Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite, the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Call Number: FIC CLI
A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune--and control of the OASIS itself
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Call Number: YA FIC WES
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. Book 1 in series
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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Call Number: YA FIC SHU
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them Book 1 in series
Warcross by Marie Lu
Call Number: YA FIC LU
When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.
After two devastating wars between humanity and an alien race, Earth prepares for a third invasion by hand-selecting highly intelligent children and training them in space as future warriors. The ending will stay with you for a long time.
When 13-year-old Eva wakes up in the hospital, she is told that she was in a traffic accident that left her with amnesia. However, Eva suspects that something more sinister is at work here. This is a unforgettable medical mystery.
Don't panic. Instead, grab your towel and join ordinary Brit Arthur Dent as he is swept off on a madcap intergalactic journey on the day that Earth has been scheduled for demolition. One of the funniest books ever written, full stop.
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
Call Number: YA FIC EME
It is Earth year 2213--but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity's survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed. Or so he thinks.
17-year-old Alison finds herself in a psychiatric facility after her classmate goes missing, with Alison as the prime suspect. This mysterious science fiction novel has a lot of twists and turns, and fans of A Mango-Shaped Space may enjoy this very different take on a protagonist with synesthesia.
This classic novel is as captivating now as when it was first published, over fifty years ago. Teenage Meg Murry finds herself going on an interdimensional quest to find her missing father, with her classmate Calvin O'Keeffe and her brilliant younger brother Charles Wallace.
Clive Barker takes us on a wild ride in his vividly imagined fantasy world. Candy Quackenbush, a normal teen from boring Chickentown, USA, finds herself on an unpredictable adventure in the archipelago world of Abarat, a land of monsters, pirates, and magic that she is destined to save. Barker's amazing illustrations add to the story.
This is a classic story about a young magician who unleashes a great evil into the world, and must train to become a master wizard in order to stop it. A very different take on magic than Harry Potter.
Prue McKeel and her friend Curtis must venture into the Impassable Wilderness at the outskirts of their home in Portland, Oregon, in order to rescue Prue's baby brother who has been abducted by a murder of crows. In the woods, they find themselves caught up in the politics and intrigue of life in the Wildwood.
The first volume in Nix's excellent Old Kingdom series creates a world of magic and adventure in which protagonist Sabriel must rescue her father, a powerful sorcerer called the Abhorsen, and join his struggles against the rising threat of the Necromancers. A gripping read!
Tamora Pierce has been delighting fantasy fans for years with her Tortall Kingdom books. This book begins Pierce's second series in the universe, one that expands the magic and mythology of the world. A particularly great read for animal lovers.
Readers will be captured from the first page when the world plunges into war in 1914. The conflict between the Cankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of a new species, is an adventure full of non-stop action. A steampunk gem.