So, to those people who want to give Science Fiction a try, but aren't quite sure where to start, or to those people who want to find a particular type of sci-fi book, hopefully this post will give you a bit of help. Since I mostly read YA, a lot of the books featured in this post are going to be be YA novels. Don't know what else to write in this introduction, so let's get straight into it:
haha you people are probably tired of me going on and on about this book, but seriously. It's so good. I do have to say it's one of the more sci-fi like sci-fi novels (wait that sounds weird. I mean to say the focus is on the sci-fi side of things rather than on romance and what not) so it's not for everyone, but for people who want a bit more sci-fi focused book, I'd recommend this one.
The Classics: Sci-Fi Style- Cinder, Of Beast and Beauty, For Darkness Shows the Stars
These three are retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Persuasion respectively. They're all quite good, and bring a nice sci-fi twist to their original tales. FDSTS is quite romance focused (as you would expect from a retelling of Jane Austen) so maybe start with that one if you like that sort of thing.
Okay, granted, the blurb of this sounds pretty cliched. I mean, 'stopping the clock and saving the planet', yeah, sounds pretty crappy. The book itself is rather amazing though- and quite action packed and fast paced. And the parallel universe stuff- boy, I was not expecting that to be so good.
Timey Wimey Stuff- All Our Yesterdays, Time Between Us
The amazingness of All Our Yesterdays can basically be described in one word: Finn. Although I wasn't completely convinced about the science behind the time travel in this book, the characters and action were sufficient for me to make this book a Panacea Candidate. Time Between Us, similarly, seemed a bit more like a paranormal rather than a sci-fi because the time travel could only be done by one individual and kinda seemed more a super power rather than a scientific thing, but whatever. It's still time travel.
ALIENS!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!- In the After, The 5th Wave
On the GR page a lot of people have shelved In the After as a zombie book, but I seem to recall "Them" more so being aliens rather than zombies? Maybe they're zombie-like aliens. The 5th Wave is definitely aliens, and woah, it was gooood.
Everyone is Dying- Partials, Wither
These are both dystopians where EVERYONE IS DOOMED. Different reasons though. In Partials, all the babies are dying because of a virus named the RM virus, and in Wither, everyone has a limited lifespan because of all this genetic experimentation that has done. Both pretty good.
Travel Through Space- These Broken Stars, Across the Universe
These Broken Stars has pretty much no sci-fi stuff in it, but it's still technically classed as "sci-fi" because it's set in space. Just think of it as a romance/survival novel that happens to be set on another planet rather than the Amazon forest or whatever. Across the Universe has a lot of science fail in it (I direct you to this post), but if you don't mind a bit of scientific inaccuracy, it's not a bad read.
What is this Sorcery- The Knife of Never Letting Go, Gameboard of the Gods
These two are both sci-fi books with fantasy twists. To convince you of the merit of the first book, read the blurb and here's an additional quote: Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking. Surely that should be enough to convince you to pick it up. The fantasy aspect of Gameboard of the Gods is really very interesting, but I can't say too much about it because spoilers. Just go read it.
Dude, science. GLORIOUS SCIENCE. *flails*
Why Don't We Have This Technology Nowwwww- Insignia, Ready Player One
I'm sad that we cannot somehow extract the technology from these books and use them in real life. Insignia has these brain computer things that make you super smart (gimme) and Ready Player One has this virtual reality technology that ERMAHGERD ME WANT.
So yeah, I think all of these books are pretty good. Have you read any of them? Are there any you're dying to read? Have any recommendations? Fire away in comments :)