List of the Week: Queer YA Fantasy / Sci-Fi


At the request of an anonymous Tumblr user, we’ve rounded up a list of ten queer YA fantasy and sci-fi novels.

proxy alex londonIn Hero by Perry Moore, Thom Creed keeps secrets from his father: his special powers, his invitation to join a league of superheroes, and that he’s gay. But joining the League opens up a new world and new friends, but there’s a deadly conspiracy lurking within the League.

Proxy by Alex London follows Syd, who was born to be the Proxy to Knox, who belongs to one of the City’s wealthiest families. When Knox crashes a car, Syd is condemned to death. But neither boy is free, and together, they escape the City and end up in a cross-country chase.

Anthem’s energy feeds the Grid that fuels the city, energy he gets from mind-altering and addicting music in Coda by Emma TrevayneHis underground rock band – full of uncoded, untainted music – keeps him happy, but when a band member suspiciously dies, Anthem knows it’s only time before they get him – especially with revolution on the way.

Ash by Malinda Lo is a retelling of “Cinderella.” When Ash meets the fairy Sidhean, she thinks Sidhean will steal her away from her cruel stepmother. But when Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, Ash thinks she’s found a new reason to live and love – but Sidehan has already claimed Ash for his own.

ash malinda loOtherbound by Corinne Duyvis follows two different intertwined stories. Amara lives in a fantastical world where she’s forced to protect a cursed princess. Nolan lives in our world, and every time he blinks, he’s yanked into Amara’s mind, a world away. They want to be free of each other, but somebody else has plans for them.

Nature is failing in Huntress by Malinda Lo. Kade and Taisin are chosen to go to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an attempt to save the world. But the Kingdom only needs one huntress to save it.

Pantomime by Laura Lam takes place in a world where the Circus of Magic charms the people of Ellada. Iphigenia Laurus – or Gene – is the daughter of a noble family and uncomfortable in corsets and at balls. Street urchin Micah Grey runs away to join the Circus. But the fates of the tied closer than anybody realizes.

Reese doesn’t remember anything before the accident. But in Adaptation by Malinda Lo, everything has changed, with San Fransisco being combed over by police, collecting strange birds that have been causing accidents. When Reese meets Amber Gray, her search for the truth is sent in a new direction, and she may unveil a vast global conspiracy.

In Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz, Kivali isn’t sure what she is – a boy or a girl, or a human or a lizard. Or both. Or neither. But at CropCamp, she might be able to figure out what she is, especially since she has the gift of Lizard Radio.

Memory is an option in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. The Leteo Institute offers a memory-relief procedure, and while Aaron could use it, he certainly doesn’t believe it works. But then Thomas shows up – sweet Thomas, kind Thomas – and Aaron realizes that, no matter how he pretends, he can’t stop being gay. So he decides the Leteo Institute can help him “straighten” out.

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  1. Steve Berman on

    You might want to include Vintage: A Ghost Story and Red Caps. These are both gay YA spec fic

  2. Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey is also an amazing Urban Fantasy series. You guys should also do a list of Queer YA Dystopian books, because there a ton.

  3. I’d like to recommend Chris O’Guinn’s Hybrids: Arrival. It follows Joaquin Jiminez, JJ, as he tries to help the extraterrestrial life form or ELF Thrace find his father. I loved it, I’m not sure it’s available anymore though.