Sci-fi isn’t really a genre that I’ve read much of, but I always enjoy it when I do. If you read a lot of sci-fi, then you’ve probably read these already. If, like me, you don’t read much in this genre, though, hopefully you’ll find something here that interests you, too!
I have five books to talk about, so let’s just get into the post!
Dune by Frank Herbert
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis. Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.
I don’t know much about this except that, like the description says, it’s one of the world’s best selling science fiction novels. Also, my dad says it’s a lot like Star Wars, so, as someone who likes Star Wars, I feel like that means I’ll definitely like it.
I’m slightly intimidated by this one, because I feel like it will be dense and complicated. But, I know that once I start, I’m most likely going to love it!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome”. Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia – and possibly the known universe – is in their hands. But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope. Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
One sci-fi book I have read and really enjoyed is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and Gemina is the sequel to that. If you haven’t read Illuminae, you should! It’s such a great story told in a unique way. Instead of normal text, it’s made up of case files and illustrations. It’s a big, yet quick read and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Gemina was released in October of last year, and I have yet to get to it! I’m hoping that putting it on this list will give me the push I need to get to it!
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Lyra: From distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects – Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72 – manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.
Gemma: Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connected to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72 – and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.
Two girls, two stories, one novel. While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.
Replica came out this past fall, and it’s been on my TBR ever since then. While I haven’t heard much about it recently, there was a lot of buzz around it when it was first released. The concept of the story is really unique. It’s basically like two books in one. Like the description says, the chapters for Lyra and Gemma can be read either separately or in alternating chapters. The plot of the story sounds unique and interesting as well, so I’m excited to dive in and find out what I think!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.
From what I’ve heard about this book, it seems like it’s sci-fi with more of a focus on romance. And, while I don’t always like romance, I’m hoping that this book lives up to m expectations for it. I’m interested to finally get to it and see what I think!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the cast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Like These Broken Stars, this book sounds like it has a bit more of an emphasis on romance than the other books on this list. Despite that, I’m still really excited to read it. The plot sounds a lot like the movie Passengers, and I’m looking forward to the element of mystery that I think the story will have.
That’s it! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on this list and if you liked them or not. Also, be sure to leave me any suggestions of sci-fi books that you think I’d like to read in the comments.
Thanks for reading!