Top Ten All-Time Favorite Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-fi

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today will be the first time I’ve participated. This weeks theme is Top Ten All-time Favorite book in a genre. I chose Young Adult, though technically, not all of these fall under the umbrella of YA. But since I also write YA, I find that all of these still fit nicely into the category. So let’s get to it. These are my favorite Top Ten Fantasy & Sci-fi


1) Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

 Because Sanderson gives us an amazing form of magic never seen before in a fantasy. Characters drink different metals that they “burn” to give them super-human abilities. An epic book series that I could talk about for hours. Oh—and did I mention that one of the main characters, Vin, is a girl that can kick some serious butt.

2) The Giver – Lois Lowry

Because in a world where everything seems perfect, it’s anything but. This is dystopian at its finest.

3) The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien

Because if you can’t quite handle the full Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit will give you a taste without tying you down to the three book fantasy.

4) Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Because Ray Bradbury was the genius that gave us our first glance into a world without books.


5) The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Because this is the first time we’ve seen a dystopian world of mazes, monsters, zombies, and a world on the brink of distinction that ends with one saying “Good that.”

6) Wool – Hugh Howey

Because a society living in a silo because the outside world is uninhabitable is an irresistible setting.

7) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Because completely ridiculous, slapstick sci-fi that makes you laugh, is worth the read alone. And also, because a pessimistic robot with a dry sense of humor is funnier than you think.

8) The Host – Stephanie Myer

Because an alien invasion is even cooler when an alien-inhabited human is captured by real humans that live in caves, and a love triangle ensues.

9) Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card

Because a seemingly medieval world where a boy sees the paths (think traces of light) of every living thing that ever walked the face of planet Garden, has a strange connection to a ship carrying sleeping colonists headed for a new planet. Get ready for time manipulation that challenges all the time travel basics in the wrapper of a medieval sci-fi fantasy.

10) Theft of Swords – Michael J. Sullivan

Because two, dark and handsome mercenaries that take you with them into a world of kingdoms, wizards, and dragons, is everything you want in a great fantasy.

I’d love to see your favorites in the comments BECAUSE…there might be a book I need to read! (seriously though, leave a comment)