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Five Fall Favorites--Sci-Fi

This post’s Five Fall Favorites genre is a little bit different then the rest have been—today I’ll be sharing my top five Sci-Fi novels (more specifically, my top five Dystopian novels)!

During the Five Fall Favorites party, each blogger is allowed to change one of the daily genres to the genre of their choice. I thought it’d make sense to change one of the genres to match what I write—dystopian fiction! Today’s real FFF genre is stories about Babies, so that’s what the other bloggers will be posting about today (you can check out their posts by clicking on the image below)!

And if you’re wondering where on the Literary Lodge property I’m hanging out today, I’m relaxing by the boats at Literary Lake. The waters are calm and the sunrise is beautiful, making it the perfect peaceful reading spot! Here are the books I have with me today:

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

Like everyone else on the east side of the Wall, Parvin Blackwater has a clock counting down the days until her death. At seventeen, she has only one year left. When the authorities find out she has been illegally sharing a clock with her twin brother, she is cast through the Wall—her people's death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about God, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. If she can get the word to them before her time runs out.

Yes, I know this is the third time I’ve mentioned this book in one of my FFF lists. I just love it that much, okay? ;) One of the elements I most enjoy is the setting--it's very different than most dystopian settings. It doesn’t feel as dark and gritty but maintains the perfect balance of primitivity and futurism.

Find the book on Goodreads here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

I read The Giver for the first time earlier this year, and I was blown away by how powerful such a short novel could be! There was incredible depth to the characters and world building, and the story was fast-paced and thought-provoking. This was an incredible read!

You can find it on Goodreads here.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

You might remember that this series was in yesterday’s go-to favorites list. While the cast of captivating characters is the main reason I love these books, the world building is also phenomenal. It’s done so well I take it for granted—I’m so immersed in the story world that I forget how unique and developed it is.

You can find Cinder, the first book in the series, on Goodreads here. Here is Cinder's synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But for Katniss, survival is second-nature. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

I don’t think I can make a list of dystopian books without mentioning The Hunger Games. Though, in my opinion, the dystopian setting takes a back seat to the compelling characters and punchy voice of the novel.

Find this book on Goodreads here.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

The world-building in Divergent is absolutely amazing. Each of the book's factions is very distinctive, yet compliments both the plot and the other factions. While I found Divergent's sequels less enjoyable than the first book, the setting was deepened in those novels, expanding into something complex yet authentic.

You can find Divergent on Goodreads here.

To be honest, I’ll probably love almost any dystopian book I try. Drop your dystopian recommendations in the comments below and let me know if you’ve read any of today's top picks!

Don’t forget about our grand prize giveaway, which you can enter below. We are announcing the winner TOMORROW, so make sure to get your entries in today!

I'll see you tomorrow for the last day of the Five Fall Favorites party, when I’ll be sharing my top five favorite reads of 2021!


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