Theresa Kay, author of Broken Skies, highlights her favorite science fiction and young adult crossover titles.
Young adult science fiction is a genre filled with dynamic characters, vast and unique worlds, and compelling stories. As a reader, it’s a genre I gravitate towards and I’d love to share some YA sci-fi novels that I’ve found cross over well for adult readers.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown — This was a recent read for me and one that, once the story got going, I couldn’t put down. Set on Mars, the story follows Darrow as he rebels against a corrupt society riddled with injustice and prejudice. It has a fantasy-like feel to it in the latter two-thirds of the book as the characters form alliances, carry out sieges, storm castles, and generally battle it out.
The Mindjack Series by Susan Kaye Quinn — This sci-fi series is written by an actual (former) rocket scientist. How cool is that? Quinn takes the idea of fitting in and gives it a sci-fi spin as her main character, Kira, is shunned for her inability to read minds in a world where telepathy is normal. However, Kira soon learns that although she might not be able to read minds, she can control them.
Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart — I had the pleasure of reading this book under its original title, Shattered Veil. The story includes flying skirmishes, daring rescues, interesting tech, and great world-building. It’s centered on Aris, a young girl who initially sets out to follow her childhood sweetheart. Instead, she ends up finding her own strength and realizing there’s much more to her world.
The Last Year series by Trisha Leigh — A post-apocalyptic dystopian world with oppressive alien overlords? Sign me up! Leigh weaves together a careful balance of dystopia and sci-fi, populating her world with a blend of well-developed and relatable characters. The other humans are mind-controlled robots, but Althea, the main character, can still think for herself. She goes on to discover just how different she is and how important those differences are to the future of Earth.
Timebound by Rysa Walker — This was my first purchase through Kindle First, and I couldn't have been happier with it. It's a complex tale involving time travel, alternate histories, cults, and the Chicago's World Fair of 1893. I was so effectively drawn into Kate’s time traveling adventure that I had to take a break from writing my own book in order to continue reading.