I have been loving doing these two part series in which I recommend some books or films based on a topic! My last series was all about Must-Watch YA Films! This month I wanted to talk about and recommend some must-read sci-fi and dystopian YA books! I love reading sci-fi and dystopian novels and wanted to recommend some of my favourites at the minute! This will definitely be a two-part series as I have a lot of them to recommend! Here is part one of must-read sci-fi/dystopian YA books!The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
“Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .”
Who would I be if I didn’t include Lauren James books on this list! This is an excellent mix of dystopian and sci-fi in a book. It is one that I flew right the way through and had to find out what happened next. This is an excellent YA novel that is unputdownable!
The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
“The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.”
What a series! Don’t be daunted by the fact it is a trilogy of three rather large books because I was at first and I’m so glad I got past that. I love this series and how unique it’s formatting it. I will be rereading this series very soon and cannot recommend it enough!
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
“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.”
I read this one not long ago and loved it! With a huge mixture of characters and a story that you will love, this is a sci-fi that I wish I had read so much sooner! I will be reading the rest of this series sooner rather than later and cannot recommend it enough!
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
“Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.
As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?”
Part contemporary, part sci-fi this is a book that I couldn’t put down once I had began reading. Adam Silvera has a way with making what seems to be a normal contemporary novel packed with sci-fi elements throughout! I loved this one a lot, although it is heart-breaking, it is definitely one I recommend.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
“It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.”
This is a dystopian novel that I want to see even more of in the future! It was excellent and I wrote a full review of it which I posted a couple of days ago. Full of gore, dystopian elements and terror this is an extraordinary book I loved reading.What YA sci-fi/dystopians would you recommend? Which YA sci-fi/dystopian books do you think everyone should read? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to look out for part two of this series coming soon!