“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
GONE is a mind-blowing science fiction series which deserves so much more hype than it currently has. It is without a doubt my favourite science fiction series and few, if any, have ever kept me on the edge of my seat as much as GONE has. The quick moving plot, varied character base and intense storytelling bodes for a reading experience like no other.
In an instant, every person over the age of 15 disappears. Only young children are left behind and the events that follow are disastrous. There are no phones, no Internet and no way of finding out what has happened. Eventually, the children start changing, developing new abilities, people riot, hunger strikes, a war is rising. For everyone, time is running out. When you turn 15, you disappear without a trace.
2. FAHRENHEIT 451
This book is a brilliant read. It immediately became my favourite stand-alone science fiction book. The concept is fascinating, and as a book lover, this premise is undeniably painful to read. What made this book an instant favourite is Bradbury’s literary skills. His poetic writing style is rare and makes the book an instant modern classic. I want to read this again and again.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
3. THE HUNGER GAMES
This book has become the epitome of dystopian science fiction and I am a dedicated fan of the series. Over the years I have read quite a few similar dystopian novels and the Hunger Games remains one of the absolute best. While the romantic triangle is a trope I could do without, the concept of the Games is undeniably fascinating. A hundred years from now I believe the Hunger Games will be considered one of the classic dystopian fiction books of the early 21st century.
In a post-apocalyptic America, The Hunger Games is an annual televised competition where 24 children compete in a battle to the death. Two contestants are chosen from each of the country’s districts as a punishment for a rebellion that happened in the past. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. She sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
4. THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
I specifically bought this as an audiobook to listen to it while out walking. This book is incredibly funny and I kept extending my walks solely because I wanted to keep listening. The seemingly random facts and specific descriptions are hilariously funny in a way few books are. Douglas Adams has a limitless imagination that he so amazingly demonstrates by creating the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This is the most science fictiony science fiction-book I know, and I am eternally grateful it exists, for it has brought me very much joy.
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
5. THE MAZE RUNNER
The Maze Runner surprised me. Its initial premise reminded me of a combination of GONE and the Hunger Games, and what could be better than that? The story itself, however, is completely original and dangerously intense. What I loved about this book series it its ending. Science fiction often ends on a slightly disappointing note, either because I want more detailed explanations or a different ending entirely, but the Maze Runner has a simultaneously open and closed conclusive ending that really stuck with me and made the whole book series stand out from the crowd.
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS?