#RRSciFiMonth: Mogsy’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Reads of 2015
As Sci-Fi November comes to a close, I hope everyone has enjoyed the science fiction related goodies we’ve featured at The BiblioSanctum this month. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow for running such a successful event this year, and we hope to keep participating in this annual tradition.
Anyway, since this is my last post, I thought, what better way to wrap things up than with a Top 10 list of the best Science Fiction novels I’ve read in 2015? It was certainly a tough choice narrowing it down, since I read a lot of books this year, but these are the sci-fi books that really stood out for me and I hope you’ll check them out.
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The Expanse is my favorite space opera series right now, and amazingly, not only are things still going strong, the books just keep getting better and better. Nemesis Games is an important turning point, and for the first time ever we get perspective chapters for every member of the Rocinante crew. It ends with a promise of much more to come and the series is showing no sign of slowing down. With the TV adaptation coming to Syfy, now there’s yet another reason to get excited these books! (Read my full review…)
Does the idea of a unique, sc-fi thriller excite you? Read this book. Love wild, mind-trip movies like Inception? Read this book. If you’re looking for a smart, entertaining, and psychologically hard-hitting novel, READ THIS BOOK. Imagine, if you will, a group of near-immortal people who can jump from body to body, taking their hosts over and seeing through their eyes, feeling what they feel. They can choose to be anyone they want, live any life they want…and all it takes is a single touch. “Have you been losing time?” After this book, I’ll never look at this phrase the same way again. (Read my full review…)
I know what you’re thinking: “Whoa, a media tie-in novel made it onto your top 10 list?” Yep, that’s because I really enjoyed Lost Stars. Ever since I read this I’ve been jumping up and down telling anyone I know who’s interested in Star Wars novels to consider giving this book a shot. Please don’t let the fact that it’s YA put you off! I think of all the SW books that have come out in the new canon so far, this one isn’t getting nearly the attention it deserves! And it’s killing me! So you can be sure, I’ll be pimping this book til the banthas come home. (Read my full review…)
This book is like James Bond meets Memento meets an episode of Star Trek. Let’s just say the tagline of Zero World– “This will be the most interesting mission you’ll ever forget” – serves its story well, a promise of adventure and thrilling action packed into those ten simple words. This is without a doubt Jason M. Hough’s most exciting and ambitious work yet. His penchant for rich world building and writing innovative tech has always impressed me, but what I love about his sci-fi is the fact that it’s also so accessible. Zero World blends spy thriller elements with futuristic goodness, capturing my attention from the get go. (Read my full review…)
In the Earth Girl trilogy, Janet Edwards has created a stunning futuristic world with realistic and lovable characters. I absolutely adore it. I’m sad that it has come to an end with Earth Flight, but this book was a beautiful and heartwarming conclusion that ended the series perfectly. I enjoy science fiction with powerful social messages, and if the premise sounds interesting to you, be sure to check it out. All three books are fantastic, and hope they will enthrall and move you as much as it did me. (Read my full review…)
If you can imagine the Starks and Lannisters as two rival families with competing mining operations on the moon, I daresay the situation might look a lot like the plot of Luna: New Moon. I can’t remember the last time I read a sci-fi novel featuring a richer and more compelling premise. The sheer scope of it is astounding, with a multi-perspective narrative following more than half a dozen characters from three generations of the powerful Corta dynasty. If you’re a sci-fi fan looking for a character-driven story with complexity, scope and depth, then do yourself a favor and check this one out! (Read my full review…)
This was a book first published before this year, but I finally got to read it in 2015. I love books like Dark Eden, which I have the feeling isn’t the kind of book you can take at face value. So many questions. So much material for discussion. In some ways, the story is almost like a hypothetical social experiment, exploring the possible outcomes if a society were to emerge on its own, completely cut off and free of influences from the rest of humankind. (Read my full review…)
I went into Illuminae with no small amount of skepticism, as I do with most books that get this much hype before release. In spite of myself though, I found myself hooked. Basically I chewed through it like its pages were made of sweet, sweet candy. It is as much a book as it is a work of art, presented in an epistolary format but with a heavy visual component, filled with illustrations and charts, etc. You don’t so much as read it as experience it. There’s always something different on the next page so the story never lets you fall into a rut, and both the writing and pretty visuals contributed to my enjoyment in equal parts. (Read my full review…)
I’m a big fan of Peter Clines and his genre-mashing stories and writing style, so needless to say I was beyond excited about The Fold. It was surprisingly easy to enjoy without the reader feeling inundated with heavy science and tech terms – an impressive feat, considering how so much of the premise deals with topics like quantum physics or cosmological theory. It’s got everything – mystery and suspense, humor and horror, science fiction and the paranormal – all perfectly blended together with a bizarre twisty ending that will keep you saying, “Just one more page…” I couldn’t put this book down. (Read my full review…)
Hands down, The Rebirths of Tao is my favorite book of this trilogy. What a way to end things! The book has everything that made the first two books such a joy to read, but on steroids. The stakes are higher, and the action is more intense. The humor is laugh-out-loud funny, the character relationships much more emotional. It’s got love and betrayal, smiles and tears, politics and espionage, sword fights, kung-fu, unlikely heroes, dastardly villains, aliens, starry-eyed teenagers, Brits who love bacon, and much, much more. This third book was everything I’d hoped for; I highly recommend the trilogy if you like sci-fi thrillers and comedy. (Read my full review…)