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150+ YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books Set in the United States



YA SFF blog is putting together massive lists of books with settings all around the world! To start off, we put together 150+ books set in the United States (the territories will be included in upcoming Americas post). Check them out below, and if you don't see your favorites, feel free to comment!



Alabama


Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith


Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.



The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore


Can love last beyond the grave? Find out in this YA Fantasy that is full of romance, tension, and mystery.


Alaska


The Wild Lands by Paul Greci


The Wild Lands is a pulse-pounding YA thriller full of shocking plot twists. It’s the ultimate survival tale of humanity’s fight against society’s collapse.



Hostile Territory by Paul Greci


In Paul Greci’s Hostile Territory, a catastrophic earthquake strands four teens in the Alaskan wilderness—and leaves them without a civilization to return to.



Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall


Melissa Albert meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl's hunt for the truth about her mother's disappearance.



Crave by Tracy Wolff


A YA Fantasy full of romance, vampires, and fun. Reviewers rave that it is the next Twilight.



Arizona


Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland


Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Roswell by way of Laurie Halse Anderson in this astonishing, genre-bending novel about a Mexican American teen who discovers profound connections between immigration, folklore, and alien life.



Dragon Magic by Ashley McLeo & Kelly N. Jane


Dragon Magic is an upper YA/NA dragon shifter contemporary fantasy adventure novel. If you like loads of action, a slow-burn romance, and characters who will steal your heart, you’ll love Dragon Magic.



Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos


Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of zombies.



Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco


Gripping, fantastical, and delightfully funny, Wicked As You Wish is perfect for readers looking for:

• young adult magic, mythology, and folklore

• LGBTQ representation

• diverse characters

• creative new takes on classic stories

• fresh and dazzling world building



Arkansas


Eventide by Sarah Goodman


Eventide is an evocative YA historical fantasy thriller by debut author Sarah Goodman, for fans of Jennifer Donnelly and Libba Bray.



Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié


Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Wicked series, have created an entirely new trilogy with the passion of Twilight and the grandeur of Fallen. The Wolf Springs Chronicles introduces readers to a town of secrets and the new girl who's about to start believing in werewolves.



California


Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


A trans boy determined to prove he's a brujo to his Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut.



The Reluctant Witch by Kristen S. Walker


A young witch who just wants to be invisible. A beautiful mermaid who doesn’t belong. A secret relationship that threatens the entire academy.



The Lost Coast by A.R. Capetta


The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.



Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs


Don't miss this unforgettable trilogy combining time travel, mystery, and romance with a tough heroine who will do whatever it takes to save the ones she loves.

The future is inevitable...or is it?



Colorado


Haven Fall by Sara Holland


A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it--at any cost. New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland crafts a breathtaking new contemporary fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.



Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young


From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes the start of a thrilling, subversive new series about a girls-only boarding school with a terrifying secret and the friends who will stop at nothing to protect each other.



Elleson by Misha McCorkle


Daisy's father raised her to think differently, to think beyond life in their small town. Maybe that’s why she never fit in, why people keep her at arm’s length. Or maybe it's her scarred face and broken body.



Spartan Heart by Jennifer Estep


At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

New school year, same old problems...



Connecticut


Sear by Nina Malkin


A promise broken. A bond betrayed. What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love? “The drama is high” (Booklist) in this paranormal sequel to Swoon.



Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher


Stranger Things with a ghostly twist! This gripping, genre-bending debut is a book not to miss.



The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.



Reverie by Ryan La Sala


A "joyously, riotously queer" (Kirkus) young adult fantasy from debut author Ryan La Sala, Reverie is a wildly imaginative story about dreams becoming reality, perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Laini Taylor.



Delaware


I couldn't find any Delaware books that were YA sci-fi or fantasy. If you find/or know of a YA sci-fi or fantasy set in Delaware, please comment below and I will add it!


Florida


The Kindred by Alechia Dow


To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor…



Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester


In this gorgeously written and authentic novel, Verónica, a Peruvian-American teen with hip dysplasia, auditions to become a mermaid at a Central Florida theme park in the summer before her senior year, all while figuring out her first real boyfriend and how to feel safe in her own body.



Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson


From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a gritty and raw portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up.



Lobizona by Romina Garber


"Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world." - BOOKLIST (Starred Review)



Georgia


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.



Fallen by Lauren Kate


Read FALLEN, the worldwide sensation that's both dangerously exciting and darkly romantic.



Seven Crowns by E.V. Everest


Travel to a glittering, dangerous world with political alliances and ballgowns, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Cinder.



One Foot in the Grave: An Almost Zombie Tale by Shanti Krishnamurty


It's the summer after graduation, and all Isis wants to do is hang out and party with her friends. Unfortunately, her boyfriend has other plans. When a fun trip to Savannah leaves her with a bite mark on her neck and a strange craving for raw brains, her journey of self-discovery begins in the weirdest place imaginable: a rundown church full of misfits, all struggling to fit in.



Hawaii


Rise of the Mano by Leialoha Humpherys


The alchemist, the messenger, and the true king must join together and destroy soran, the island’s ancient pools of long life and immunity. Will the three heroes put aside their differences to unify, or will they fall apart, along with the rest of the island?



Lehua by Leialoha Humpherys


Lehua is inspired by the story of Rapunzel, as well as Hawaiian mythology, folklore, and culture. Fans of clean romance and happily ever afters will be moved by Lehua, the first book in The Enchanted Hawai‘i Collection, a fairy tale and folklore retelling series set in ancient Hawaii.



The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its sparkling wit, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir and Leigh Bardugo.



The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan


In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani's epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.



Idaho


Dead America - Idaho Pt. 1 by Derek Slaton


After depleting an alarming amount of resources securing Seattle from the undead menace, Captain Kersey and his elite team of soldiers embark on a mission to Boise, Idaho in search of a reliable source of ammunition.



Nemesis by Brandan Reichs


Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.



Illinois


Divergent by Veronica Roth


This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.



Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler


Runebinder is wall-to-wall elemental magic and mayhem. Alex R. Kahler knows how to rock some socks.” —Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns



The Guardian of the Palace by Steven Morris


Everyone knows magic isn’t real.

Alien invaders? Ha!

But something destroyed an entire skyscraper in a never-before-seen implosion. One skeptical security guard stands between monsters and magic that threaten the world.



Rise of Midnight by Sara A. Freites


Helping vampires send a demon back to hell wasn't how Autumn thought she'd spend spring break.



Indiana


Stranger Things: Rebel Robin by A. R. Capetta


High school is a monster, and it's eating everyone Robin knows. Discover the backstory of the new Stranger Things fan favorite character, Robin, played by Maya Hawke!



Iowa


Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith


In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.



Kansas


Lock Down by Aella Black


Lock Down is the first book in a young adult urban fantasy trilogy that's full of interesting characters and more than a few villains.



Definitely Not Kansas by Tom Monteleone & F. Paul Wilson


Definitely Not Kansas is the first volume of the Nocturnia Cycle, a series for both adults and young readers, middle grades and up.



Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett


The last words Ash hears her mother say are, “When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”



Dorothy Must Die


The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige. Start at the beginning and discover your new series to binge!



Kentucky


Where Echoes Lie by Shannon Schuren


In this eerie thriller of a ghost story, a teenage girl must solve the mystery of the ghost bride that has haunted her community in rural Kentucky for more than a century.



The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry


Emily Henry's stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler's Wife and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we've left untaken.



Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne


The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away.



The Spirit Hollows by P.R. Brewer


A spooky steampunk Young Adult novel for fans of Stranger Things, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Cherie Priest.



Lousiana


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh


New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.



Magical Miri by Debra Kristi


There are the witches of the Quarter...and then there's the unwanted magical bloodline. The family so secret, even its youngest members are unaware. Like me.



Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes


From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of survival in the face of Hurricane Katrina.



Vial Things by Leah Clifford


A gripping young adult novel that fans call "thrilling" and "a great urban fantasy read that kept me coming back for more!"



Maine


What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo


Rose Szabo's thrilling debut is a dark fantasy novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls. This exquisitely terrifying and beautiful tale will sink its teeth into you and never let go.



My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham


Wilder Girls meets The Craft in this Sapphic horror debut that asks: what price would you be willing to pay to achieve your deepest desires?



Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Nora finds forbidden love with her fallen angel, in the first in the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.



Horrid by Katrina Leno


From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.



Maryland


The Reckoning by D.M. Taylor


D.M. Taylor's, The Reckoning, created a mixture of a science fiction and real-life feel that had me utterly captivated. The characters were well-built and easy to love. The story was a fabulous journey that so many readers will enjoy. Overall, I loved everything about this book." -Goodreads Reader



Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson


The Hate U Give meets Internment in this pulse-pounding thriller about an impenetrable dome around Baltimore that is keeping the residents in and information from going out during a city-wide protest.



Dread Nation by Justina Ireland


At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.



Massachusetts


The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette


When a spaceship lands in Sorrow Falls, a lovable and fearless small-town girl is the planet’s only hope for survival.



These Witches Don't Burn


Isabel Sterling's delightful, suspenseful debut is equal parts sweet romance and thrilling mystery. With everything she loves on the line, Hannah must confront this murderous villain before her coven--and any chance she has with the new girl--is destroyed.



Iron Cast by Destiny Soria


Partners in crime with magical talents must stick together in order to survive in this “energetic and original” YA historical fantasy (Kirkus, starred review).



What Lies Beneath by Marissa Doyle


It’s 1917, and everyone is doing their bit now that America has entered the Great War—everyone except 17-year-old Emma Verlaine. Her overprotective dad won’t let her go to nursing school while he’s off doing war work; instead, she’s been sent to stay for the summer with her Gran on an island off Cape Cod, and the most she’ll be able to do for the war effort is knit socks.



Michigan


Titans by Victoria Scott


Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.



A Million Junes by Emily Henry


Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.



The Six by K. B. Hoyle


"Author K. B. Hoyle pens scenes that pop with vibrant details, making the world of Alitheia vivid and very much alive for the reader... The world of fantasy fiction is brought to an entirely new level with this outstanding series." - Literary Classics International Book Awards



Edge of Collapse by Kyla Stone


From USA Today Bestselling Author Kyla Stone comes the complete seven book Edge of Collapse series, a post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller featuring flawed, complex characters and high-octane action adventure. Perfect for fans of Ryan Schow, Grace Hamilton, Bobby Akart, A.G. Riddle, and Jack Hunt.



Minnesota


All These Bodies by Kendare Blake


Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation. In this edge-of-your-seat mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake, the truth is as hard to believe as it is to find.



Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT.



Mississippi


Rogue Untouched by Alisa Kwitney


Rogue’s frightening new mutant powers keep her at arms-length from the world, but two strangers offer a chance to change her life forever, in this exhilarating Marvel Super Hero adventure



Red Magnolia by Lucy Holden


Even if it means binding herself to the curse forever.

Red Magnolia is the bewitching first installment of the Nightgarden Saga, a heart wrenching YA/NA paranormal romance series, full of Southern Gothic atmosphere, supernatural adventure, and shocking twists that will keep you turning pages deep into the night.



Searching for Shelter by Stephanie Mychreest, Misty Zaugg, & Mike Kraus


Featuring a powerful cast of characters, Aftermath delves deep into a frighteningly realistic "what if" scenario, showcasing both the prepared and unprepared, and showing what tenacity, courage and drive can do in the face of insurmountable odds.



Missouri


Deadly Lockdown by Stephanie Mylchreest & Misty Zaugg


From the authors of the top-selling Aftermath series, Deadly Lockdown is the first book in a gripping post-apocalyptic series full of everyday, driven characters who never quit fighting through non-stop peril and danger. A post-apoc thriller just right for fans of Kyla Stone, T.L. Payne, Ryan Schow, Jack Hunt and Mike Kraus.



Tracker220 by Jamie Krakover


When everyone has a brain-interfacing tracking chip, one glitch threatens the entire network.

Kaya Weiss is that glitch.



P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer


Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.



Montana


The Bone Wars by Erin Evan


For 65 million years, the Badlands of Montana have held a secret hidden in their depths...



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


"This story is no ordinary vampire tale. Mead has done her homework on Romanian folklore and Orthodox Catholic saints, and she uses it to weave a unique and mesmerizing mystery with a whodunit ending that even the most skilled detectives will not predict. With social angst that every teenager can appreciate and sexual tension that leaves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight looking like a children's book, this little gem is sure to be a hit."For 65 million years, the Badlands of Montana have held a secret hidden in their depths...—VOYA



Nebraska