Although the books vs. computers debate will go on infinitely, you may want to try this “happy medium” solution: read about computers! Bonus points if you read it on an e-reader.
1. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Little Brother duology Book 1)
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A teen hacker plays an alternate reality game with his friends, later being accused of a terrorist attack and tortured by the department of Homeland Security. The sequel Homeland is just as suspenseful and politically relevant.
2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
In this book, a girl meets a boy living in poverty when she plays an online MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) and must decide on the right thing to do.
3. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
A boy training to be a gastroenterologist feels he must choose between college and video games, all the while under pressure from his family.
4. Twinmaker by Sean Williams (Twinmaker trilogy Book 1)
Clair and Libby are best friends, so when they find a mysterious online game they decide to try it out together. Of course, in a futuristic world of teleportation and mentally-integrated Internet access, this game is far more than meets the eye.
5. Sun Signs by Shelley Hrdlitschka
When a girl does an astrology project as a remote-schooling assignment, she discovers that her fellow remote-learning classmates are not who they seem to be. This book is unique as it is told in emails.
6. Trackers by Patrick Carman (Trackers series Book 1)
Have you ever wanted to spy on people? The teens in Trackers do just that, getting into a bit of trouble along the way. (Note: This book has some corresponding online content that requires online registration. I never signed up for it myself, so I do not know what it includes or what is required for registration. The book was aimed at middle-grade readers, so the content is suitable for teens; however, it could be bothersome to some readers.)
7. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series Book 1)
Alex Rider becomes a spy for MI6 in London and must pretend to be the winner of a computer contest in order to investigate suspicious occurrences. Although the characterization leaves something to be desired, there is plenty of action.
8. STORM: The Infinity Code by E. L. Young (STORM series Book 1)
A group of teens gifted in science run away to Russia to solve a mystery involving black holes. With detailed descriptions of scientific gadgets, any science lover will enjoy this book.
9. Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde (Rasmussen series)
A girl must retrieve her sister from inside a video game. It’s a quick read and not all that interesting, but the concept of the game is fun.
10. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
June must take a side in a growing controversy over the use of technology in Palmares Tres, the pyramid-shaped glass city in future Brazil where she lives. However, the story is so much more than that, and it is one of the most beautifully-written books I have ever read.
Happy (digital) reading!