Sci-fi for teenagers

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Sparrows12 Fri 18-Jan-13 14:53:16

Watching the snow fall, working from home, lonely and bored, so I thought I would take a break and recommend a very old but (I thought brilliant) sci-fi book I have only just read - the Midwich Cookoos. I loved it and I've passed it on to my two teenage daughters to read.

Can anyone recommend any other accessible sci-fi suitable for adults as well as teenagers? I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

booksteensandmagazines Fri 18-Jan-13 15:14:38

If computer sci-fi appeals try Meta Wars by jeff norton (not so much adult appeal though) and Insignia by SJ Kincaid or into the future books (but more based on our planet in a dystopian future) Blood Red Road by Moira Young(I loved it even though its teenage, my son loathed it), Maze Runner by James Dashner - more on my website www.booksteensandmagazines.com

Chocky - John Wyndham

Tripods - John Christopher

Albertmajor Fri 18-Jan-13 16:42:13

I absolutely loved this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Be-Honest-ebook/dp/B0099NYLFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358527135&sr=1-1 - it's sort of fantasy/realism (there's a weather phenomenon-type scenario) and suitable for teenagers as it deals with issues like friendship and bullying, as well as eating disorders, really well - but it's also funny. Not technically sci-fi though, I know!

Albertmajor Fri 18-Jan-13 16:42:53

Whoops - link didn't work! I absolutely loved this book: www.amazon.co.uk/To-Be-Honest-ebook/dp/B0099NYLFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358527135&sr=1-1 - it's sort of fantasy/realism (there's a weather phenomenon-type scenario) and suitable for teenagers as it deals with issues like friendship and bullying, as well as eating disorders, really well - but it's also funny. Not technically sci-fi though, I know!

lljkk Fri 18-Jan-13 16:47:48

Hitchiker to the Galaxy series, surely!!

DS is quite into Mortal Engines, but they are depressing (even he says so).

I got him to read I, Robot but he wasn't sure about more Asimov. He's enjoyed some of the Star Wars universe & Star Trek books.

He also read a bit of Ray Bradbury, but they read as dated & parochial, must admit.

I think we're overdue a renaissance of good sci fi books for adults and teens.

Asimov is good, the earlier (usually thinner!) ones are good even for younger teens.

Terry Pratchett - don't let the cover pictures put you off, they are good and vey clever

David Eddings if they like fantasy

Takver Fri 18-Jan-13 17:30:04

Don't know how old they are but if a bit older (maybe 14 plus) then what about The City and The City by China Mieville?

fertilityFTW Fri 18-Jan-13 17:38:45

Mieville's 'UnLunDun' is great fun and aimed at younger readers. I remember having a great collection of Arthur C.Clarke short stories that I enjoyed. I recall a book called 'Moonwind' when I was very young that was quite lovely - romantic and sad.

How old are they?

The Mortal Engines series is good, but maybe a bit young for them unless they just want a light read.

Day Of The Triffids
I Am Legend (but I don't like it)

If they are a bit older, it's not quite sci-fi but:
1984
A Clockwork Orange
One called 'The Death Of Grass' (but I didn't like it)
Hitch-hiker's Guide
Philip K Dick

booksteensandmagazines Sat 19-Jan-13 11:25:21

I'm just reading Unravelling by E Norris and will review it on www.bboksteensandmagazines.com by the end of the weekend - think it might be a good sic fi read

I devoured Stephen Donaldson and Julian May as a teenager.

booksteensandmagazines Thu 24-Jan-13 21:37:41

Have just reviewed Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris - bit of mystery, romance and scifi. I liked it because it was a good mix and I thought the scifi was believable. www.booksteensandmagazines.com/view/unravelling

MuddlingMackem Fri 25-Jan-13 21:16:53

What about The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew? There are five books so far, sixth not yet published. I got the first three for a fiver from the book people, ended up getting the fourth and pre-ordering the fifth from Amazon. Now waiting for the sixth to be published. smile

www.amazon.co.uk/Arrival-Phoenix-Files-Chris-Morphew/dp/1407124625/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359148443&sr=1-6

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