Lots and lots of young readers are asking for The Hunger Games right now. Maybe you’re looking for something similar to read while you wait for the copy you have on hold. Maybe you have a reader who’s intrigued by the movie but is still a little young for the book. You can try other books by Suzanne Collins, like Gregor the Overlander and the rest of the Underland Chronicles. You can also try some of the science fiction listed here. Some have a scary vision of the future like The Hunger Games; others are less grim but feature interesting worlds and plenty of excitement.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.
Floodland by Marcus Sedwick
After global warming causes the sea to rise until cities in England become islands, ten-year-old Zoe goes on a harrowing solitary boat journey to search for her parents.
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, find out that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to capture them.
The Limit by Kristen Landon
When his family exceeds its legal debt limit, thirteen-year-old Matt is sent to the Federal Debt Rehabilitation Agency workhouse, where he discovers illicit activities are being carried out using the children who have been placed there.
The Monsters of Morley Manor by Bruce Coville
Anthony and his younger sister discover that the monster figures he got in an unusual box at an estate sale are alive, but they have no way of knowing that the “monsters” will lead them on fantastical adventures to other worlds in an effort to try to save Earth.
The Roar by Emma Clayton
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.
The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features “augmented reality” pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine’s world.
The White Mountains by John Christopher
Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
If you’re looking for an exciting science fiction series, Animorphs might be just what you need. When an alien gives five boys and girls the ability to change into different animals, it is the start of many adventures.