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Dark Science Fiction


No need for science fiction to be bright and sparkly with happy endings. Enjoy high-octane dark science fiction instead with plenty of action, adventure, and even some horror elements.

Pass, Emma.

In the year 2113, seventeen-year-old Jenna Strong is helped to escape from Mileway Maximum Security Prison outside London in order to help destroy ACID, the most brutal and controlling police force in history.

Haig, Francesca.
The fire sermon

A nuclear apocalypse has devastated the human race and planet Earth. Animal species are wiped out, the ground no longer produces enough food, and humans now have a genetic quirk--all babies are born as twins, one deformed and one "perfect." This determines a child's station in life, either as member of the ruling class known as Alphas, or the downtrodden Omegas. As children Cass and Zach are both "perfect," until Zach betrays Cass's hidden Omega secret. Cass can see the future, a dangerous and feared ability that only occurs in rare Omegas. Meanwhile, Zach prospers in the Alpha hierarchy and works toward building a society that will all but destroy the Omegas.

Lyga, Barry.
After the red rain

Set in a future world of environmental collapse and mass poverty, a mysterious boy named Rose discovers he possesses inhuman powers that can irrevocably change the lives of everyone on the planet.

Helvig, Kristi.
Burn out

One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment. Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. Mercenaries soon come to take the incredibly advanced weapons created by her father, and Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all.

Gaither, Stefanie.
Falls the shadow

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality by cloning them at birth. The new Violet even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced. She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school...

Pass, Emma.
The Fearless

The Fearless are an army powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect though--anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Driza, Debra.
Mila 2.0

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

DeStefano, Lauren.
Perfect ruin

On the floating city of Internment,you can be anything you dream. There's only one rule: you don't approach THE EDGE. If you do, it's already over. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating. Nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find.

Wiggins, Bethany.

When a vaccine to save endangered bees causes their sting to turn children into ferocious killer beasts, the uninfected build a wall to keep the beasts out, but Fiona wakes up on the wrong side of the wall.

Terrill, Cristin
All our yesterdays

Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain that direct her to change the past. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.