Sci-Fi Month TBR 2019
Greetings, friends! Welcome to November and a rather unusual post around the Reader Voracious parts: a TBR. If you’ve followed the blog for at least a month, you’ll notice I don’t do a TBR (to be read). I’m a mood reader and am always doomed to not want to read what I decide on, so I just save myself the anxiety of failure.
But for Sci-fi month I have a number of science fiction books from my owned TBR stack that I’ve saved for this month. I intend on reading from this list for the month, not in its entirety because hello, reading slump.
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Young Adult, Science Fiction
A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.
Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.
Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.
When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.
I received an eARC of the book close to publication, but unforunately my reading slump had other plans.
Scythe (Arc of the Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
Young Adult, Science Fiction
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
My patrons voted for me to read this one… it needs to be done!
Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Adult, Science Fiction
Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.
This is one of my biggest shames. This was a buddy read last November with Rain…and I wound up setting it aside. I’d like to actually finish it at some point!
Satellite by Nick Lake
Young Adult, Science Fiction
He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home.
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.
But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.
I nabbed this book on Book Outlet last year. I am mostly ambivalent about it now, but would like to read it before unhauling.
Want (Want #1) by Cindy Pon
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages, and I won it last year during one of the 24in48 readathons.
Do You Dream of Terra-two by Temi Oh
Adult, Science Fiction
A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.
It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.
This was one of my first ever finished copies sent by a publisher for review… and I just, didn’t read it. I FEEL BAD. I want to right this sin!
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-apocalyptic
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing–and their lives–forever.
Another book that I nabbed this book on Book Outlet last year. I am mostly ambivalent about it now, but would like to read it before unhauling.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems
I am a ho for time travel, okay?
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Short Stories
Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”
This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.
I got this one last November as part of my Fantastic Firsts subscription with Mysterious Galaxy, but I never got around to reading it.
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.
2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she’s found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline–a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
Punk rock. Time travel. I’m in.
Advanced Reader Copy TBR
Most of my ARCs are fantasy, but I hope to tackle at least a couple of these science fiction reads this month!
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Adult, Science Fiction
Expected publication: November 5, 2019
Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.
Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.
I got an ARC of this from BookishFirst after falling in love with the excerpt. This might be one of my first reads this month!
Last Tango in Cyberspace by Steven Kotler
Adult, Science Fiction
Hard to say when the human species fractured exactly. Harder to say when this new talent arrived. But Lion Zorn is the first of his kind–an empathy tracker, an emotional soothsayer, with a felt sense for the future of the we. In simpler terms, he can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen.
It’s a useful skill for a certain kind of company.
Arctic Pharmaceuticals is that kind of company. But when a routine em-tracking job leads to the discovery of a gruesome murder, Lion finds himself neck-deep in a world of eco-assassins, soul hackers and consciousness terrorists. But what the man really needs is a nap.
A unique blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional cyberpunk, Last Tango in Cyberspace explores hot topics like psychology, neuroscience, technology, as well as ecological and animal rights issues. The world created in Last Tango is based very closely on our world about five years from now, and all technology in the book either exists in labs or is rumored to exist. With its electrifying sentences, subtle humor, and an intriguing main character, readers are sure to find something that resonates with them in this groundbreaking cyberpunk science fiction thriller.
I was granted an eARC of this one stupid close to the publication date on Netgelley… which meant that I skipped to something else with a longer lead time.
The Hive by Barry Lyga
Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers – like Cassie’s dad – were powerless against it.
But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal.
Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.
But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution.
One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life.
With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself – and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable – as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive.
New York Times bestselling authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden have teamed up for the first time to create a novel that’s gripping, terrifying and more relevant every day, based on a story proposal by Jennifer Beals and Tom Jacobson.
I haven’t really been in the mood for dystopia that is too close to our reality, which means this one has languished on my eARC list. But it sounds very interesting so I would like to read it if I can stomach it!
Oasis by Katya de Becerra
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Expected publication: January 7, 2020
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.
The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .
Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.
YES YES YESSSSS
Chances are you know the depths of my love for This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. (I’ve been screaming about it for a YEAR now!)
It's already been announced on Twitter, but here's ANOTHER #ThisMortalReadalong announcement (in blog post form!) Starting November 4th, we'll be reading THIS MORTAL COIL by @emilysuvada & there's a lot of fun things planned so check out the post for info! https://t.co/C8l2nehfXU pic.twitter.com/wtAzsVmqdS
— becca la BIRTHDAY MONTH ghoul 🎂 (@astoldbybex) November 2, 2019
My dear friend Becca is hosting a month-long readalong with the author, Emily Suvada, this month that starts on November 4th! It’s read at your own pace, but there will be prizes, behind the scenes, and more! Check out Becca’s post for more information, and I am excited to celebrate the anniversary of This Mortal Squad‘s formation this month!
Have you read any of these books? Are any on your TBR? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
It isn’t too late to join in on Sci-Fi Month, check out this post with information about the event and how to sign up!
Let’s go on another adventure together!