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.

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Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Debut author

The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sharon Cameron.

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.

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Scythe (Arc of the Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
Young Adult, Science Fiction

Thou shalt kill.

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!

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Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Adult, Science Fiction

Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab coverThe sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.

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!

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Satellite by Nick Lake
Young Adult, Science Fiction

A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth.

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.

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Want (Want #1) by Cindy Pon
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

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.

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Do You Dream of Terra-two by Temi Oh
Adult, Science Fiction
Debut author

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice.

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!

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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-apocalyptic

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

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.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

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?

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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Short Stories

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

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.

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The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel

From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love.

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

The Deep coverYetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

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!

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Last Tango in Cyberspace by Steven Kotler
Adult, Science Fiction

Cover for Last Tango in Cyberspace by Steven KotlerNew York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler crafts a near-future thriller about the evolution of empathy.

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.

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The Hive by Barry Lyga
Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive.

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!

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Oasis by Katya de Becerra
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Expected publication: January 7, 2020

The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?

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


Readathon

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!)

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!

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36 Comments

  1. elizabeth tabler

    November 1, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    OK, How do I do this!? I am so in.

    1. Kal

      November 1, 2019 at 6:24 PM

      YES join us, it isn’t too late! Check out this post with the info!

    2. imyril

      November 2, 2019 at 2:19 AM

      Yaaaaaaaass come crew (in fact, I see you already did – welcome aboard!)

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    November 1, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Fantastic list, Kal! I’m reading The Deep right now and it’s really different and powerful! And Do You Dream of Terra Two is one of my favorite books of the year😁

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:46 PM

      Thank you, Tammy! I finished The Deep last week and absolutely loved it, and I’m currently enthralled by Do You Dream of Terra-Two! I am kicking myself for taking 9 months to pick up the copy sent to me

  3. Annemieke

    November 2, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Oh you have some great books on your tbr for this month 😀 Invictus was just okay for me so I hope you will like it better.

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:47 PM

      Thank you, and I hope so too! I peeked at the ratings when adding the book to my owned-tbr shelf and was a little sad.

  4. Kate

    November 2, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    This list has me salivating, mostly because I need to read more sci-fi books!

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:48 PM

      No better time than the present to devour more science fiction, Kate!!!

  5. Evelyn

    November 2, 2019 at 1:18 AM

    I hope you enjoy all that you pick up!
    (www.evelynreads.com)

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:48 PM

      Thank you, Evelyn!

  6. imyril

    November 2, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    What a great list! The new Annalee Newitz is high on my TBR, and Vengeful was a lot of fun – but you’ve got all me all curious about Tarnished The Stars…

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:50 PM

      Thank you, I am excited to read as much of these as I can! I really am looking forward to reading the Future of Another Timeline if I can knock out another arc or two first. I finished Tarnished Are the Stars the other day and loved it!!! Review will be up next week.

  7. Avery

    November 2, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Hello fellow space traveler! I’ve come out of my little blogging hole for SciFiMonth and super excited to (hopefully) get back in the game a bit, and I’m super happy to see you joining in as well. I ended up choosing a selection that I can then pick up a few from because realistically idk how may I’ll actually get round to reading. You have some fantastic books on here though! I’m also planning to read Terra-Two which I’m looking forward to, and I’m very jealous of your copies of The Deep and Last Tango… both of which I’m really excited by.

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:51 PM

      Nice to see you, Avery! My approach to the TBR is similar to yours in that I don’t expect to read most of these, but it is nice to have a list to choose from! I really enjoyed The Deep and am currently reading Terra-Two… I wish I had replied to comments sooner so we could have tried to buddy read it.

  8. Bex

    November 2, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    If you’re interested in a buddy read of WANT by Cindy Pon, I’m your ghoul 😉

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:52 PM

      HELL YES! Let’s do it, I will DM you!

  9. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

    November 2, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Want is one of my favorite sci-fi novels – it makes amazing use of the found family trope, and the f/f relationship between two of the side characters is so wholesome! I really want to read Tarnished Are the Stars. 🙂

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:53 PM

      Ahh, I am so excited for Want now – I don’t think I knew about the f/f relationship! I finished Tarnished are the Stars a few days ago and really enjoyed it!

  10. Caitlin G.

    November 2, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Yessss, read Scythe! I really love those books, so excited for Book 3 to come out in a few days!

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:54 PM

      I will, I promise! Although I kind of feel like I should pick up book 2 first…

  11. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    November 2, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    What a great list! I’ve been wanting to read WANT and SCYTHE since… well, forever haha, both books have gotten so much praise from everyone, I’m so curious to read them both. I can’t wait to hear what you think of them 🙂
    happy reading 🙂

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:57 PM

      Yes, I am so excited for both of those as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, love!

  12. Debbie @ Brewing Colour

    November 3, 2019 at 2:46 AM

    I didn’t have a clue it was Sci-Fi month (does that make me a bad book blogger?) so definitely appreciate your post otherwise it would have completely glossed over me. I’m so glad to see that Scythe made your list as it’s the one I voted for – it’s such a good book and I really hope you like it!

    1. Kal

      November 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

      You aren’t a bad book blogger at all! I am so glad my post put the event on your radar, though! Looking forward to reading Scythe this month.

  13. Sam || Fictionally Sam

    November 3, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    I am here for this TBR.
    I am LIVING for this TBR.
    I am BREATHING this TBR.
    I am also not going on Goodreads with this TBR because most (if not all?) are already on my TBR. 😂
    Great list, Kal! Fingers crossed that your reading slump dies by a death of a thousand cuts and you read all the greatness! <3

  14. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    November 3, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Oh Invictus sounds cool. I like time travel. 🙂

  15. Laurie

    November 3, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Wow, that’s an ambitious list! Tarnished are the stars makes me curious, so does Scythe. I just couldn’t get through Vicious which was such a bummer 🙁 Good luck this month!

  16. Mere

    November 4, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    What an intense list! I liked Scythe!
    I make a TBR and I never follow it. At all.

  17. Greg

    November 4, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Ooh lots of great looking SF! Tarnished Are the Stars sounds great, and I’ve seen good reviews for Want. Stronger, Faster & More Beautiful is one I wanted to read but never got to.
    Last tango in Cyberspace sounds kinda intriguing too.

  18. Krisha

    November 4, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    This list is so amazing! I am excited to read Tarnished are the stars too. And these all sound so good, definitely adding some to my TBR 😄💛

  19. Avada Kedavra

    November 5, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    So many interesting books on your TBR! I have Scythe and Vengeful sitting on my shelf too. Need to pick them up soon.

  20. Haley

    November 6, 2019 at 3:14 AM

    I really want to read do you dream of terra two as well! And I have Want staring at me on my shelf, demanding to be read, I’m really interested in ‘The Deep’ as I love the cover but I’m waiting till someone reads it so I can see if it’s going on my tbr, and welp, looks like I’ll be joining in on that readalong!

  21. Brittany

    November 6, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Good luck on your SciFi TBR!! I will be doing SciFi related blog posts but don’t know if I will have time to actually read any SciFi books haha

  22. Olivia Roach

    November 6, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    I have read Scythe and it was a middle of the road book for me, but the concept is so cool and most people love it! So I will be curious to see what you make of it. And I am so curious about Invictus as well. I have heard such good things and it is one on my wishlist ^.^

  23. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    November 7, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Looks like a great pile for SF month! I’ve heard amazing things about The Future is Another Timeline. Looking forward to your thoughts on these!

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