good action/sci-fi book...?

I'm 15 years old and I have to prepare a book talk for my 9th Grade LA class...[a book talk is basically a book report & book analysis all combined into a 13 minute presentation] BUT i need to find a book that would work well. I'm mostly into sci-fi/action, post-apocolyptic books, so i'd really like to use a book like that. It would also be nice if it was written for teens, because i only have roughly 2 weeks to read it, and adult sci-fi books normally take me awhile to read. It can be around 300 pages. Any suggestions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    * indicates appropriate for younger readers

    Madeleine L'Engle:

    A Wrinkle in Time *

    A Wind in the Door *

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet *

    Many Waters *

    E. E. "Doc" Smith:

    Triplanetary *

    First Lensman *

    Galactic Patrol *

    Gray Lensman *

    Second Stage Lensman *

    Children of the Lens *

    The Vortex Blaster (a.k.a. Masters of the Vortex) *

    The Skylark of Space series *

    Andre Norton:

    Starman's Son *

    Galactic Derelict *

    The Time Traders *

    Solar Queen

    Ursula K. Le Guin:

    The Telling *

    The Word for World is Forest *

    The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia *

    The Left Hand of Darkness *

    City of Illusions *

    Planet of Exile *

    Rocannon's World *

    The Lathe of Heaven *

    Jules Verne:

    Journey to the Center of the Earth *

    Isaac Asimov (a.k.a. Paul French) - I met Asimov years ago in New York City at a Science Teachers' convention. He died 1992. His works include:

    David Starr, Space Ranger *

    Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids *

    Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus *

    Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury *

    Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter *

    Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn *

    Prelude to Foundation


    Foundation and Empire

    Second Foundation

    Foundation's Edge

    Foundation and Earth

    Forward the Foundation

    I, Robot (Nothing like the movie!)

    The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)

    The Naked Sun (Robot Series)

    The Robots of Dawn (Robot Series)

    Robots and Empire (Robot Series)

    The Currents of Space (Empire Series)

    The Stars, Like Dust (Empire Series)

    Pebble in the Sky (Empire Series)

    The Gods Themselves



    Fantastic Voyage


    The End of Eternity

    Ray Bradbury:

    The Martian Chronicles *

    Farenheit 451 (First published in 1953. A future totalitarian regime has banned books and they are burned.)

    Dandelion Wine

    The Illustrated Man

    H. G. Wells:

    The Time Machine *

    The War of the Worlds *

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Invisible Man

    Larry Niven:


    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle:

    The Mote in God's Eye

    Lucifer's Hammer

    Edwin A. Abbott:

    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dionys Burger wrote a sequel called Sphereland which unfortunately is out of print.)

    Arthur C. Clarke:

    Against the Fall of Midnight *

    Childhood's End

    Rendevous with Rama

    The City and the Stars

    The Fountains of Paradise

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2010: Odyssey Two

    2061: Odyssey Three

    3001: The Final Odyssey

    Robert A. Heinlein:

    Rocket Ship Galileo *

    Space Cadet *

    Red Planet *

    Farmer in the Sky *

    Between Planets *

    The Rolling Stones (Space Family Stone) *

    Starman Jones *

    The Star Beast *

    Tunnel in the Sky *

    Time for the Stars *

    Citizen of the Galaxy *

    Have Space Suit-Will Travel *

    Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon *

    Tenderfoot in Space *

    Green Hills of the Earth

    The Past Through Tomorrow

    Double Star

    The Door Into Summer

    Starship Troopers

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


    Glory Road

    Time Enough for Love

    The Puppet Masters

    Podkayne of Mars *

    Time for the Stars

    Red Planet

    Farnham's Freehold

    Stranger in a Strange Land (a classic of science fiction)

    Stanley Robinson:

    Red Mars

    Green Mars

    Blue Mars

    Orson Scott Card:

    Ender's Game

    Ender's Shadows

    A War of Gifts: An Ender Story

    Speaker for the Dead

    Walter Tevis:

    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Frederick Pohl:


    David Brin:



    Startide Rising

    The Uplift War

    Brightness Reef

    Infinity's Shore

    Heaven's Reach

    Glory Season

    The Postman

    Kiln People

    Joe Haldeman:

    The Forever War

    James Blish:

    Cities in Flight

    Gene Wolfe:

    Book of the New Sun

    The Wizard Knight

    Stanislav Lem:




    The Star Diaries

    Philip K. Dick:

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    The Policeman Said

    Flow My Tears

    The Man in the High Castle


    George Orwell:


    Frank Herbert:


    Dune Messiah

    Children of Dune

    God Emperor of Dune

    Heretics of Dune

    Chapter House of Dune

    Kurt Vonnegut:

    Slaughterhouse Five

    Cat's Cradle

    Aldous Huxley:

    Brave New World

    Douglas Adams:

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Nancy Farmer:

    The House of the Scorpion (Humans despise clones, but young Matt is the clone of El Patron and that gives him special status.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you like Star Wars, there's a book called "Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader". It takes place after Revenge of the Sith, and it's about a group of Jedi trying to survive in a galaxy that has suddenly betrayed them. But you'll only really understand it if you've seen Star Wars (especially Episode III). It's over 300 pages, but it goes by fast.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I myself am a huge fan of Science "fiction," a book that is short and that will ultimately blow your mind away is the infamous book by H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine." Not only is it filled with action and suspense but it very interestingly and brilliantly describes the logic behind what could make time travel a reality. This book is timeless (bad joke: I know).

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  • itchy
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    1 decade ago

    A really good book is "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

    But don't take my word for it (duhduh duh)

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