sci fi books for teens: The Diabolic, Sky Without Stars, Girls with Sharp Sticks, Rabbit & Robot, Want, Fate of Flames, Scythe, The Program.

Sci Fi Books for Teens You Should Definitely Read ASAP

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci fi novels my immediate reaction 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 sci fi books for teens.

1. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

We’re starting this list of sci fi books for teens off strong with an epic 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. Once you finish this book, check out the sequels Between Burning Worlds and Suns Will Rise!

2. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci fi book about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman. After you’ve read The Infinity Courts, read the sequel, The Genesis Wars!

3. Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Westworld 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. Love this book and want more? Check out the sequels Girls with Razor Hearts and Girls with Rebel Souls.

4. 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.

5. 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. I absolutely love this book and any time someone asks me for book recs of sci fi books for teens, this is the first one I mention.

6. 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 other two books in the trilogy: The Empress and The Nemesis.

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

When it comes to sci fi books for teens, Neal Shusterman is a master of the field and his Arc of a Scythe series is definitely one you don’t want to miss. 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.

8. 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. Don’t miss the sequel, Ruse!

9. 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.

10. 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!

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Exile from Eden by Andrew Smith

This sequel to 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. Believe me, you want to add this to your TBR because nothing says sci fi books for teens like fighting six-foot-tall grasshoppers, am I right?

If you love these sci fi books for teens but are more of a fantasy fan, check out these YA fantasy books that you have to read!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

What makes a beautiful cover even better? Food! Sure, a cover can have eye-catching colors or beautiful dresses, but nothing makes me want to pick up a book more than a photo of food that I want to eat.  I’ve gone out of my way to pick up cake or ice cream on my way home from a bookstore so I could perfectly pair my book with the delicious food on the cover.

These are my favorite YA covers with food that I’m dying to read (and eat)!

8 Delicious YA Covers Featuring Food!

1. Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

This bowl of ramen look absolutely mouthwatering. I can 100% guarantee that after reading this book of 13 original stories about food, you will want to eat all of the amazing meals mentioned in this book.

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

Coffee is a staple in my diet. I knew right away that I needed When Dimple Met Rishi in my life once I saw that perfect ice coffee. The fact that the ice coffee is so essential to Dimple and Rishi’s first meeting is just icing on the cake.

3. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Italy? Gelato! I knew this book was going to be the perfect YA contemporary the second I saw this adorable cover featuring one of my favorite foods.

4. 100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen


This cake still looks like it would taste fantastic, even as it’s spattered on the ground! This YA contemporary is FILLED with baked goods, so the foodie in you can’t go wrong with this one.

5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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THE ICE CREAM! This cover just screams summer with those perfect ice cream cones, sunglasses, and gorgeous setting.

6. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler


A cookie covered in powder sugar? Can it get any better than that?

7. American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda

This is the perfect book to snuggle up and read with you’re own cup of hot cocoa!

8. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Make sure you read this book with your favorite carton of ice cream on standby. Siobhan Vivian describes the PERFECT ice cream that you’ll be craving from the very first page.

What’s your favorite cover that features food?

Craving a cup of tea after all these sweets? Here are 10 book + tea pairings to keep you nice and cozy.

There’s so many great books out in the world, that it’s so hard to pick what to read next! Most of the time, I just know what I’m in the mood to read, but deciding which title takes forever. Do you want a book that’s going to make you laugh, reach for tissues, or swoon over the characters? There’s so many choices and we want to read them all!

If you’re itching to read a new romance title, then we have you covered! Just take the quiz below and you’ll get the perfect YA romance just for you!

Let us know what you got in the comments below!

Are you an aspiring bookstagrammer? Well, you’re in the right place! Part of my job working on Riveted is taking bookstagram photos for Riveted by Simon Teen!  I thought I would share my favorite photo props and tips with all of you. And the best part? You probably have all of these items in your home RIGHT NOW.

14 Essential Props Every Bookstagrammer Needs!


Backgrounds might be the most important part of a photo. I recommend using places in your home, for example, the picture of I Have the Right To is in front of a wall here at Riveted offices. If you are looking to buy a background, the wood background behind Saints & Misfits is actually paper!


Plants are a fun way to add dimension to any picture. You can use fake or real plants around your home and you can’t tell a difference!


Mugs are something everyone has in their home, and it’s the perfect addition to any picture.  What reader doesn’t love a good tea or coffee while reading? (Bonus Tip: soda photographs better than actual tea or coffee)

Fake (or real!) Food

Pick up a snack to eat (or drink) when you’re done taking photos AND use them in your photo!


Frames can add a unique quality to your picture and they help bring the viewers eye right to the book. I keep a few empty frames in the office to use for photos, but I’ve also used frames that are on my walls at home!


Chalkboards are one of my favorite props because you get to be creative with what you put on them!


Here’s another prop that you probably have at home! Use watches, rings, necklaces, or anything that adds to the photo.


If you ever needed an excuse to buy more candles, here it is! I LOVE using candles in photos because you can play with the colors and even the lighting if you decide to burn your candle.


Feathers come in so many gorgeous colors! These black feathers add a soft yet mysterious touch.


Nothing makes a photo look cozier than a blanket. Bonus: It also adds a new dimension and texture to the picture.


If you don’t have a chalkboard, try a notebook! You can still be creative, write quotes, and add something special to your picture!



What’s better than taking a picture of one book? Taking a picture of multiple books! Bookstacks might be the most popular photo on bookstagram AND they’re one of the easiest to take.


Grab a friend and make them be your model! Bookstagram doesn’t have to be JUST books, mix things up and throw a person into your feed! Fun Fact: This is actually a picture of me with some of my FAVORITE books!


Lighting is arguably the most important part of a photo. You don’t need any fancy lights to start taking bookstagram pictures, the best lighting to use is actually natural light from the sun!

Good luck on your bookstagram journey and don’t forget to follow us and tag @SimonTeen in all your pictures!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

What do I love almost as much as a good book? Candles! Candles can change the whole atmosphere of a room, they’re relaxing, and they smell delectable! Another great thing about candles? They can help you feel like you’re in the book you’re reading. If you’re reading a summer romance? Light a seaside scent! A book where the main characters are camping? Try a campfire candle!

Here are some of my favorite candle and book pairings that will help transport you inside the story!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and a Snickerdoodle Candle!

Who doesn’t want to smell the snickerdoodle cookies that Lara Jean is always baking? (Warning: You might want to have some cookies ready to eat. Between Jenny Han‘s descriptions and this delicious smelling candle, you be craving a cookie)

Candle from Colorado Soy Candle Co. 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and a Strong Cup of Coffee 

With this candle, you will feel like you’re standing in the room as Dimple throws her ice coffee on Rishi. Who wouldn’t want to witness that meet-cute?

Candle from Hello You Candles 

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell and Old Books 

Esta is looking for a book in The Last Magician, but I also think the old book smell is the perfect companion for 1901 New York City (but maybe that’s just me).

Candle from Frostbeard Studio 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and Seaside 

Smelling the seaside while you read this summer romance will make you feel like you’re at the shore with Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah.

Candle from Lumiere Candle Company 

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty and Sherlocks Study

Who wouldn’t want to smell Sherlock’s Study as they read this gripping Sherlock Holmes retelling?

Candle from Frostbeard Studio 

American Panda by Gloria Chao and Hot Chocolate

Get this hot chocolate candle ready, American Panda comes out on February 6th, and this candle will transport you to the adorable winter setting of this contemporary romance. (Bonus: We also recommend drinking a cup of hot chocolate while you read.)

Candle from Lindsey Lucas Candles 

The X-Files

When something is good, it’s good. The X-Files (WHICH IS FINALLY BACK ON TV) is a show filled with creepy plots, government conspiracy, and everything you love about science fiction and fantasy. Whether you just finished watching (or re-watching) the series, or are waiting in between new episodes, here is the perfect list of book to fill The X-Files void!

5 Books You Must Read If You Are an X-Files Fan

1. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius who is the only one who can decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

2. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Don’t call them heroes but these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. X-Men meets Heroes in this series filled with action and adventure, and a bit of the paranormal.

3. Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she’s ever known.

4. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

And if you’re looking for even more people-who-have-to-choose-to-save-the-world stories, read The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, and At the Edge of the Universe, both by Shaun David Hutchinson.

5. 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.

If high fantasy is more your speed, you’ve got to check out these 7 books.


The Mara Dyer Triology by Michelle Hodkin

Superpowers? Sign me up!

I’ve seen every superhero movie possible from the Batman classics to the most current Marvel movies. I can’t get enough of these stories of everyday people gaining superpowers that ultimately save the world.

Whatever movies can do, books can do EVEN BETTER. Here’s a list of my favorite YA characters with superpowers. You don’t have to go to the movies to witness some kick-ass scenes of people learning how to best utilize their abilities.

Ethan a.k.a Scam from Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. Bonus: Zeroes isn’t just about Ethan, the story follows a group of characters with interesting powers just like Ethan’s.

Elena Mendoza from The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Elena Mendoza can perform miracles, for example healing others in need. Inanimate objects also start to talk to Elena. As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara’s power is more of a burden but can come in handy when she needs to protect herself. Mara has the power to kill, whether that makes her the hero or the villain is something for the reader to decide.

(You can also currently read the full book for FREE!)

Maia from Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

In the Effigies series, one girl has the power to control each element. Maia was just a normal student until she becomes the next Fire Effigy, meaning she has the power to control fire. Now, the 4 girls just need to save the world.

Searching for even more world-building? Check out these amazing YA fantasy novels!

One of my favorite types of romances to read in YA are friendships that turn into something more. While I love an insta-romance as much as the next person, relationships that start as a friendship are always so believable and heartfelt. Once I finish the book, I have no doubts that the couple will stay together because they has such a great foundation to start with.

Here are 5 of my favorite books with friendships that turn into something more!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 

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Belly spends her summers at a beach house with Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer everything changes.

Under the Light by Abbi Glines 

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Abbi Glines knows how to write a good romance and the second book in her Field Party series is no exception! Even though this s a series, each book can stand on its own.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet 

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Alex, Approximately is an interesting friends to more romance because at the same time it’s also an enemies to more romance! You get two for one with Alex, Approximately.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson 

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Morgan knows how to write a beautiful and hear wrenching story, and the friends to more in Second Chance Summer is one of my all time favorite romances.

Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. Slowly the becoming friends and than to something more.

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If you’re a huge Sarah J Maas fan like me, than you’ll LOVE An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson! Like ACOTAR, An Enchantment of Ravens also follows a girl who gets pulled into the faerie courts against her will. Isobel, like Feyre, is a strong and independent individual who stands up for what she believes in and never backs down. The male protagonists are both enchanting and brooding, and everything you want from your male lead. You’ll be sucked into the story from the first page and won’t be able to put it down. Rogerson creates a faerie court in An Enchantment of Ravens  that’s completely her own, it’s extremely different than ALL the faerie books I’ve read!

Bonus! The same designer helped created BOTH of these fabulous covers! Charlie Bowater inspired the dress on the cover of A Court of Thrones and Roses, and later did the artwork for the ACOTAR Coloring Book. She also created the stunning artwork on the An Enchantment of Ravens cover!

Here is the full description of An Enchantment of Ravens. Trust me, you DON’T want to miss this one.

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, maybe Sasha Alsberg can!

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren has given me some serious heart eyes, and not just because of how ADORABLE the love story is (and the love story is serious perfection). HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVER? It’s just everything I’ve always loved in a cover. My obsession with this cover has thrown me down a rabbit-hole of Autoboyography bookstagrams, and I’m not sorry about it! Here is a roundup of some of my favorites!

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