Hello, my fellow book lovers! I’ve been insecure about my blog because I feel like I have only been posting reviews lately. In the past, I’ve made lists about books on my TBR pile and people seemed to enjoy them, so I thought I’d bring it back.
In these posts, I will discuss diverse books with similar themes, from the same genre, etc I want to read. I own all of the titles I am about to mention, either in physical form or on my Kindle. I won’t discuss every single book on my TBR; you can have a look at my entire ‘want to read’ shelf here.
Please note that I haven’t read any of these books yet, so I can’t 100% recommend them, but I’d definitely suggest checking them out if you haven’t yet!
Today I am going to talk about some science-fiction novels on my TBR. I never reach for this genre – the science aspects are often too complicated for me – but I am interested in reading these books nonetheless.
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?
I have yet to see a single negative review of Want by Cindy Pon! Apparently it has a crew of complex diverse characters, a heist and a subtle romance, so this sounds right up my alley! Fans of Six of Crows: check this one out!
Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.
Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.
The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
Empress of a Thousand Skies has received many mixed reviews, but I am willing to give this series a chance thanks to its beautiful covers! I also love that this is a duology rather than a longer series, because I really struggle with those at the moment.
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
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.
Everyone who has read A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet loved it, so I’m angry I still haven’t read this yet! I’ve owned a copy for years, but I am so intimidated by 1) the hype and 2) sci-fi.
Three terrible things happen in a single day.
Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.
She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
The Fifth Season has received nothing but praise, so I am very keen to pick it up! Whenever people explain what this book is about, it sounds confusing, but the world-building is apparently very good! That’s definitely a necessity for me, otherwise, I’d probably have a hard time enjoying a sci-fi novel.
January 29, 2035.
That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.
Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?
When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?
The protagonist in On the Edge of Gone is autistic, which is #OwnVoices representation. There is also tons of other diversity in the book such as biracial rep, transgender rep, etc., so I think I’ll really enjoy it! Most reviewers mention this novel is rather slow, but I tend to prefer character-driven books anyway.
So these are five sci-fi books on my TBR! Like I mentioned, there are naturally more science-fiction novels I want to read, but I doubt you’re interested in reading about every single one. Anyway, have you read any of these books yet? Which one should I read first?
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