Sc-Fi is a genre I’ve only dipped into over the past few years but I really need to start reading more!
The Martian by Andy Wier
“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.”
I actually picked this book up for my dad and after seeing it left on the shelf for a while I thought I would give it a go. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read which sounds weird when the premise is a man is stuck on mars by himself trying to survive.
Mark Watney, the main character, has fantastic dialogue and Andy just makes him so relatable that you laugh and cry along with him. You really invest in Mark as a character and hope he will end up being saved. This book does contain an awful lot of science jargon, and though im no astronaut, by the end of the book i definitely found myself understanding most of the science behind what he was doing.
I would also highly recommend the film with Matt Damon, it has got to be one of the closest book to film adaptions I’ve seen and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
“Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.”
“What causes the other ten percent?” asked Kizzy.
“Natural disasters,” said Nib.”
This is a great sci-fi novel! The first in the Wayfarer series by Chambers. From my limited reading in this genre this book was a breath of fresh air. Fantastic character, fantastic dialogue and a thoughtful commentary on existence rather than the usual humans v aliens novels were used to.
I loved the depth with which she went into each species background and the descriptions made them seem so real. The crew of the wayfarer are like a family that I would love to join. A great read as well if you’re looking for diverse and gay characters.
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
“I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be better than the other guy.”
The premise behind this story was what dragged me in, ten recruits with troubled past given the chance to compete against each other and make millions by mining on a planet no one knows exists.
I managed to snag an arc of this through an Illumicrate box. For those who like action packed sci-fi/ dystopian books this is the one or you. Scott writes a great character in Emmett who you manage to bond with effortlessly. This book had a massive cliffhanger ending and I cannot wait to get my hand on the next in the series to find out what happens.
What are some of your favourite Sci-fi reads? And if you don’t have any I hope you pick up one of these and give them a go!