During January, I realise that I was in the mood for some sci-fi, and in honour of that whim I present to you…
This month I want to focus on reading sci-fi, and here are the books that I decided on:
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, a big hitter in the world of fantasy, brings us a YA sci-fi, that, at least to me, has some Rogue One vibes going on. Yes, I am excited. Apparently I forgot to haul this, probably because it came in November’s FairyLoot box, and it just slipped my mind. Trapped on a dying planet the human race struggle to survive, we follow Spensa, a human girl who dreams of becoming a pilot. Initially this is not open to her, because her father is famous for being a deserter, however, despite her family’s history, she finally gets the opportunity of a lifetime and starts pilot training academy.
Bloodline by Claudia Gray
Speaking of Star Wars, this is my first Star Wars book of the month , because yes, there’s another one coming. Set as part of the official cannon, Bloodline follows Leia, queen of all our hearts, in the aftermath of the original trilogy, and the continuing battle for peace. Because happily ever after, never truly happens. Now a part of the senate, Leia is still fighting for peace, despite growing misgivings about her familial connection to Darth Vader. As discontent grows, Leia is also plagued by the potential of a new supreme ruler, and distrust surrounding an authority figure with so much power.
Rogue One by Alexander Freed
I promised you a second Star Wars book, and here it it, which I will be listening to via audible. The audiobooks for the Star Wars books, from my experience, are great because they lay somewhere in between a full dramatisation and a regular audiobook, complete with sound effects. I just this they’re a lot of fun. Controversially, Rogue One is actually my favourite Star Wars story, hence why it’s on my TBR for the second time. As I will tell anyone who will listen, it’s the Elizabethan tragedy of the Star Wars cannon, and I am so ready to fall back in with these rag-tag group of unlikely heroes.
Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Back to Sanderson for a moment, as the fourth book on my TBR is the first book in a more urban take on sci-fi, if there can be such a thing. That’s right, I’m talking about superheroes. Now, you know I am a big lover of Marvel, and DC, though this seems to align slightly more with V.E. Schwab’s excellent Villains series. I know, that’s a big comparison to make. Superheroes rule the city, and no one is able to start up to them, except for the Reckoners, normal human dedicated to exposing their weaknesses. Sounds like a lot of grey morality, right?
Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
And finally, a book that is neither Sanderson nor Star Wars, as we return to spake with the third book in the amazing Red Rising trilogy. I do have a slight problem, in that I read the previous book at least two years ago. I am hoping, and praying that I’ll be able to fall straight into this one, though there is the slight possibility that I’ll read a couple of chapters and have to return to Golden SOn. On that not, if you have a recap, or know of one, I would be very grateful. Regardless his trilogy is bloody, brutal, and gorydam fantastic, so it will be amazing to finish this first trilogy.
I’ll also start one of my most anticipated books, The Priory of the Orange Tree, which is not sci-fi, but is very long so I can’t see myself finishing it this month.
What are your favourite sci-fi books? Have you read any of these ones, and if so what did you think? What are you reading this month?
Thanks for reading!