Hello! and welcome to Monthly Recommendations, a group set up on Goodreads for the sole purpose of recommending great books to each other and expanding on what we read. September’s topic is Science Fiction and I’m not going to deny that this is not the easiest genre for me as I don’t read much Sci-Fi. However, I have managed to scrape a few books together so without further ado, let’s get started:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m in the rather rare category of people who don’t particularly like this book because the format, whilst interesting and unique, made it slow to read. I was also not a big fan of the main character Kady. You may then ask why I’m including it as one of my recommendations? Because, the intent to portray the characters and plot through varying styles is well thought out, the format is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and in parts it is fun to read. I just had a hard time getting into it. For how big it is at the moment, I wouldn’t be surprised if you have already heard of it and/or currently have it somewhere on the enormous tbr pile.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I mainly describe this as horror but at the time Mary Shelley was writing, it is an example of science-fiction. What truly does terrify me about this book is that with western medicine and our medical advances, someone like Frankenstein’s monster could become a reality. You can go here to read my synopsis and analytical thoughts about this book, but I do feel it is one of those classics that we need to read once in a lifetime, just to understand and learn about what it means to be human.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This is a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy and it is a fantastic series. Each book is based on a well known fairy tale (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) and I think Marissa Meyer did an amazing job at creating such well-rounded characters and making the sci-fi aspects of this series very accessible. It’s also highly addictive and you want more with each read or re-read.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Moving on far past the lives of sparkly vampires, The Host is Meyer’s first foray into science fiction and I think it was done rather well. This time “souls” are implanted into human hosts and take over their bodies but sometimes that’s easier said than done. For me it has a similar feel to Frankenstein in that it makes us think on what it means to be human and how we perceive everyday actions and emotion. I definitely think that Stephienie Myer improved on her writing, character development, and story when it came to the Host, and it is worth reading at least once.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious is what you get when you cross humans, superpowers, and the blurriness between good and evil. It follows the two characters of Victor and Eli who become entangled in the world of EOs (ExtraOrdinaries) and move from being best friends to mortal enemies. They each have a different idea of what life should be and it’s interesting to witness this moral battle unfold as the plot progresses. Further highlighting VE Schwab’s fantastic writing and storytelling, this is one book not to be missed!`
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If you ask me what the ultimate sci-fi book/series is, I would instantly say this series. It is a cult classic that is hilarious, incredibly well written, ingenious, and an absolute blast to read. If you like audiobooks then the narration by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman is excellent! This series has launched me into the world of science fiction and I’m super excited to discover everything to do with this series. I cannot recommend it enough and I think it is the perfect starter for anyone just getting into science-fiction.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (particularly book one)
- The Time Machine by HG Wells
That is all I have for this month’s recommendations. As I said, I’ve not read many sci-books and at the moment I am on the lookout for more. So if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below and I will go and check them out.
Thanks for reading!