This week The Broke and the Bookish have us serving up a heaping helping of authors in a genre of our choice. I have prepared a fine selection of YA sci-fi authors, and suggested some of the works I most enjoyed by each. Authors like Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, or Isaac Asimov didn’t make my list because I haven’t read their YA work (yet).
To me, Sleator is like Pixar. Even his worst book is miles better than the average in the genre. That said, I’d recommend:
Interstellar Pig for gamers.
Strange Attractors for folks who love a love triangle, especially one where two of the people involved are actually alternate-dimension versions of the same girl.
House of Stairs for those who like dystopia.
Read Feed! Read it now! Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger shouting that last sentence!
Hmmmm. Suddenly I am having trouble thinking of the sci-fi series that everyone has been talking about for the past two years. The Hunger Games. Quit trying to be cool and just read it already.
Not strictly a YA sci-fi writer, but many of his books focus on that age group. Tunnel in the Sky is a good choice for survivalist fans who enjoyed books like The Hunger Games for reasons beyone romance.
My heart will always be with Meg and Charles Wallace, so of course I recommend A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Many Waters was very enjoyable, but not so much sci-fi as Christian Myth…and An Acceptable Time was a slog.
Animorphs series, what up! I particularly recommend the companion books to the series: The Ellimist Chronicles is still a favorite, and I loved The Andalite Chronicles. Both make sense for someone not ready to take on the whole series.
Ship Breaker is a solidly scientific, thoroughly entertaining environmentally-oriented novel.
9. Ben Jeapes
He wrote the outstanding novel The Ark, which I borrowed off my brother in seventh grade and still remember. It is a space ark sci-fi for purists reading in the genre. Excellent, intricate plot and very intriguing aliens.
10. Aldous Huxley
Maybe not strictly a YA author, but since many folks read Brave New World in high school, I’m including it. Love that book.
Who would you add to this list? Book recommendations?