The Hunger Games and Divergent offer a couple of possible futures for humanity, but they are set in well established futures that are removed from our world by an indeterminate number of years. What about the near future?
In these three books, teens take on a world that’s kind of like ours but with a “what if?” at the center of the story.
What if an extreme religion took over? In Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle, it doesn’t take long for the Church of America to become ubiquitous. Vivian isn’t a believer in the predicted Rapture, but when her parents (and a lot of other people) disappear, she is determined to find out what happened.
What if a bank took over when the economy went really bad? That’s what happens in Hit by Delilah Dawson. Too much debt? You just might become an indentured servant of Valor National Bank.
What if you could choose to forget? More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is the least futuristic of any of these books, but the marketing material for this book sets it in a “near-future summer in the Bronx.” In this future, there is a way to erase memories, and Aaron thinks that might be a way for him to forget a part of himself he doesn’t want to acknowledge.
Can you think of any others to add to this list?