Recent-ish YA Sci-Fi I Missed Out On 📚

One of my least favourite things about book blogging is that there’s a light pressure to keep up with new releases. I have two main reasons for this: 1) I’m extremely forgetful and the amount of unread books I have is proof of that. 2) It’s actually somewhat overwhelming to try to constantly keep up with every single new thing that comes out. Bloggers who are able to make weekly lists of bookish news and new releases are people I really admire because there is no way I would be able to keep track of that. I can barely keep track of myself.

For a while now, I have been extremely out of the loop with YA SF and almost every new title passes me by. And that’s a little disappointing to me because SF is one of my favourite genres ever, so I feel like I should be a little more on the ball, but I’m not. Maybe it’s because I took an unexpectedly long hiatus earlier this year, or maybe it’s because I’m bad at keeping up with things, but there are quite a lot of recent YA SF that I’ve missed out on.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I really like The Lunar Chronicles series, but for some reason, this book never got onto my radar until recently, and now I’m pretty sure the series has come to an end. From what I’ve read in the Goodreads summary, this looks like an interesting take on superheroes and supervillains and has a villain protagonist, which is something that I’ve really warmed up to recently (thanks to Joker). My mutuals on Goodreads who have read this book have all given positive reviews, so that gives me a bit of hype, and according to Chiara’s review, this is a diverse book. A diverse YA sci-fi!!! That does it I’m off to The Book Depository to get this entire series in hardcover and I highly doubt that I will have any regrets.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This series has proven to be very popular in the book blog world, but there is what I believe to be a valid reason as to why I have not touched it yet. I am very put off by big books. Some people absolutely adore big books and I admire those people because I am so intimidated by them. I’m a slow reader and I only read one book a week so a book of this length (just over 600 pages) is a huge commitment for me because it would take me longer than a week to read it. I do want to read this book because it sounds incredible, but if I do eventually decide to read it, I’d have to bite my tongue about the page length and tackle it at my own pace. It’s a lot more than my average-length-book-loving brain can sometimes handle.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book only came out a few months ago so the hype is still around, but I feel like it’s calmed down a little since May. To me, it looks like Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a winning combination for YA SF because this book appears to be just as loved and as popular as Illuminae. The Goodreads summary is telling me that this book has a “squad of losers, discipline cases and misfits” which is just my favourite thing ever. I’ve loved the “ragtag spaceship grew” trope ever since I watched Cowboy Bebop for the first time, so every time I see it pop up somewhere else, my heart does a back flip because that means we’re in for equal amounts of sass and angst. And who doesn’t want both sass and angst in the same story?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve had a physical copy of this book for a few years now, but I never got around to it because I bought it when sci-fi retellings of fairy tales were the big craze. Looking back, I’m not actually sure if this is a fairy tale retelling or not because it doesn’t sound like any story I know, but I might be wrong. (please let me know if i am! 😘)

I’m actually weighing up whether or not I want to start reading this series because while it is YA sci-fi, it does have more fantasy elements and apparently there is a dreaded love triangle. Plus, I have seen a lot of mixed reactions to this series as a whole so idk. But then again I haven’t read any reviews for anything in years because I’d rather figure out my opinion for myself so I may end up reading it anyway.

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

If you have been following me for a very long time, you will more than likely know that Scott Westerfeld is probably my favourite author ever, and Uglies was the series that introduced me to YA books and got me back into reading when I was 11. So the fact that I was completely unaware that this book, which takes place in the Uglies world, was released last year is just unacceptable to me. When I said that I’m not exactly on the ball when it comes to current releases and upcoming releases, this is what I meant. Some books I have no idea exist and then one day I go to the bookshop and then they’re just there. It’s like magic or something. But, this book is my current read so it’s all good 👍🏻

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The first thing that drew me into this book was the cover. But could you blame me? Look at that cover, it’s gorgeous. As much as I try to not be a sucker for beautiful book covers, this time I can’t really help myself because the paperback edition of this book has shiny things on it. Shiny. Things. You really can’t blame me. But anyway, this book is not a sci-fi story, it’s also a mystery, and I love me a good mystery. We kind of have a winning combination here because space + mystery = gimme the book now.

Do you ever miss out on any recent titles or are you pretty on the radar with new releases?


  1. 06/11/2019 / 12:01 AM

    I just finished The loneliest girl in the Universe last month. While the twist didn’t blow me away, it was decent and a good one time read. I have not read anything else from your list.

    • Louise
      12/11/2019 / 9:26 PM

      I think I’ll see if I can get it from the library before deciding whether or not to buy it. I’m trying to not give in to a shiny cover so easily 😂

  2. 06/11/2019 / 2:16 AM

    I’m one of those bloggers who is obsessed with keeping up with new books coming out and cover reveals. I find it really easy, I just keep adding books to my “want to read” list on Goodreads, and then I arrange them by publish date to see which ones have new covers. I guess it’s just something I love doing so it doesn’t seem like a chore. On your list, I really enjoyed Aurora Rising!

    • Louise
      12/11/2019 / 9:31 PM

      I think I get so drawn into backlist titles that everything else seems to pass me buy unless it’s something that I’ve been really anticipating for a while, haha 😂

  3. 08/11/2019 / 12:08 AM

    Oh I forgot all about The Loneliest Girl. I wanted to read that one!

    • Louise
      12/11/2019 / 9:34 PM

      Hopefully we’ll both get to read it! 😀

  4. 10/11/2019 / 1:25 AM

    The Illuminae Files series is amazing – I hope you pick it up some time! 🙂

    • Louise
      12/11/2019 / 9:48 PM

      I hope so too! 🙂

  5. 11/11/2019 / 7:19 PM

    I am really really good at being super excited and buying new books the day they come out, and then somehow not reading them forever :/ Haha its bad. I did exactly that with Aurora Rising. Maybe I’ll get to it this month? 😂😂

    • Louise
      12/11/2019 / 9:50 PM

      I definitely know how that feels 😂 I think that’s probably why I focus more on older titles these days because everything I buy will end up becoming backlist titles by the time I eventually read them 😂

  6. 14/11/2019 / 6:37 PM

    Oh, I loved so many of the books on your list! 🥰 I’m a big fan of Renegades, Red Queen, and the Illuminae books. The latter is rather long, but the format makes them easy to read 🙂 I also love the Loneliest Girl as it offers so much more than you might think from the synopsis and the mystery element is really well done 😄

    • Louise
      20/11/2019 / 12:33 AM

      That does ease my nerves about Illuminae a little bit. I may have to check it out now 🙂

  7. 23/11/2019 / 6:57 PM

    I just finished up Aurora Rising and I loved it! I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here. 🙂

    • Louise
      27/11/2019 / 10:47 AM

      I’ll have to get caught up before the next book comes out! 😀

  8. 26/11/2019 / 6:18 PM

    Ohhh you have some fantastic books on your list here! I only recently read Renegades and had such a great time with it, I always admire Marissa Meyer’s worldbuilding, she’s just so good at that. On Illuminae, I so get the feeling of being put off by big books, I am like that as well! Yet I found myself reading Illuminae pretty quickly, it reads faster than any other kind of books over 600 pages because of the formatting 🙂 definitely a unique read. and I loved Impostors and The Loneliest Girl so much, hope you will as well!! 😀

    • Louise
      27/11/2019 / 10:49 AM

      I read Impostors earlier this month and I loved it so much! I already want to read the second book, but I don’t like straying from my TBR too much so I’ll have to wait.

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