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Dystopian Science Fiction for Fifth Grade

Students in the fifth grade at Hoben have an assignment to read a science fiction book that has a dystopian theme. Here is a selection to get them started.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede

The Resisters by Eric Nylund

Sky jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Wake up missing by Kate Messner

Earthfall by Mark Walden

Time snatchers by Richard Ungar

Time trapped by Richard Ungar

Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

The planet thieves by Dan Krokos

Crater: a Helium-3 novel by Homer Hickam

The Ability by M.M. Vaughan ; [illustrations by Iacopo Bruno]

After Earth: Kitai's journal by adapted by Christine Peymani ; based on the screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan ; story by Will Smith ; sketches by Jason Katzenstein

You'll like it here (everybody does) by Ruth White

Raiders' ransom by Emily Diamand

Happenstance found by P. W. Catanese

The clone codes by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack, John McKissack

Cyberia by Chris Lynch


The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The giver by Lois Lowry

The dreamwalker's child by Steve Voake

Ender's game by Orson Scott Card

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick ; wood engravings by the author

Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The walls have eyes by Clare B. Dunkle

Fourth World by Kate Thompson

Museum of thieves by Lian Tanner

The search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi ; with illustrations by the author

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Swipe by Evan Angler

The boy at the end of the world by Greg van Eekhout

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede