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This list is not a complete list of the books we have in this genre. Please ask a librarian for further recommendations. This list was created with the help of Jared Kesler in 2016.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: Fic Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.

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Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Call Number: Fic Atwood
Snowman is asleep in a tree in a devastated genetically engineered world with only strange insects and the perfect green-eyed Children of Crake as company. His journey takes him into his own sad past and his friendships with Oryx and Crake, and ultimately to the laboratory where all the trouble began.

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Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard
Call Number: Fic Aveyard
As the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world escalates, Mare, who has the red blood of the common folk but also the silver ability to control lightning, must fight against the darkrness that has grown in her soul.

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The Drowned Cities - Paolo Bacigalupi
Call Number: Fic Bacigalupi
In a future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities, but their safety is soon threatened and Mahlia will have to risk everything if she is to save Mouse.

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Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi
Call Number: Fic Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenager Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

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Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Call Number: Fic Bardugo
Kaz and his crew may be the only ones that stand between the world and destruction---that is if they don't kill each other first. Six dangerous outcasts, one impossible heist.

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Graceling - Kristin Cashore
Call Number: Fic Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

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The Selection - Kiera Cass
Call Number: Fic Cass
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

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Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Call Number: Fic Clare
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray travels to England in search of her brother only to be abducted by the Dark Sisters, residents of London's Downworld, home to the city's supernatural folk, and she becomes the object of much attention

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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Call Number: Fic Cline
In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others--including those willing to commit murder--in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.

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Matched - Ally Condie
Call Number: Fic Condie
Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves.

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The Maze Runner - James Dashner
Call Number: Fic Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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The Office of Mercy - Ariel Djanikian
Call Number: Fic Djanikian
Living in an underground, Utopian settlement in a post-apocalyptic world, Natasha Wiley is hired to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time. In the Office of Mercy, she finds her allegiances severely tested in the face of shattering truths.

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The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
Call Number: Fic DuPrau
In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

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The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
Call Number: Fic Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 140 year-old leader of a corrupt empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

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Incarceron - Catherine Fisher
Call Number: Fic Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Call Number: Fic Huxley
A satirical novel about the utopia of the future, a world in which babies are decanted from bottles and the great Ford is worshipped.

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The Giver - Lois Lowry
Call Number: Fic Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Call Number: Fic Mandel
A Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors are roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear.

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The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Call Number: Fic McCarthy
A nameless man and his young son wander through a decimated postapocalyptic landscape, searching for a way to survive and a reason to hope as barbaric hordes of people roam the streets and ash falls from the sky. All they have is each other.

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Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Call Number: Fic Meyer
Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing

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The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
Call Number: Fic Ness
Todd lives in a town where everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a never-ending stream of Noise. He is one month away from an important birthday that will make him a man when he learns that all is not what it seems to be and he is forced to flee with his dog Manchee, whose thoughts Todd can hear too. But where can you run when your pursuers can hear your every thought? And where can you run when there's nowhere to hide?

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The Country of Ice Cream Star - Sandra Newman
Call Number: Fic Newman
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a strange disease they call Posies, a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find this cure.

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1984 - George Orwell; Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
Call Number: Fic Orwell
Written in 1949, this novel depicts the life of Winston Smith, who lives in a totalitarian regime of the future.


Fiction P-Z, Nonfiction Authors & DVDs

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The Living - Matt De la Peña
Call Number: Fic Peña
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship he's on as a summer job, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

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Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer; Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fic Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

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Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Call Number: Fic Revis
Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet three hundred years in the future, but her frozen slumber abruptly ends when someone on board the ship tries to murder her.

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How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
Call Number: Fic Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

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Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
Call Number: Fic Rossi
When Aria, a sheltered and fragile Dweller, is exiled from her home in Reverie, she must face The Death Shop, a land filled with cannibals and dangerous energy storms, and her only hope for staying alive depends on Outsider Perry, a savage hunter.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Call Number: Fic Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

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Lizard Radio - Pat Schmatz
Call Number: Fic Schmatz
Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn't sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she's in Crop Camp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she's ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider.

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Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
Call Number: Fic Shteyngart
Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov totally loves books, but he's living in a functionally illiterate society in which books are not valued, immortality is highly sought after, and there's a credit crisis going on. Then he falls head over heels in love with the cruel but cute twenty-four-year-old Eunice Park and attempts to convince her that holding on to one's humanity in a cruel world is still important.

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Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Call Number: Fic Shusterman
Three teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages thirteen to eighteen.

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Article 5 - Kristen Simmons
Call Number: Fic Simmons
Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, but when her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5, Ember must take action.

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Uglies - Scott Westerfeld; Rodrigo Corral (Designed by)
Call Number: Fic Westerfeld
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties.

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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits - David Wong
Call Number: Fic Wong
Zoey Ashe finds herself navigating a scarey futuristic city full of the fantastic, lurid, nightmarish and ridiculous, on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is a cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. Will Zoey figure it all out in time?

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The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
Call Number: Fic Yancey
Having survived an alien invasion, Cassie sets out to rescue her brother with the help of a strange boy who may be one of the enemy aliens.

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Collapse - Jared Diamond
Call Number: 304.2 Diamond
Presents a comprehensive historical narrative that describes how and why ancient civilizations such as the Anasazi, Maya, and the Polynesian culture on Easter Island failed and fell into ruin and examines how lessons learned from the past can help in preserving the future with such questions as: What economic, social, and political choices can we still make so that we don't meet the same end?

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The World Without Us - Alan Weisman
Call Number: 304.2 Weisman
Presents a narrative nonfiction that examines the human impact upon the earth and how it would respond without the pressure of human presence.

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded - Thomas L. Friedman
Call Number: 320.5 Friedman
Argues that the United States needs to adopt an environmentally friendly national strategy to be healthier, wealthier, and more secure, innovative, and productive.

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Four Fish - Paul Greenberg
Call Number: 333.95 Greenberg
Explores the histories of salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna, describing how their numbers are decreasing in the wild and how higher levels of PCBs and mercury are being found in seafood, and discussing efforts to regain the oceans for healthy and sustainable food sources.

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Global Weirdness - Climate Central, Inc. Staff
Call Number: 363.738 Global
Is climate ever "normal"? Why do fossil fuels produce greenhouse gases? What are the risks to humans of climate change? Why are mountain glaciers and ice caps melting? Explains climate change, its implications for the future, and what we can, and cannot, do to avoid further change.

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This Will Change Everything - John Brockman
Call Number: 609 This
A collection of essays in which one hundred scholars, authors, politicians, and other leading minds share what they think are the most revolutionary ideas that will change our lives.

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Spillover - David Quammen
Call Number: 614.4 Quammen
Discusses the animal origins of emerging human diseases, looking at recent outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg, AIDS, SARS, avian influenza, and Lyme disease; and considers whether or not these events are linked and how future epidemics can be prevented and stopped.


Digital Media

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Humanity From Space - PBS
Call Number: DVD 608 Humanity
Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this documentary uses data and computer generated imagery to disclose the extent of humanity's influence, revealing how we've transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity.

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2001 : a space odyssey - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Call Number: DVD Fic 2001
Inspired by Clarke's epic book, the film moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence to the emergence of man as pure thought, somewhere in the future.

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The Day After Tomorrow - Twentieth Fox
Call Number: DVD Fic Day
A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.

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Gattaca - Colombia Pictures Corp.
Call Number: DVD Fic Gattaca
Vincent is one of the last "natural" babies born into a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth. Myopic and due to die at 30, he has no chance of a career in a society that now discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. Going underground, he assumes the identity of Jerome, crippled in an accident, and achieves prominence in the Gattaca Corporation, where he is selected for his lifelong desire: a manned mission to Saturn's 14th moon (titan).

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Outbreak - Warner Bros.
Call Number: DVD Fic Outbreak
A deadly virus from the jungles of Zaire makes its way into a California community and has the potential to wipe out all mankind.


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