can end life and this book follows the journey of two teenagers chosen to be Scythe apprentices. Once you’ve read this book it’ll be impossible to stop from reading Thunderhead and The Toll.


10. Want by Cindy Pon


Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, Jason Zhou and his friends will do anything to save their city.


11. Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Last Star Burning

To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, sixteen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she’s ever known in this exciting post-apocalyptic debut novel from Caitlin Sangster.


12. Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world. Check out the sequel too!


13. The Program series by Suzanne Young

The Program by Suzanne Young

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance”, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. The Program series concludes with The Complication, so you won’t have to wait long to find out what happens. Better start reading now.


14. Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

Told with Andrew Smith’s signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot tells the story of Cager Messer, a boy who’s stranded on the Tennessee—his father’s lunar-cruise utopia—with insane robots.


15. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.


16. Exile from Eden by Andrew Smith

This sequel to the hugely popular Grasshopper Jungle takes place sixteen years later after the army of six-foot-tall Praying Mantises sent Arek’s family to live in a hole in the ground. Now Arek is ready to leave the hole for good.

Not into sci-fi? Check out these YA fantasy books that you have to read!

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