Sci-Fi Space Recommendations

Monday, June 4, 2018

If a book's blurb/description mentions even a word related to space, it goes on my TBR no questions asked. But the sad thing is, I haven't read too many books in that realm *headdesk* I know, I'm a sad lover of space. I only have two favorites (as mentioned below) but I really want to expand this list so please share yours too!


I love the history, time-travel, and sci-fi elements that Ryan Graudin wove into Invictus. And the cast of characters à la Guardians of the Galaxy made it all the more enjoyable! It's also a standalone, which means no cliffhangers and no waiting for the sequel. You *know* you're going to get an ending. Invictus in a short sentence = a mind-warping chase through time and space to save the future's past.

I can confidently say that Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman is my favorite space book thus far. The drama, the intensity, I LOVED IT ALL. The entire story is so messed up in the best way possible. And you would think that I'd be saying the same about the entire series, but I haven't read onward yet ... I know, I'm the worst 🙈I wanted to re-read Illuminae before Gemina came out, but you can see how that turned out. (It didn't.)

I may not love These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner with the same undying love as Invictus and Illuminae, but it's definitely a book I would recommend. The best way I can describe this book is Titanic meets The 100.


  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray // I've been seeing a bunch of mixed reviews for this one but I will read anything about AIs no matter what anyone says!
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner // "In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race ..."
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre // Petty criminal main character + sentient alien ships.
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston // ANASTASIA IN SPACE? SOLD.
  • Contagion by Erin Bowman // This one doesn't come out until the end of July, but IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. I love the mystery/thriller element, which is something that seems to make space books even more enticing to me. (Again, the best example in this case is Illuminae. What can I say, I love the creepy parts!)



Okay friends, tell me your favorite space books!

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