Today, I present to you the 10 best science fiction books of 2017. Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future. Science fiction writers often seek out new scientific and technical developments in order to prognosticate freely the techno-social changes that will shock the readers’ sense of cultural propriety and expand their consciousness. So if you are looking for your next best reading adventure, then be sure to check out the books on this list!
First on our list of best science fiction books is Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. A surprising and fun peek behind the curtain of the Empire. I honestly didn’t know much about the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn from Star Wars before reading this. This book gives you that very story of Thrawn’s meteoric rise through the ranks of the Imperial Navy and how powerful he was as a military tactician. I would recommend this sci fi book not only to Star Wars fans but to anyone out there who loves science fiction. Hands down, Zahn is a master writer. Don’t hesitate to pick this book up!
2. Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty
This book is absolutely fantastic! Six Wakes looks at the moral and ethical issues of cloning in a way that will make you think. It’s the work of a writer who is confident and experienced. The premise is interesting, but it’s really the excellent and smart execution that keeps you turning the pages. It also has well-developed and complex characters which I really loved. Overall, it’s a great story, compulsively readable and entirely thrilling.
3. Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel
The author, Sylvain Neuvel, dives right in on this one, he doesn’t leave us hanging from the last book’s cliffhanger. The story is quicker, though not shorter, and there’s more action, which also results in some seriously tough decisions and brutal moments. The writing is still superb and this book got me absolutely hooked. This is another great piece of science fiction, and I can’t wait to read the next one!
4. The Boy on the Bridge – M.R. Carey
The Boy on the Bridge is M.R. Carey’s long-awaited sequel to The Girl With All the Gifts. Like its predecessor, it is superbly written and brilliantly told. It’s also filled with action and plot twists that will keep you on the edge. I really enjoyed the captivating and exciting story of this book. Even if you’re not familiar with The Girl with All the Gifts, I’d encourage anyone who likes apocalyptic fiction to pick this one up!
5. City of Miracles – Robert Jackson Bennett
Halfway through our best science fiction books list is City of Miracles by Robert Bennet. City of Miracles is the third book in the Divine Cities series. This is a much deeper book compared to the two books in this series. It explored the themes of power, love, family, purpose, and godhood which gave a more intense emotional impact. The plot always moves steadily along, interspersing moments of character interaction with mysteries revealed and set pieces full of action and violence. Bennett’s world building is truly spectacular. This is an incredible finale to a fantastic sci fi book trilogy.
6. Walkaway – Cory Doctorow
A very interesting look at a post-scarcity future. This is a time when technology offers the possibility of a post-property world. Doctorow imagines it with density and richness and heart. Accordingly the story also provides a strong narrative full of interesting concepts. The idea that a Utopia would have to be born out of violence from those who hold the money and the power is one of the most compelling aspects of this book. Great read and highly recommended!
7. Alien Education – Gini Koch
It’s a little hard to believe how Gina Koch keeps up the high quality of this series. After all this time, I feel that this series is still going strong. I am eager to travel all the twists and turns to figure out the new evil genius, let alone the reason why they’re doing all this. Book 15 delivers just as perfectly as the first 14! Because of this I seriously cannot wait for the gang’s next adventure.
8. New York 2140 – Kim Stanley Robinson
A very compelling story about a future NYC after a global warming catastrophe. Interestingly enough, you could say that the city itself was a character in this book, always there, lurking about, changing constantly and yet always the same. Another thing is the author also makes no bones about his view of how the world will change if the climate continues to warm and the ice on the polar caps melts. This is a serious novel of ideas about a reality if our world we continue to ignore. Definitely a sci fi book worth reading!
9. Borne – Jeff Vandermeer
Vandermeer spins a superb tale that keeps you guessing until the end. The twists of the imagination will hold you captive until the final resolution brings all the threads together. Honestly, I was completely sucked in and felt that I needed to finish this book the soonest that I can. Most of all the writing is superb and well paced. This book is strangely beautiful and masterfully done!
10. Deadmen Walking – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Last but not least on our best science fiction books list is Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Deadmen Walking is a pirate fantasy in the flesh. This book was delightful and contained the depth and romance that seemed to be missing in previous novels. I’m also thrilled that Sherrilyn has taken two of them mysterious characters Thorn and Jaden into a series where we just might learn more about them. I loved this book from beginning to end and it was very well worth of my time. I can’t wait for the next book!
So there you have it, the 10 best science fiction books of 2017. I’m sure there are a few more out there that could make it on here, but these books are sure to keep you reading all night long.
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