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Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Science Fiction Books

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September 9th- I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books– Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.


Do you remember when I said I wanted to read more scifi? Me neither Well, haven’t read enough to fill an entire post with amazing titles. I am thinking of declaring 2017 Scifi Year. Until I finally get the time to dive more deeply into the subject, here are my favorite science fiction books.

#1

1984

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Do I even need to introduce George Orwell’s chef-d’oeuvre? 1984 was an assigned read, and for once, I did not resent my teacher for choosing a book for me. I probably would never have picked it up myself. I listened to the audiobook a couple of week ago, and the tale narrated in this book retains all its power, even after the third read. The dystopian world created by Orwell forced you to open your eyes and think about the society we live in. I tried to find flaws in it, but I came back empty-handed. If there should be one book on your shelf, this is the one.

#2

the maze runner

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Saint Jilly lent me The Maze Runner in an attempt to open me up to different genres. I owe her the terrible afternoon I spent at work thinking about the book I had finished a few minutes before my shift (I messed up three coffee pots!!) I had heard lots of things about Dashner’s work. Mostly not-so-good things. But sometimes it is better to see for yourself. I absolutely adored this story. I would not change a thing about it. A giant maze, killing creatures, a community of young boys, and a big chilling threat, what’s not to love?

Of course, if your opinion is based on the movie, there is nothing I can do for you. I hated it. I think it is the first time I hate a movie with every fiber of my being. Don’t leave me alone in a room with the director.

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For winter, I’m planning the review of the book and add a comparison with the movie. Then I’ll review book 2 and 3 and compare both to the second movie. Expect a massive rant.

#3

lincoln

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

A new member of the scifi family! This book contains the perfect science fiction world building I enjoy, and puts it at the service of the human condition. The right amount of normal and scifi to create a cocktail I want to reread. You can find my review here

So as you can see, I’m a scifi baby. Hyped or not, what is THE science fiction book I NEED to read? Help me complete my education! 

38 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Science Fiction Books

    1. Thank you! 🙂 1984 is in my top 5 favorites of all time. It showed me scifi could definitely be my thing! But don’t worry, I only read it last year. I wish I had been told about it earlier!

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  1. You are doing better than me with this genre. I am yet to read any Sci-Fi. I have been seeing 1984 at the library,may borrow it someday just to give the genre a look. I watched Maze Runner and liked the movie though yet to read the book. I have heard a lot about The Martian, not sure if its really Sci-Fi, but I hear it its a good read so I would recommend that though I am yet to read it:-) Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. 1984 is the gold door for the genre, the world building is brilliant but you’re not being attacked by aliens or anything like that. It’s rather a dark look at what society can become if we don’t pay attention. If you don’t know the book, I’m not surprised you enjoyed the movie, but as I did it the other way around, I could not forgive the liberties that were taken with the story. I’m internally screaming in anger while remembering some things right now! haha! The Martian is scifi I think, I’ve heard of it but there was so much hype that I got intimidated by it. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  2. I always forget about 1984 and I still need to read it. I even got something based on that book in one of my OwlCrate boxes and still didn’t remember to read it. 😂 The Maze Runner books are awesome. It’s funny that my first week of blogging I wrote best movie adaptations all week and chose The Maze Runner. Looking back, I would’ve written the biggest rant on the planet. I still haven’t finished the second movie and I own it. I was so unbelievably disappointed. I need to go write up my sci-fi post. I was too tired last night. 😂 Great post, Teach! 🍎

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    1. Go read 1984 now!! Then go work on your manuscripts 😀
      Whaaaaaat, noooo, that movie adaptation is terrible, I want to throw it in the blender with 50 Shades and then have my worst enemy drink it!!! I’m afraid of breaking the TV if I watch the second movie…. Thank you best 😘

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      1. Ah, right… the manuscripts. I suppose I should get moving on those. My brain is too full of nonsense and life drama to focus. I think once I get down to Florida I’ll be able to write again. I hope. 😂 Have you watched the 50 Shades movie? When he eats the toast from her hand, I laugh so uncontrollably I sound like a hyena. 😂 You might break the TV on the second movie. It’s too risky. Lol

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        1. I told you I would not let you forget, but you’re getting a break time card until you get your ass to Florida! 🙂
          Yes, I watched it. It was painful 😂 I laughed so much I thought I was gonna break a rib. I know, but I need to go through the second book to rant about it 😀

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  3. BRING ON THE MAZE RUNNER MOVIE RANTS! 😀

    As for recs: have you tried any of Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian books? I can highly recommend Oryx and Crake. Plus, it’s classified as Science Fiction on Goodreads (yes, I checked :D) .

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    1. The first book is the best, the second is quite good, but the last book of the trilogy is a mess unfortunately. Still, I’d recommend to read The Maze Runner and if you like the characters, the rest of the series to know what happens to them, but with the knowledge you might not be blown away but how Dashner wrote the ending 🙂

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  4. Haven’t read any of those 😦 Last “sci-fi” I like was The last one and I have Station Eleven ready…but I don’t know if they’re scifi… it’s more post-apocaliptic XD

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    1. I only started recently so I can’t write great posts with the best scifi stories, but I’m slowly making progress. I find they’re very good to have a breather between thrillers. 1984 is brilliant, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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  5. I haven’t actually read 1984 but I know my friend has and she really loved it! My experience with sci-fi is more of the YA side to it rather than the iconic classics (books like The Maze Runner rather than 1984).
    I really enjoyed the first book in The Maze Runner series, I did like the rest of the series but the ending to the last book kind of made me really angry because of what happened to one of the characters! I did really really enjoy the prequel, The Kill Order. Have you read that one? I thought it was amazing, better than The Maze Runner series actually.
    Great picks for this week’s theme Donna! 😀

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    1. I completely agree with the rest of The Maze Runner series. Those last pages felt so weird, rushed and totally irrelevant to the story, as if Dashner had written them between two important meetings. Such a wasted end. I read excerpts of The Killing Order but I couldn’t get invested in the story or the characters so I gave up.
      Thank you! 😀

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      1. Yeah. It’s a shame isn’t it because the rest of the series is quite good, but a bad ending can just destroy the whole trilogy. Ahh that’s too bad, once I got into it I really enjoyed The Kill Order, it was a brilliant story and I think it added a bit to the original trilogy as well! 🙂

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  6. I love 1984, and love that you mentioned it! It was my first ‘big’ dystopian book, but it really changed the way I thought about society and institutions of power. If you like dystopia, I recommend:
    – A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    – We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
    As for science-fiction:
    – The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
    – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
    – 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke

    Enjoy! ❤

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    1. It was my first dystopian too, that’s also why it had such an impact on me! Thanks so much for the recommendations, I’ll check them all out! I have heard of Huxley and wanted to read it last semester but the university library had lost the copies –‘

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  7. Consider Issac Asimov’s the Foundation series for this list. Asimov is known for ‘i Robot’ but in my opinion the Foundation series is his best work. The detail that Asimov puts into this universe he has created is astonishing. The characters are plenty and the development is deep. This would be an excellent addition to the list you already have posted.

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