I love a good science fiction book. I think the genre is much broader than a lot of people originally think. I honestly am not a huge fan of the space battles and little green men type of books, but these sci-fi books are right up my alley:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
This is one of the first books in the science fiction genre and opened the door for much of the gothic sci-fi. It’s introspective, eerie, and all-around incredible. The fact that it takes place on earth made it very easy for me to suspend all disbelief and just get into the story.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown:
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. (taken from Amazon)
This series is brutal but brilliant. It’s a part action, part militarist novel, with incredible world(s) building. No character is untouchable, and I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time.
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card:
The human race is at War with the “Buggers,” an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth–they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In Ender’s Shadow, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean–the one who became Ender’s right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean’s past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender…. (taken from Amazon)
It makes much more sense if you read Ender’s Game first (you really should; it’s one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read), but I like this book better. It’s a parallel novel, telling the story from the perspective of Bean, who was my favorite in Ender’s Game. It starts with his origin, which is engrossing, and moves on to join with the events in Ender’s Game. It’s wonderful.
The Coldfire triology by C.S. Friedman:
Over a millennium ago, Erna, a seismically active yet beautiful world was settled by colonists from far-distant Earth. But the seemingly habitable planet was fraught with perils no one could have foretold. The colonists found themselves caught in a desperate battle for survival against the fae, a terrifying natural force with the power to prey upon the human mind itself, drawing forth a person’s worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life.
Twelve centuries after fate first stranded the colonists on Erna, mankind has achieved an uneasy stalemate, and human sorcerers manipulate the fae for their own profit, little realizing that demonic forces which feed upon such efforts are rapidly gaining in strength.
Now, as the hordes of the dark fae multiply, four people—Priest, Adept, Apprentice, and Sorcerer—are about to be drawn inexorably together for a mission which will force them to confront an evil beyond their imagining, in a conflict which will put not only their own lives but the very fate of humankind in jeopardy. (taken from Amazon)
A delicious blend of sci-fi and fantasy, the series is like nothing else I’ve read. My husband introduced it to me years ago, and I’ve read it at least twice more since then because it’s that good.
Steelheart (The Reckoners book #1)by Brandon Sanderson:
How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
If someone destroyed your city?
If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
This superhero- meets- spy novel is a lot of fun. It’s fast-moving, and incredibly creative. Brandon Sanderson is an incredibly talented author, and this book is one-of-a-kind.
Fray by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, and Andy Owens (graphic novel):
Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn’t notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind? Joss Whedon, the celebrated creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings his vision to the future in this unique tale. As inventive in the comics medium as in that of television of film, Whedon spins a complex tale of a skilled thief coming of age without the help of friends or family, guided only by a demonic Watcher. (taken from Amazon)
This is so stinking good! Enough said.
What are some sci-fi books I’ve missed? Have you read any of these?