Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books On Your ______ 101 Syllabus, for which I've chosen YA Sci-Fi, since I read a lot of it. So here are the top ten books I would include in a syllabus if I taught a class called YA Sci-Fi 101.
1) Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games Trilogy. Um, how could you even have a YA sci-fi class without this gorgeous and beautiful dystopian series? And yeah, I know it's three books. Maybe we could only cover the first in class. But it's a must-read. Bonus: the students would get to watch their teacher fangirl over a fictional boy! I'm sure that's not creepy at all.
2) Lois Lowry's The Giver Quartet. Again, a series, four books, so perhaps you could only read the first book in class, but I would recommend the rest as a continuation. This series is sort of a MG crossover, but it's your classic starter for YA sci-fi, so yeah.
3) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I'm not including the rest of the series or the companion Ender's Shadow series here because I don't feel like they're as necessary and a lot of them move over into adult territory, but I'd also recommend them for interested readers. Ender's Shadow is a fave of mine, even more than Ender's Game, which is truly a fantastic classic sci-fi novel.
4) Neal Shusterman's Unwind Dystology. How could I not? I love this so, so much, as y'all know, it would be impossible to not include. Again, maybe we could only do the first book of four, and then readers who could handle the sometimes-disturbing content who were interested would have to continue on their own, obviously.
5) Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. Another one I recommend over and over, this four book plus a novella series begins with CInder and is a beautiful example of female (and generally diverse) representation in YA sci-fi. Plus, it's a fairytale retelling! Yay!
6) S.J. Kincaid's Insignia Trilogy. This is another one I've become a big fan of lately. It's a very good sci-fi with lots of worldbuilding, and it's got one of those snarky teen boy MCs that I love, like in Alex Rider and similar series. First book out of three, why are sci-fi series so good? I don't know.
7) Beth Revis's Across the Universe Trilogy. This YA sci-fi romance (in space!) is just beautifully done, and I couldn't resist having my students read it.
8) The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. A sci-fi dystopian set in sort-of Mexico revolving around drug cartels and cloning. I found it absolutely fascinating. It also contributes a further diversity to the syllabus at hand.
9) Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden Trilogy. Beginning with Wither, this dystopian looks into issues of reproductive and women's rights, and I think it'd be a good choice to include, although there's some content sensitive readers might have a hard time with.
10) Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This is the first book in an incomplete to-be-trilogy that has been taking the publishing world by storm. It's a very intense YA/adult crossover, a sci-fi that feels like an epic fantasy, and I've loved it so far. I think it'd do well on this syllabus.
That's the list! Thanks for reading, guys, and come back next time for "Waiting On" Wednesday. What YA sci-fi books would you add to this syllabus?
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