I must admit that I’m not much of a sci-fi fan so I haven’t read many (and haven’t enjoyed many) to recommend. So I’ve chosen just three series that I did enjoy and think you would enjoy, too.
Inside Out and Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Keep Your Head Down.
Don’t Get Noticed.
I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
I adored Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy books and so even though I’m not into sci-fi I knew I’d still love this duology because she would have a different take on the genre. Even though it’s been a few years since I read these, they would still be some of my favourite YA sci-fi books.
*these covers are the Australian first edition*
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Sephy is a Cross-a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought-a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum-a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
Looking for a book to discuss racism and equality? Look no further. Although many people find this book problematic in its representation of diverse characters, I think it is an amazing book to start a conversation. I read this book as a fifteen-year-old student for my English class and I know that this book affected every single person in that class and made us look at the world differently. This is probably the most influential book I’ve read and it is always the book I suggest when anyone asks for a recommendation.
This is a four book series but I only really enjoyed the first book and I think that it is concluded well enough that you don’t have to continue the series.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass)
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
I devoured these books in the (Australian) summer of 2007/2008 and this trilogy is probably the most responsible for my love of books and my obsessive reading habits today. But, I must admit, I did buy the first book because of the cover and what twelve-year-old girl wouldn’t want a book with a polar bear on it?! (I have since bought/read many books because of polar bears on the cover) I completely fell in love with ALL of the worlds in this series and the endearing characters with their daemon companions—and I’ve always wondered what my daemon would look like. These books may be aimed at children but I think they could be enjoyed by readers of any age.
Sci-fi I’m Most Looking Forward To Reading: Disruption and Corruption by Jessica Shrivington
What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan.
But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?
This #LoveOzYA duology recently got a cover change (thank goodness) and they have just been released in the US!