Hello fellow bookworms 🌟 Lately I have been craving all the books set in space (my Illuminae reread says hello), so I was compelled to write an entire post about sci-fi books that are still on my TBR! It was actually the fault of this new podcast I started listening to, that got me wanting to leave behind my responsibilities and head off into space (better than having to deal with writing my Bachelor thesis): The Girl in Space Podcast. It’s a free fiction podcast set in space (obviously) about a girl, mysteries and spaceships, it immediately got me invested and I’m currently making my way through it!! This is what I was craving, as I usually listen to writing craft-based podcasts. I might discuss the podcast in another post, but it got me wanting to go into SPACE! That’s also why I reread Illuminae and wanted to read all the space books!
These are only the 6 most priority reads, as I have a few more books set in space that I want to get to, but I limited myself to not talking about all of them. Maybe I’ll even do a recommendation post with space books at one point in the future, but as of right now I want to read some more books to have more favorites to recommend! 😄
Navigating the Stars (Maria V. Snyder) 🌟 I LOVED Snyder’s Poison Study, but I haven’t read another book by her since then … yet I still add all her books to my TBR. I also couldn’t say no to Navigating the Stars (released last year), because it’s focused on the main character and her parents who are archaeological experts and travel around the galaxy’s many planets. BUT there is also this strange race of Warriors (not sure if those are aliens or robots) that has been placed on several planets, yet no one knows where they came from. Then the base of the main character is attacked, and she’ll probably set out to discover what is up with the Warriors! I feel like this could be a great unique setup for a big mystery with many twists, so I hope to enjoy it (especially as Reviews hint at a hate to love romance and actual present parents)!
Unearthed (Kaufman, Spooner) 🌟 I have loved Kaufman’s Illuminae Files (with Jay Kristoff) and Megan Spooner’s Hunted (not sci-fi, but a Fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast), so I’m pumped for their team up on this book!! I think I even had this one included on my most anticipated releases of 2018, as I remember gushing about it and now my library has gotten a copy, so I hope to get to it this year when I’m getting back to my beloved library 🥰 As far as I remember this is about an alien planet (sadly the aliens seem to be extinct) being discovered that has vast resources … but there are different people with different motives for using them. The main guy character is with the scholars trying to study the new technology, but our female character is wants to loot it all 😈 This seems like a hate to love relationship as they are initially at odds but have to stick together when an incident occurs!!
Heart of Iron (Ashley Poston) 🌟 I LOVED Ashley Poston’s contemporary Geekerella, so I was incredibly excited for her sci-fi book … but I never ended up reading the book despite it being releases last year. Still, this is one book I definitely want to get to, as I have enjoyed the author’s other works before and have high hopes for her, even if it’s in a different genre. I don’t read enough space books as it is and this one seems to have some kind of cyborg love interest 👀 The synopsis calls him an Ironblood, so I’m hoping for a unique spin on the topic! In general, Herat of Iron sounds mysterious … the main character was literally found floating through space, so that has me intrigued! I also won’t say no to a romance with the mysterious metal boy 🥰
Honor Among Thieves (Caine, Aguirre) 🌟 This is another 2018 release that caught my eye because it sounded intriguing and full of mystery! It’s about a petty criminal (already got me loving the main character) who almost gets into jail, but surprisingly is recruited into the Honors Team instead, tasked from a sentient alien ship (that sounds SO interesting and unique, I love that the ship is literally alive – definitely nicer than AIDAN) to explore the outer reaches of the galaxy. That alone sounds like a cool concept, especially as there is something sinister going on that will probably be revealed along the main character’s journey! This just sounds like it will be fast-paced, suspenseful and a fantastic adventure, so it’s on the top of my to-read list! 📚
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James) 🌟 This is the book that most reminds me of Girl in Space, as it’s also about a girl stuck alone on a spaceship without anyone else to rely on. The ship was on route to explore a new habitation for humanity, but some company is on the way as another shuttle has launched from earth. The main character is able to communicate with the boy on board via e-mail and falls in love against all odds!! This sounds so interesting, as I hope the book will explore the girl’s isolation and loneliness and the ability to finally communicate with someone else again. I think there’s also a mystery going on with other messages arriving as well, so I’m super excited to get to it, especially as I have not heard many people talk about it, this might be a new hidden gem! 💎
These Broken Stars (Kaufman, Spooner) 🌟 Kaufman and Spooner appear on the list again, because they have another Series set in space!! This one is more of a space opera I think and has a very different setting from Unearthed. The Trilogy focuses on a different couple each book (reminds me a lot of the Illuminae Files that way) and the first couple reads a lot like opposite attracts to me 🥰 It’s about the daughter of a rich businessman and a war hero that are forced to stick together when their ship crashes, that alone is enough to intrigue me! I’m hoping for some great banter and some survival as they are literally the lone survivors of the crash. This seems to be more focused on trying to get off this planet or at least explore it, so that is a premise I have not seen explored before and therefore intrigued me!
Have you read any of the books on this list? What are your favorite books set in space? 🌟