Thrillers for Teens

From science fiction to the paranormal to creepy biotechnology scenarios, these books for teens are sure to thrill.

By Faye and Aliza Kellerman
Prism takes us to a slightly alternate universe in which medicine and health care do not exist, and in which sick people are allowed to die without any care. Set in New Mexico and California, the novel features three teens that fall through a cave at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a field trip. They are plunged into a frightening parallel universe – seven weeks in the past, in which their "normal" worlds of family and high school remain the same...except for the fact that no medicine exists and when people die in the street they are picked up and disposed of.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary E. Pearson
Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity.

By Kevin Brooks
After doctors snake a fiber-optic tube down Robert Smiths throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, Robert embarks on a violent odyssey to find out exactly who--and what--he is.

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Double Helix
By Nancy Werlin
Rich and suspenseful with a hair-raising conclusion, this dynamic novel explores the ethics and amazements of genetic engineering.

By Robin Wasserman
After an accident nearly kills Lia Kahn, her consciousness is downloaded into a new body that only looks human. However, she becomes alienated from her old life. Lia joins others like her, but they are hated – and feared.

By Peter Dickinson
The picnic on the beach is Eva's last memory. As she lies in the hospital bed while her mother explains about the accident and the coma, Eva senses there is something they are not telling her – a price she must pay to be alive.

By Scott Westerfeld
In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice.

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