Sci-Fi Recommendations

So, this year so far, has been incredibly fantasy heavy. I think I have only read 4 sci-fi books this year so I decided I am going to shout out 5 sci-fi books/series that I really enjoyed and recommend them to you today.

Stars Wars: From a Certain Point of View – Various

Plot: On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han, Luke, Leia, a pair of droids, a Wookiee, an old wizard, a villain in black, and a galaxy full of possibilities. Forty years on, Star Wars remains an unparalleled cultural phenomenon, having inspired and influenced generations of fans and creators. Decades of rich storytelling were sparked by one film, in part because the Star Wars galaxy feels alive. Strange and wonderful characters fill the edges of the screen and make us wonder: What are their stories? This unique anthology celebrates that legacy, as more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of the original Star Wars film. Each of the forty stories reimagines a moment from the film through the eyes of a supporting character. From A Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars.

Last year I watched all the Star Wars films in chronological order with my boyfriend and I really enjoyed the universe and wanted to consume more Star Wars related content. This book really filled that hole. I got to read stories from authors I had never heard of and see this film in a whole new light. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Plot for Book 1, Illuminae: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

What drew me to this series was that the story was told through a dossier format. You would be told the story through varying documents — including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more. I had never read a story like this before so I was super intrigued and I love this kind of style now, thanks to this series. It has a really good balance of heart and humour, the characters are really enjoyable and I teared up at the end.

The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Plot: Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain. Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe. 

Now, this was a book I had seen promoted by publishers and fans alike for years. At the time I was still unsure if I liked sci-fi, as I had had a few misses at the time, and I had heard that this book was more character focused than plot focused which is also something that doesn’t really work for me. So, on paper, this book shouldn’t have been my cup of tea but I loved it! I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships to one another. They were all so interesting it didn’t matter that the plot wasn’t the focus of the story.

Requiem Infernal – Peter Fehervari

Plot: The Adepta Sororitas of the Last Candle have stood vigil over their sanctuary world for centuries, striving to decipher their founder’s tormented visions. Outsiders are unwelcome… yet still they come. Decimated by an encounter with a lethal xenos entity, the survivors of an elite Astra Militarum company have journeyed to the Candleworld in search of healing, escorted by a woman who is no stranger there – Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades, who turned her back on the order decades ago. As the seekers near the sect’s bastion, malign forces begin to stir among the planet’s storm-wracked spires, but the most insidious shadows lie in their own souls. 

Now this book intimidated me when I first saw it. I didn’t know anything about the Warhammer world, the writing seemed really detailed in stuff I didn’t understand but I gave it a go and I was blown away. Yes, there were times where I was a bit confused but I was so invested in this story. Fehervari’s writing was amazing, the way he writes tense moments and a tense atmosphere was amazing. I loved this story and was so happy I read it!

Arc of a Scythe Trilogy – Neal Shusterman

Plot of book 1, Scythe: A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 

Now this was a trilogy I was obsessed with! I loved the world this trilogy was set in and I enjoyed learning about the Scythe practices. The politics of this world was done so well and I really enjoyed each and every character good or bad. This is a sci-fi series I will always recommend to people who haven’t read much sci-fi or want to read more of it.

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