Cli-Fi & Eco Fiction

Cli-Fi (or Climate Fiction) is a branch of literary writing that deals mainly with climate change, global warming, and/or weather-related catastrophes.  Traditionally, it used to be a sub-genre of post-apocalyptic dystopian stories, however, with the issue of global warming becoming more widely discussed and debated, it has become a more established separate genre of writing.

The nature (pun intended) of Eco Fiction is more broad in scope than Climate Fiction, in that it deals mainly with relationships between organisms (animals, plants, humans) and their environments.


The Islands at the End of the World by Austin AslanThe Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

Stranded in Honolulu when a strange cloud causes a worldwide electronics failure, sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father must make their way home to Hilo amid escalating perils, including her severe epilepsy.



H20 by Virginia BerginH2O by Virginia Bergin

When a strange rain falls bearing a fatal, contagious disease, Ruby finds herself alone with the only drinkable water quickly running out.




After the Snow by S. D. CrockettAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.



The Ward by Jordana FrankelThe Ward by Jordana Frankel

Set in a futuristic Manhattan after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, sixteen-year-old Ren must race against a conspiracy to find freshwater springs and a cure for the deadly disease that has stricken her sister and many others in the Ward.



Skink No Surrender by Carl HiaasenSkink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.




Firestorm by David Klass Firestorm by David Klass

After learning that he has been sent from the future for a special purpose, eighteen-year-old Jack receives help from an unusual dog and a shape-shifting female fighter.




The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci LloydThe Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.



Ashfall by Mike MullinAshfall by Mike Mullin

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.



Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth PfefferLife as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.




Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle–but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.


last updated: February 2016

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I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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