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.