Over the last decade, books that explore what the future might be like have become increasingly popular. Writers have imagined countless future possibilities from the state of our world to space travel and everything in between. We know it can be a little overwhelming to find where to start in this genre, so we’ve put together a list for you of some of the most creative and exciting futuristic books for young adults! Explore this list to find the perfect book to start.
- Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
To start off our list of futuristic books for young adults, we have Aurora Rising! In the year 2380, Tyler Jones and his recently graduated squad of misfits are about to be caught in the middle of a war millions of years in the making. Struggling to understand each other and the forces at play, they are possibly the last hope for the entire galaxy. Buckle up for a sci-fi adventure that will keep your heart racing!
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2. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) – Neal Shusterman
Humanity has conquered hunger, disease, war, and death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can kill to keep the population under control. Rowan and Citra are unwillingly apprenticed to a Scythe. If they fail, they will lose their lives.
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3. Truth Seer (Truth Seer Trilogy) – Kay L Moody
In the year 2121, Imara is a human lie detector, both dangerous and valuable. When her sister is taken hostage into the depths of Egyptian catacombs, Imara leads a rescue mission to find her and the other hostages.
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4. The Diabolic (The Diabolic Series) – S.J. Kincaid
Summoned to the galactic court as a hostage, Sidonia turns to her Diabolic, Nemisis for help. Nemisis agrees to go to the galactic court in Sidonia’s place. While there, she must keep her true abilities a secret, or she will lose everything.
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4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
A gifted mechanic, Cinder is a cyborg. When her life crosses paths with Prince Kai’s, she ends up in the center of an intergalactic struggle. This retelling of the Cinderella story is both epic and creative!
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5. Shatter Me (Shatter Me Series) – Tahereh Mafi
One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can kill anyone. It feels like a curse. Though no one knows where her power came from, The Reestablishment sees her as a deadly weapon that they can use against others.
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6. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
In the year 2575, two megacorporations are at war over a planet at the edge of the universe. Kady and her ex-boyfriend Ezra are forced to evacuate and have no idea what is going on. In order to find the truth, Kady hacks into a web of data. However, the only person who may be able to help her is her ex-boyfriend who she never thought she would speak to again.
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7. Renegades (The Renegades Trilogy) – Marissa Meyer
On a mission for vengeance, Nova hates the Renegades. Along her journey, she meets a Renegade boy named Adrian. He believes in justice and believes in Nova. Unfortunately, Nova’s allegiance is to villains who could end both of them.
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8. These Broken Stars (Starbound Trilogy) – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Lilac and Tarver are on a massive luxury spaceliner that has been yanked out of hyperspace and is plummeting towards the nearest planet. Alone and forced to rely on each other, they must make a dangerous journey to seek help.
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9. Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) – Lauren Oliver
Continuing our list of futuristic books for young adults, we have Delirium! Love has been declared a dangerous disease, and those who turn eighteen are forced to undergo a procedure called the Cure. Lena is looking forward to being cured and living a safe life. However, shortly before her treatment, Lena meets Alex. What will happen if they fall in love?
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10. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds Series) – Alexandra Bracken
Sent to a brutal government rehabilitation camp, Ruby has frightening abilities that she cannot control. Barely escaping the camp with her life, Ruby joins a group of people like her who are heading for a safe haven. While on their way, they must escape their determined pursuers, who will stop at nothing to get Ruby.
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11. Under The Never Sky (Under the Never Sky Series) – Veronica Rossi
After she is exiled from her home, Aria knows that her chances of surviving are slim. Then she meets Perry, an Outsider, who becomes her only hope of staying alive. Perry views Aria as fragile and sheltered. Little does he know that she is the key to his redemption.
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12. Legend – Marie Lu
The United States is now the Republic and is constantly at war. June is a talented fifteen-year-old, groomed for success in the highest military circles of the Republic. In the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is a wanted criminal whose motives are not as malicious as they seem. In a shocking turn of events, June and Day meet each other and uncover truths that their country will go to great lengths to keep secret.
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13. Divergent – Veronica Roth
Society is divided into five factions – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent. Beatrice must make a choice between staying with her family or transferring factions. Her choice is shocking. But Tris has a secret, one that she is determined to hide.
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14. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
Red blood serves the elite: Silver-blooded individuals who have superhuman abilities. Mare Barrow is a Red, barely making it by in a poor village as a thief. A twist of fate brings her in front of the Silver court, where she discovers the impossible: she has a special ability of her own. In order to cover this up, the King forces her to pretend that she is a lost Silver princess. As she is drawn into the world of the Silver, Mare makes the choice to risk everything and use her position to help a Red rebellion. One wrong move can cause her death.
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15. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Once known as North America, the nation of Panem is a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve districts. Harsh and cruel, the Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them to send a boy and a girl to the Hunger Games, a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen offers to take her sister’s place in the Games. Does she have what it takes to survive?
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16. The Selection – Kiera Cass
The Selection is the chance of a lifetime for the thirty-five girls that get to participate. They have the opportunity to escape poverty, live in the palace, and compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. However, for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. She has to give up her relationship with her secret boyfriend, Aspen, and compete for a crown she isn’t interested in. Then she meets Prince Maxon and realizes there may be more to life than what she had dreamed of.
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17. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Wrapping up our list of futuristic books for young adults, we have The Loneliest Girl in the Universe! Romy is completely alone in space. Her parents’ deaths have left her by herself on the Infinity, a spaceship heading away from Earth. Romy tries to make the best of her situation, but she is incredibly lonely. Soon, NASA alerts her that a different ship, the Eternity, will be joining her. As Romy exchanges messages with the captain of the Eternity, she learns there is more to his mission than what she originally knew…
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That concludes our list of futuristic books for young adults! Let us know in the comments which one you plan on reading!
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