On Monday, I’m posting a review to conclude my first science-fiction series. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve shifted my reading habits and have indulged in numerous science-fiction novels.
I’ll be honest: most have been because of a blog tour or because the publisher/author contacted me directly. I’m not certain I would have chosen them on my own. But I’ve enjoyed them all and the more I read, the more I’m figuring out what type of science-fiction I like.
In kind of a mini-celebration to completing my first series – all the others up until now have been stand-alone novels, I thought I would share (again) my top four that I have reviewed lately.
To be fair, picking four means picking the vast majority of them. I’m going to avoid the series that I’m currently reviewing, even though it has been my favourite. Otherwise the top three would be the first three in the series, with the fourth being posted on Monday.
So, without any further ado, here are my top four:
Vick’s Vultures by Scott Warren: this isn’t the strongest science-fiction book out there. But something about it made me prepared to give the genre a chance. If I hadn’t read this one, I’m not sure I would have got into science-fiction. Kudos where kudos is due.
Vick’s Vultures makes the cut.
The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack: Hmm. I have read a series. Do two books count as a series? Or just a sequel? I picked this one because I really engaged with the characters and the system the world was built on. I guess it was the first that made me pick up the following book because I wanted to know how they would get out of it and what the consequences for the world would be.
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee: I’m hoping to continue reading this series shortly. This was the first science-fiction that really challenged me: I had to properly concentrate to follow what was going on. It was this one that made me realise I was enjoying the genre; I would have given up otherwise. Now I just have my fingers crossed that the rest of the series is as good.
Flotsam by R.J Theodore: While this was a book set in outer-space with all the shenanigans that goes with that, for me, this book was about something else. It was about loyalty and bravery, even when everything you have ever believed in is proved to be a lie. There was something moving about this novel that I really enjoyed.
I originally tried to do this post as my top five. I apparently haven’t read enough. Not including sequels limited myself and if I have reviewed others, I can’t actually remember them. That shows what impact they had on me!
I’d love to be brave enough to try and write science-fiction, but I haven’t reached that point yet! I’ll stick to fantasy for the time being…
Are you a science-fiction fan? What are your favourites?