I’ve been on a science fiction kick the last two years or so. Recently some great YA books have come out in the genre that explore some of my favorite topics like space colonization. Buckle in for some great book recommendations that are well worth giving a shot. And for those who want to query me, this list will give you some insight into my science fiction tastes. I would love to add a book in the vein of any of the below to my client list.
Pioneer by Bridget Tyler explores not only what happens when you lose your dream of being a pilot, but the dangers of colonizing a new planet. When Jo’s crew lands on their new home, Tau Ceti e, they discover they haven’t been told the full truth about the planet, a truth that could prove deadly.
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh. This book is for those who like a literary touch to their books in regards to being a character-driven book. This book delves into how hard being a young astronaut is and how tragedies can happen at any time. Some of the Terra-Two crew struggle with the realities of space travel, while others refuse to give up the dream of being the first to land on the new planet no matter what.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duvyis is science fiction meets dystopian fiction and the oldest on this list with a 2016 publication date. When a comet heads for Earth, many leave on spaceships to find a new home elsewhere. But not everyone can escape and not everyone is ready to give up on Earth. This book’s lead also has autism, which makes this a great choice for autistic teens searching for book leads they can relate to.
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda is a horror set on a spaceship. When terrorists cause two ships to collide, the crews are forced to work together to survive the monsters on board, monsters more terrifying and deadly than the secret terrorists among them. A great choice for those wanting a diverse space horror.
Contagion by Erin Bowman is one I’ve talked about before. It’s still one of my recent favorites and I can’t pass up a chance to recommend it. This is science fiction meets zombies on a distant mining planet, but these are no ordinary zombies. If you want a tense read with mystery sprinkled in then this is the book for you. I’m a huge fan of the Riddick movies and this would have great appeal for fellow Riddick fans.
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir. With the prospect of colonizing Europa looming before them, teenagers compete to be the final six to make the crew. However not everything is as it seems. The leaders of the program are hiding secrets. This book is the first in a series.
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson. When a virus wipes out all the adults on a space station, the teenagers are left to pick up the pieces and survive. But survival is hard when supplies are dwindling and a serial killer may be hiding amongst the crew.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. When Romy’s parents die, she finds herself alone on the spaceship Infinity and the loneliest girl in the universe. Romy is ecstatic when she hears from the captain of the Eternity, a ship set to rendezvous with Romy. But the captain isn’t who she thinks he is and there are much worse things than being alone.