Hello everyone! This post here was inspired by L from @lifeofblind , who said he didn’t have many books on his list. I offered to give him some recommendations and he said he liked dystopian books, so I decided to do a post so that everyone could maybe add some more books to their list!! Some of these will by dystopias, some of them not, some of them dystopias with fantastical elements like superpowers, but they will all be sci-fi!! So, let’s begin.
Let’s start with the obvious one to get it out of the way- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The films for this one are possibly better than the books (at least for Mockingjay) but books 1 and 2 are great, book 3 is good and the movies are amazing- especially the last one. I won’t talk about the plot of this one as it is so popular.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a dystopian science fiction with some fantastical elements.
“I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”
I absolutely love this trilogy, the last book in particular.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is another sci-fi dystopia with some fantastical elements.
“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”
I absolutely love this series. It is incredible and I recommend it to anybody.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer is a science fiction dystopia.
“Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.”
For those who don’t want to read this because of Twilight- it is much, much better than Twilight. This is a standalone.
Rook by Sharon Cameron is one of the most interesting sci-fi dystopian books I’ve ever read and because of how the world is built, it does read a little like fantasy, but it is definitely sci-fi.
“History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a saviour of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalising game of cat and mouse.”
This is one of my absolute all time favourite sci-fi books. This is, unfortunately, a standalone.
This is a non-dystopia science fiction. I read it a long time ago, but it is really interesting. The second book in this duology is more classically sci-fi with wormholes etc. but this one is just as fascinating.
“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori — the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?”
That is it for this post then. I hope you found some new books to put on your list!!! Happy reading, Keira x.