Among all the genres, Science-fiction is the most unique and lets readers explore unimaginable heights of imagination and innovation. With plots that take you to fictional worlds where “Science” is a dominant element like nature, Science-fiction books in general, never bore you, and rather introduce you with stories that are too fascinating and entertaining.
If you are a fan of Sci-fi and are already done reading all the collections lying on your bookshelves, then why not begin reading some new ones to dive into adventurous plots that are truly out of the world. From Space to a parallel Universe, Earth to Black Holes, Chemical Formulas of evolving Dinosaurs to getting lost and surviving in an alien Planet, the plots of Science-fiction are undoubted, incomparable to any other.
Here is the list of best Science-fiction books published in the last 20 years, that you surely cannot miss.
One of the finest works of Science-fiction, you might have absolutely enjoyed watching the movie “Jurassic Park” multiple times, and it surely is one of your favourites since childhood. But have you ever thought about reading the original version of the novel in detail? Because we cannot deny the fact, that although movie adaptations are made focusing on all the important events of the original book, can they compete hundreds of pages of real details? They surely cannot.
If you want to travel to the past and rejuvenate some amazing memories of your childhood, Jurassic Park is not going to disappoint you. The novel usually follows the story of a billionaire’s disastrous attempt to create a theme park inhabited by genetically recreated Dinosaurs, and things don’t go out as planned. Read in detail about this adventure and discover some amazing facts and events that weren’t there in the movie.
Another successful Science-fiction that was turned into an equally impressive film by the same name, The Martian is the story of the Astronaut Mark Watney, who embark on an almost impossible, nerve-chilling journey to Mars as an A3 Crew Member. The novel focuses on the journey from Earth to Mars, on the spaceship named Hermes, but things begin to change as soon as they are about to land on the unknown land of Mars.
The A3 mission to Mars is followed by the two successful Ares missions, but when Hermes lands on the surface of Mars, and the Astronauts face an unexpected and violent dust storm, they have to abort the mission. Leaving Watney on Mars thinking him to be dead after being struck by a shard of metal, the novel takes unexpected turns that are truly unimaginable, fascinating, and will keep you glued till the end.
A New York Times bestselling and three-time Hugo award-winning series, Broken Earth Trilogy will take you on a world of fantasy, that will tell a tale of futuristic Earth that you can never forget. Set on a massive fictional continent called the Stillness, in a far-future Earth, that is wracked with periodic disasters known as Seasons, everything is different from the natural world we live in. Here, the Seasons are massive apocalyptic events that last for generations, reshaping the world and its inhabitants, and surviving through them is next to impossible. The survivors huddle into Comms, protected communities that try to wait out the destruction, then crawl out and rebuild civilization before the next event. A series where you can trace the connections of past and future takes you through the journey of survival of humans who can draw incredible magical power from reservoirs of the Earth.
This series is undoubtedly unique, captivating, and will transport you into a different world with different rules. There are some thoroughly interesting, fearing Incidents in the series that you cannot miss.
Wanderers by Chuck Wending is the story of Shana, a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope of restoring lives. When Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady, sleepwalking, she cannot be woken in any possible way, Shana realizes that something is wrong with her sister, and she is being controlled by some invisible powers. But when Shana and her Sister are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey, everything begins to grow complicated and strange. Shana is determined to find the reason behind this mystery and goes to an extent to resolve it.
Will Shana be able to bring her sister and other sleepwalking people back to their reality? Will Shana be able to discover the terrifying secret and fight against it all but alone? There is so much more to discover from this shocking yet engaging novel by Chuck Wendig.
Ancillary Justice is the first book in the Imperial Radch Trilogy and is about the former Ancillary who calls herself Breq. The main focus of the plot, Breq is determined to assassinate the Lord Anaander Mianaai of the Radch Empire, because he was the one who had killed her commander, Captain Awn, some 20 years ago. This quest for seeking revenge takes Breq into an unexpected adventure, where she discovers many secrets that had been suppressed for many years, one of them is her discovery of the secret, that Vendaai (another important character of the plot) has been frozen for 1,000 years.
A thoroughly entertaining book for the lovers of Science-fiction, you cannot help but admire this amazing novel, and continue with its other two parts.
Set in a dystopian world, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro has its plot set in a futuristic world where human clones are created so that they can donate their organs as young adults. The cloning technology is so advanced that it helps cure major problems like cancer because the organs are harvested from clones. The cloned donors, however, lead a pathetic life and have to give their organs one at a time until they die. A totally unique plot, when you begin with it, you will forget about what’s reality or fiction, and rather dive deeper into this dystopic world created by Ishiguro.
The novel is narrated by Kathy, who is a clone and works as a carer for donors in the country, she recalls her childhood, the events of her life revolving around friendship and her upbringing, Kathy has a lot to tell about herself to the readers. The events that are unfolded by Kathy will surely touch every reader’s heart. Never Let Me Go is indeed a heart-touching science-fiction.
Focusing on the character of Vasya, who is gifted with magical powers, The Winter of the Witch has an engaging plot that takes readers into a world of magic, jealousy, death and revenge. Set in Moscow, that has been struck by disaster, and its people are searching for answers, and for someone to blame. In the midst of Grand Prince choosing his allies, a wicked demon brings more chaos to the scene, and Vasya finds herself at the centre of this chaos and conflict. Will she be able to uncover the surprising truths that she has been seeking all these years? Will she use her magical powers purposely? There is so much more to explore in this amazing novel by Katherine Arden.
A haunting tale that will keep you glued till the end, The Changeling has the most unique plot revolving around Apollo Kagwa, whose father once mysteriously disappeared leaving him behind a box of books and strange recurring dreams. The novel then returns back to the present, where Apollo is himself a father, but now, things are beginning to change because his old dreams return, and Emma, his wife acts oddly.
When Emma commits a horrific act and disappears with her child, Apollo is left to discover the trials that may lead him to his wife and child. Apollo realizes that Emma is not the person he imagined to be, and in his quest of finding them, Apollo comes across some series of unexpected events that are truly captivating.
Another fascinating science-fiction novel that takes you on an adventure to space, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet follows the journey of Wayfarer, the spaceship and its crew members. The main focus of the plot is Rosemary Harper, who doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the ageing Wayfarer. But as the plot unfolds further, and unexpected mishaps occur, the novel begins to take rather a more interesting turn and takes readers on a thrilling experience into the space. How will the young explorer survive in space is what you got to discover from this captivating novel by Becky Chambers.
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestselling novel, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro features a heart-touching tale of Science-fiction that is equally unique and impressive. Ishiguro takes readers to the future around robotics and technology, where people live alongside their own genius inventions “robots” that are humane. The titular character Klara is a robot, an Artificial Friend (AF), whois made for the purpose of providing companionship to children because modern kids lack friends to play and communicate with, and the sole reason behind it is that the parents of the future have become less interactive with children, hence, they buy robots like Klara to be their child’s best friends.
Klara is an intelligent robot, she perceives the world from the shop window of the AF store and wishes to find a home someday. The narration begins with Klara’s everyday experience at the store where she has some friends who are made like her to provide company. Many children come and go everyday day and choose their robot friends at the shop, but Klara’s favourite is Josie who promises to buy her one day, from outside the glass window. Josie eventually returns to buy Klara from the store and takes her home. It is from this point, Klara’s life changes and the readers come across many interesting events in between. Ishiguro’s novel is undoubtedly interesting and entertaining.
That’s all for the list of best Science-fiction books of the last 20 years that you must read. You will definitely love having these books added to your collection because they surely are thoroughly entertaining.