Since childhood, I have dreamed of outer space; but as I got older, I realized I was a little more interested in science fiction than science. I am fascinated with the misunderstood genre of science fiction which is rarely considered of academic merit. My research argues that the study of the existence of non-formulaic protagonists and their significance to young adults can give the genre higher literary status. These kinds of protagonists diversify the identities represented in the genre and reflect its readers. In the image, I have surrounded myself with all the Young Adult science fiction books I read this semester. Behind me, my annotated bibliography exists in the shape of stars; each cut-out formulates an argument supported by my primary texts and secondary sources. Ultimately, if I can help change how this genre is perceived, perhaps I can send more readers to the stars.