Rachel Kray is a Librarian and Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive


When I was a teenager, I had my first love affair with reading. I had always been loyal to my romance-type, humor, and classic stories. Then I discovered Sci-Fi. And my life changed forever. Discovering these books opened a whole new world for me and solidified my position as a lifelong reader. I am forever thankful for the Librarian that recommended The His Dark Materials series.

Want to get a teen interested in reading for life? Here are a few of my current favorite Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy books….

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Undertow by Michael Buckley

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

From Rachel Vincent, New York Times bestselling author, comes the first book in a new series about a girl who must join forces with rogue exorcists to save her sister and, ultimately, humanity.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just … creepy.

You can view our whole list of recommended Sci-Fi/Fantasy picks for teens here!


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