It’s fall season, and it’s time for something spooky, something sci-fi-ish, and something horrifying and gory. We are usually looking for a warm blanket and a cute romance book to read during this month, but not all of us are romance readers. But if you are one of those readers who love weird and strange books, then we are also here for you.
Honestly, we enjoy any type of book, and after reading the blurbs of these 15 books, who knows, we might also binge-read these sci-fi books. All of these intrigued us, but if we had to say, we would admit that there’s one book that seemed quite interesting.
It’s this book called The Other Side of The Night. We read the Goodreads reviews of this book, and oh my god, was it interesting! The reviews hinted at such a good plot twist that we can’t stop thinking about it. Obviously, we are eager to learn the big twist, and if you need any help, we’d suggest you begin with that book. It sounds mysterious, and we love solving mysteries even when we are wrong half of the time and can never see the twist coming.
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Anyway, here are the top fifteen sci-fi books that readers think are “must-read.”
Nona The Ninth- Tamsyn Muir
Her city is under siege, and zombies are returning, but all Nona wants is a birthday party like normal people do. But, unlike other people, Nona isn’t the same. She might be living with her family and have a normal job at her local school. She might love walking on the beach and meeting new dogs, but that’s where her normalcy ends. Because six months, she woke up in a stranger’s body. The whole city is falling to pieces, and a monstrous blue sphere is ready to tear the planet, but Nona would rather live an ordinary life with her loved ones. However, she knows nothing lasts forever, and she must get to work.
The Genesis Of Misery- Neon Yang
Misery Nomaki [she/they] is nobody from a nowhere-mining planet. They possess the rare stone-working powers of a saint that also manifest in those succumbing to voidmadness. They neither want to be a saint nor a voidmad. So, Misery has hidden the truth about their power. Until a voice of an angel leads them to the center of the Empire. Trapped between the powerful and dangerous faction, Misery somehow grows close to a rebel royal. And as this voice of an angel grows bolder each day, what will Misery do?
Exiles- Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders
Damon Yates, a tech billionaire, founded his elite academy over six years ago. He provides Unfortunates from the wrong side of his hyperloop tracks a new future. Jade is a street-savvy adrenaline seeker who also rules the city’s downtrodden eastside; meanwhile, her twin sister, Crys, is an influential socialite settled in Yates’ Westside mansion. When one of the academies brightest is murdered mysteriously, Jade, with her factious band of exiles, sets out to expose whatever happens inside Yates’s exclusive Empire. She needs her sister back on her side, but how will she make that happen when Crys is terrified of her own twin’s face?
The Other Side Of Night- Adam Hamdy
David Asha writes about his biggest regret, which is his sudden separation from his son Elliot. Lost in his grief, he tells a story. Harriet Kealty, a police officer, is trying to clear her name after a lapse of judgment when she discovers an inscription in a secondhand book. It’s a plea wherein someone seeks help because “he” is trying to kill him. Harri is intrigued, and as she begins, she is led to David Asha. She also encounters Ben Elmys, a man she knows all too well because he was once the love of her life. Ben, a close and trusted friend of the Ashas, is a surrogate father to Elliot, and he is also a murderer. A note begins this mystery, but how will it be solved when everything is so confusing?
Mindwalker- Kate Dylan
Sil Sarrah, an 18-year-old girl, is determined to die a legend, but this might be a little difficult now when there are obstacles at every stop. For the past ten years, she has been rescuing imperiled field agents for the Syntex Corporation. She commandeers their minds from afar and leads them to safety. Now, with only twelve months left before the supercomputer grafted to her brain kills her, she is determined to use this time to cement her legacy. But, when an important mission goes south, she is forced to flee. On her mission to gain her employer’s trust again, she will meet people who will change her life forever.
We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow And Other Stories- Margaret Killjoy
Margaret’s stories have appeared in sci-fi and fantasy magazines for years. In this book, some of her best previously published work has been collected along with a few brand-new materials. These stories feature spaceships, swords, man-eating lesbian mermaids, thieves, demons, spears, hitchhikers, and ghouls. Writer of some of the best fearless and min-expanding fiction, Killjoy is redefining the genre, and you must read this book of hers.
Leech- Hiron Ennes
In an isolated chateau, the baron’s doctor has died, and the replacement of the dead doctor has a mystery for him to solve. He needs to uncover how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies. The Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by taking roots in young minds and shaping them into doctors and is here to help humanity and protect them from the apocalyptic horrors the ancestors unleashed. But now, a parasite is spreading through the baron’s castle, and no matter who wins, humanity is bound to lose.
Our Lady Of The Artilects- Andrew Gillsmith
World leaders are shocked and on edge when reports start coming in about a lady in white. There are strange things going on for sure because the next generation of androids is having strange and apocalyptic visions of a lady in white, and nobody is sure how that is possible. The people are looking into the matter, certain that it must be a hack of some sort. But when they find themselves caught in a conspiracy of a global and quite possibly supernatural dimension, the stakes are raised.
The Kaiju Preservation Society- John Scalzi
It’s the time when the pandemic has struck the world. COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, and Jamie, a driver for food delivery apps, is stuck. Until one day, he makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom. Tom works at an “animal rights organization,” or at least that’s what he calls it. He urgently needs a guy to handle things on their next field trip visit. Jamie, the dead-end driver who is eager to do anything, signs on to get the job done. But what he doesn’t know is that the animal’s Tom’s team is working on aren’t here on Earth. Kaiju are large and dangerous pandas in an alternate universe who are in great trouble. Along with the Kaiju Preservation Society, others have found their way into the alternate world too, and their carelessness could kill millions back on our Earth.
Upgrade- Blake Crouch
Logan Ramsay’s genome has been hacked, but there’s a reason why he was chosen for this upgrade. He feels a little sharper and better than he was before. Now he is able to concentrate better, multitask efficiently, read faster, memorize better, and even needs less sleep. But, it’s not long before he starts seeing the world in whole new ways. The reason for his upgrade goes back decades to the darkest part of his past as well as his family legacy. This transformation was just the first step in a much larger plan that would inflict the same changes on humanity. If he uses his new abilities, Logan might be able to stop what’s been set in motion. But what if humanity’s hope for a future really lies in engineering our own evolution? Then what will Logan do?
Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak- Charlie Jane Anders
Rachael Townsend is the first artist ever to leave Earth, but after she encounters an alien artifact, she is unable to make art. Elza Monteiro wants to be the first human ever to venture into the Palace of Scented Tears and compete for the chance to become a princess, but she meets the last person she expects in the palace. Tina Mains studying at the Royal Space Academy isn’t the badass space hero everyone expected her to be. Later, Rachael travels into a dark void while Elza is on a deadly spy mission, and Tina faces an impossible choice that could affect her friends’ lives forever, so what will they do next?
August Kitko And The Mechas From Space- Alex White
Gus Kitko is a jazz pianist. All he wants is to spend his final moments on Earth playing piano at one of the greatest goodbye parties of all time. And also, maybe kiss the amazing rock star Ardent Violent. Vanguards are ultra-powerful robots from the dark heart of space that are intent on destroying humanity for unknown reasons. But when these Vanguards arrive and save Gus, instead of killing him, he is beyond shocked. Turns out, he is chosen to join a small group of traitorous Vanguards and their pilots who are dedicated to saving humanity before it’s too late.
Terminal Peace- Jim C. Hines
Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos and her team have been trained to clean spaceships, but they clearly don’t have any clue on how to fight an interplanetary war with the xenocidal Prodryans. However, they do know that terms like “training” and “being remotely qualified” are overrated. With the war escalating, the survival of humanity and the fate of all other non-Prodryans depends on Captain Mops and her crew. But there are things that are not even under their control.
Until The Last Of Me- Sylvian Neuvel
The First Rule, “always run, never fight,” is the most important. Mia’s family has shaped Earth’s history for over a hundred generations. They push humanity to the stars by making brutal and wrenching choices along the way, but what’s necessary must be done. Now, Mia finds herself about to help launch the first people into space, and with everything that’s going around her, she has realized that obeying this First Rule is no longer an option. She must stand her ground if she wants to save her bloodline as well as the future of the human race.
The Genesis Wars- Akemi Dawn Bowman
Ten months ago, Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months ago, she was also betrayed by someone she once considered a friend and poured her heart out to. Now, in the present day, her family in the afterlife is gone, captured, leaving her all alone. She is on the run, and she must take any allies she can find. AI forces pursue her, and she is desperate to save her friends. But as she tests her own power, she must also deal with the responsibility that entails. With enemies following her and unexpected, unknown allies, Nami will learn who to trust and the sacrifices that must be made for a freer world.
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