Recommended Australian fantasy & sci-fi for teens

Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom

Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom

P.M. Freestone

In Aramtesh, scent has power. When the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It's up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince's loyal bodyguard to find...

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 Read reviewHive

Hive

A. J. Betts

A compelling and immersive alternate-world story from the award-winning and bestselling author of Zac & Mia.

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 Read reviewA Curse of Ash and Embers

A Curse of Ash and Embers

Jo Spurrier

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This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, Book 2)

This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, Book 2)

Emily Suvada

Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases arise, she must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control.

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Vardaesia

Vardaesia

Lynette Noni

Vardaesia is the final book in the best-selling and critically acclaimed Medoran Chronicles.

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Prisoncorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 3)

Prisoncorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 3)

Marlee Jane Ward

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 Read reviewAurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1)

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1)

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

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Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte

Keralie is the best pickpocket in all of the kingdoms of Quadara, but when she steals a comm disk and realizes a royal murder plot is afoot, she must learn who to trust and fast.

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 Read reviewHighway Bodies

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

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 Read reviewThis Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

Emily Suvada

A breathtaking debut about one girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future.

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 Read reviewLifel1k3 (Lifelike)

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike)

Jay Kristoff

From the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that's part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.

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 Read reviewRiver Stone

River Stone

Rachel Hennessy

A story of confused love, difficult friendships and clumsy attempts at heroism

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 Read reviewMisrule

Misrule

Jodi McAlister

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 Read reviewFrogkisser!

Frogkisser!

Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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In The Dark Spaces

In The Dark Spaces

Cally Black

The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing hostage drama about 14-year-old Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her kidnappers.

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 Read reviewObsidio: The Illuminae Files_03

Obsidio: The Illuminae Files_03

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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 Read reviewValentine

Valentine

Jodi McAlister

Valentine is the first in a page-turning young adult series featuring Pearl and Finn, from explosive new talent Jodi McAlister.

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Whisper

Whisper

Lynette Noni

A girl known as Jane Doe who has the power to change reality has been held in a secret government facility for more than two years, but everything changes when she gets a new handler, the mysterious but kind Landon Ward.

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Mindcull

Mindcull

K.H. Canobi

Who can you trust when nothing is as real as virtual reality?

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Gap Year in Ghost Town

Gap Year in Ghost Town

Michael Pryor

Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart,...

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Singing My Sister Down And Other Stories

Singing My Sister Down And Other Stories

Margo Lanagan

An outstanding collection of thirteen short stories from the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning author of Sea Hearts and Tender Morsels.

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Waer

Waer

Meg Caddy

When Lowell Sencha finds the strange girl lying as if dead on the riverbank, he is startled to find that she is like them: waer. Human, but able to assume the form of a wolf. The Sencha family's small community has kept itself...

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Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Marlee Jane Ward

A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager's last week at an industrial orphanage.

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The Cracks in the Kingdom: The Colours of Madeleine Book 2

The Cracks in the Kingdom: The Colours of Madeleine Book 2

Jaclyn Moriarty

Madeleine and Elliot must unlock the dangerous cracks between the Kingdom and the World to save the royal family.

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 Read reviewRazorhurst

Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the...

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 Read reviewA Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

A Corner of White: The Colours of Madeleine Book 1

Jaclyn Moriarty

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them

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Zeroes

Zeroes

Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan

Global bestseller Scott Westerfeld returns to his Uglies heartland with a fast-paced new YA trilogy.

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The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities -- Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers … and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals.

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The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

The Tribe Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author)

A storm was stretching out across futures to swallow everything in nothing, and it was growing larger, which meant it was getting nearer...

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This Is Shyness

Leanne Hall

In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn't rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the...

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Abhorsen

Abhorsen

Garth Nix

Beneath the earth, a malignant force lies waiting, greedy for freedom from its ancient prison. As the Old Kingdom falls once more into a realm of darkness and terror, the people look desperately to the Abhorsen to save them from...

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Lirael

Lirael

Garth Nix

Dark forces are abroad once more in the Old Kingdom. Lirael, solitary daughter of the Clayr, and Sameth, the reluctant Abhorsen-in-Waiting, both seek the same man who may hold the key to an ancient evil stirring in the West. But...

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 Read reviewFairytales for Wilde Girls

Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Allyse Near

With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house. 

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Sabriel

Sabriel

Garth Nix

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him...

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The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7

The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7

Isobelle Carmody

The post-apocalyptic fantasy series reaches its heartbreaking, world-shaking conclusion!

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The Sending: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 6

The Sending: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 6

Isobelle Carmody

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The Stone Key: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 5

The Stone Key: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 5

Isobelle Carmody

It is the end of wintertime, and when the Farseeker Guildmistress, Elspeth Gordie sets out from Obernewtyn to return the crippled gypsy Darius to his people, she is aware that this is the first time she can openly name herself a...

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The Keeping Place

The Keeping Place

Isobelle Carmody

After a kidnapping, Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to join the rebellion against the oppressive Council, using their extraordinary mind powers. But Elspeth must also seek out clues left by the long-dead seer, Kasanda,...

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Ashling

Ashling

Isobelle Carmody

The powerful farseeker Elspeth Gordie is sent to Sutrium, seat of the totalitarian council that rules the Land, to seal an alliance between the secret Misfit community at Obernewtyn and rebel forces.

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The Farseekers

The Farseekers

Isobelle Carmody

Since their takeover of Obernewtyn, the secret community of Misfits has flourished, protected by their remoteness. Led by Elspeth Gordie, whose extraordinary powers set her apart even among her Misfit friends, an expedition sets...

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Obernewtyn

Obernewtyn

Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. Ages 13+ 1988 CBC...

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Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only...

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