This week's Top 5 Wednesday is all about our 5 favorite futuristic books. I had to think about this one a little bit, just which ones exactly were my favorites. I enjoy futuristic books, but I don't think I've really read that many of them. There are a bunch more out there that I want to read and enjoy. But all these ones that I picked I definitely did enjoy or at least found them really interesting. So here's my Top 5 Futuristic Books!
By: Amy Kathleen Ryan
I actually won this one through a Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway and I'm sure glad I did. I really loved reading this one. This book is the first in an underrated (I believe) trilogy about people aboard spaceships. The background is that the Earth has become sort of uninhabitable and a select number of people were sent to find a new planet to live on. Our main characters in the book have never seen Earth, they were born on the spaceship and are an important part of populating and inhabiting their new home planet. I guess they are vital to the survival of the human race. Then bad stuff starts to go down. Their spaceship is attacked, all the girls are kidnapped, a bunch of adults are killed, and it's up to the kids to survive. The book goes back and forth between the girls and the boys as they struggle to survive and reunite.
This was probably my first introduction to space books and I freaking loved it. The setting of the ship was so well thought out of what needed to be included for these people to realistically survive such a long trip. They had a farming section on the ship with trees, flowers, and animals, everything that humans would need to start life on another planet. The action and story was really good too. I just very much enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. This is definitely an underrated space series that more people need to read.
Author: Lissa Price
The reason I initially picked this one up was the cover. I mean you can't pass this one up without having to take a second look at the cover. And the story inside was really good. This is a future society where only the very old and very young are still alive. There was some type of disease that wiped out the rest of the population. The old and young were only spared because of a vaccine. The older people resent the young though, and if a young person doesn't have a living guardian, they must live in hiding. There is a way for young people to make money though, and that is to rent out their bodies to older people. The old people are able to be young again in a rentable body. That's what our main character decides to do and then it sort of becomes a thrill ride to save herself, her family, and find the villain.
This one was a lot of fun and I really need to read the next book.
Title: The Summer Prince
Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson
I was able to read this one through Netgalley and ended up enjoying it. Some of the story was a little weird, but probably the coolest part of this book was the world. It was set in a futuristic Brazil where there was a caste system in place. I didn't understand everything that was going on in this book, but it definitely kept me interested the whole way through and being able to experience a futuristic Brazil was a definite plus. The world was very immersive and the book should be given a try just for that.
Title: The Declaration
Author: Gemma Malley
This was an interesting one because it revolves around the question of what would you do to live forever? This is a world where a longevity drug has been invented that gives the option to live forever. But every person who decides to take the drug and live forever must give up their rights to ever have children. Every child that is born is a surplus and a drain on resources. They are sent to institutions where they are taught that they are worthless and that the only thing they are good for is to serve the legal citizens. I like this one because it is just a very interesting world. It brings up the consequences of whether it's right to live forever and what has to be sacrificed because of that choice. It also brings up the question of is it fair to deny others the right to life and happiness.
Title: The Reality Bug (Bobby Pendragon #4)
Author: D.J. MacHale
The Bobby Pendragon series was probably one of my favorite series when I was in middle school and might even have been my first foray into a possible futuristic world. This futuristic world was all about virtual reality and people getting lost in that virtual reality. The citizens of this world ultimately decided that virtual reality was better than real life and because of that decision, it was the first world that Bobby Pendragon wasn't able to save. This also has sort of the same concept as another book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but The Reality Bug actually delves more into the consequences of what would happen if people chose virtual reality over everything else. There have to be people actually living and producing food and creating things for society to survive. If everyone just chooses to live in a virtual world, then they have condemned themselves to really no life at all. I just found this book really interesting and it's a part of one of my favorite series.
Title: These Broken Stars
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I almost forgot about this one, but had to add it because I loved it sooo much. It starts off as the Titanic in space and then becomes a survival story on an alien, deserted planet. Just a really cool story with a really sweet romance. I really enjoy space books, and this one was a lot of fun. If you haven't read it yet, you really should.
So that's it for my Top 5 Wednesday of my Top 5 Futuristic Books. I hope you enjoyed it. What books would be on your list? Give me some recommendations for great futuristic books that I need to read ASAP. Go check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers.