I did one over fantasy, so I thought it would be good to do a sci-fi one as well. I usually read soft sci-fi, which explores the soft sciences and relates to fantasy instead of hard sci-fi, which has a lot of math.
Since I don’t read many popular sci-fi books, most of these may be new to you.
Now, the books won’t be in order. That’s because I can’t actually pick a number one favorite. It depends on the day. If it’s in a series, I’ll list the whole series, so you know it’s not a standalone.
Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
This is one of my first sci-fi series that I read and loved. I read it because I had to though. My middle school had a system where I had to read certain books and test over them to get on a field trip. The more books I read and passed, the more the school would pay that trip for me.
I ended up finishing the series and reading more from Neal as well. I’m not sure which is my favorite, but I remember Unwind and UnDivided the most. Out of everyone, Lev became one of my most favorite characters of all time by how much development he had.
Warcross by Marie Lu
This duology was like video games in a book. I loved the main character. Also, this series has a great twist in book two that I actually didn’t see coming, which is rare. It was quite an enjoyable read. I like Wildcard, the second one, the most.
Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This was another book I read for the middle school field trip and then ended up reading more of the series. It mostly doesn’t follow the same characters. Book one and two are about separate families dealing with the fact the moon got knocked closer to the Earth, and Mother Nature hated that. Book three follows the characters from book one though. I enjoyed The Dead and the Gone the most.
The Carls by Hank Green
I’ve been following Hank since high school but not for his writing. His Crash Course videos helped me a lot, and I became a Vlogbrothers fan. So, I had to read his book when it came out.
It’s actually a great story. The second one isn’t as strong as the first one, but I loved how modern it was with social media being a big theme.
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Pretty sure most people have heard of The Hunger Games before. I loved the books and the movies. The last Hunger Games movie is the last movie I ever watched with my grandma.
I like the first one the best though. I’m still upset over Rue at times.
The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is a relatively new series. The final book is coming out this year. I haven’t been able to pick up the second book yet, but this series started out super strong. I found all the characters interesting, and the worldbuilding is great. It starts with Aurora Rising.
The Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson
I actually saw Kayla speak at my college, so I got interested in reading her book. It has a cool plot where all the adults die on a spaceship, and the kids have to fend for themselves with a possible murderer on board. The story was well thought-out.
The Compound Series by S.A. Bodeen
This one wasn’t my favorite book when it came out, but it’s one that hasn’t left my mind. I randomly think back to this one all the time. I loved the twist at the end.
I read this one as a part of the field trip too. (I did that trip twice.) I actually didn’t know there was a book two until I’m writing this. So, the first one is my favorite.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I loved the concept of Divergent when it came out. It was one of those series that I read more for the worldbuilding and less for the characters. The ending crushed me. Not because it was bad, but because it came full circle in a way I didn’t want. I’m pretty sure the second one is my favorite.