The Islands at the End of the World

The Islands at the End of the World

This story gives a new meaning to “island hopping”. An enormous green cloud has appeared in the sky over Hawaii causing the collapse of the electric grid. It may have disrupted all power worldwide but as there is no way to communicate, no one in Hawaii knows. Leilani and her father are at a hospital […]


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

A riveting take on the teen dystopian novel, the tension never lets up as Ruby escapes from a brutal “rehabilitation facility” for kids with special mind-control powers. At age ten, normal children either die or mutate, terrifying their parents and other adults who remove them from society. Joining with other escapees, Ruby and her friends […]


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf introduces us to a world where World War II was not won by the allies, but by Hitler and the axis powers instead.  Yael, has survived countless experiments on her body by Nazi doctors leaving her looking nothing like herself, but with the ability to transform her features to look like anyone […]


See No Color by Shannon Gibney

See No Color by Shannon Gibney

Alex was so sure of her life.  She did great in school, loved her adopted family and excelled at baseball.  When younger sister begins to question how Alex feels about being mixed when her family is white and then hands her a file her parents have been hiding everything begin to change.  From the file […]


Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

The days are getting shorter and shorter until there is no daytime at all only night.  This night won’t last a day or two it will last 14 years. Marin, Kana and Line all live on an island where this 14 years of darkness is a reality.  Everyone must pack up their things and board ships […]


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Driven by strong characters caught in a horrible situation, this story pulled me along as if I were on an unstoppable train. “Challenging” teens, thirteen through seventeen, can be unwound if their parents sign the papers or if they are wards of the state or if their religion deems them to be tithes. To be unwound is to […]


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Imagine a family, Mayflower descendants, perfect, blond, and rich enough to own a private island off Martha’s Vineyard. Like Shakespeare’s Lear, the patriarch of the family pits his three daughters against each other for the inheritance. They in turn enlist their older children, four cousins (The Liars) who have spent every summer together on the […]


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I wouldn’t consider myself a science fiction/fantasy fan, per-say, although I have recently been drawn to a lot of the teen dystopian fiction that has become popular after the success of the Hunger Games books. The Lunar Chronicles is a fantastic series with wonderfully written characters and a richly developed futuristic world. And even though […]


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

“Why are there so many dystopian and apocalyptic novels for young adults right now?” you may ask. I think it’s because the news is repeatedly giving us the unnerving and terrifying message that the adults in charge are destroying the world. Therefore, in order to be able to look forward to a future, teens need […]