Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a great Sunday.
Today I’m bringing you another book post. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but then there are some temptations that you just cannot resist. I saw this one book – Illuminae (mentioned below) repeatedly over booktube and wanted to know what the hype is all about. So that’s how I started to delve into the genre and it’s been pretty good until now.
But since I didn’t have enough sci-fi recommendations, I’m adding a few magical realism ones to make the list more interesting and diverse.
Here are my top 6 Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism book recommendations
1.Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the first book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy! Told in a unique format of intercepts, coded messages, interviews, military files, emails Illuminae is one helluva of a ride. The year is 2575, two rival mega-companies are at war about the planet, Kady and Ezra have just had a break-up and are now on opposing spaceships to sort out all the mess! But things get a lot more messier.
For some people the format might not work, it isn’t the traditional novel format. But that’s the beauty which makes this series so special. If you want an action packed sci-fi that’s not heavy on scientific stuff, then this is what you should be reading.
2. After Dark – by Haruki Murakami
Cannot say anything more about Murakami books that hasn’t been said before. This one is magical realism mixed with drama and metaphysics. Talks about shenanigans of Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and before dawn.
Let me admit, this one was the most difficult read out of the list. I need to re-read it to decipher it fully, because you cannot read Murakami books just once.
3. The Astonishing Colour of After – by Emily X.R. Pan
If you want to read a tale that’s woven with threads of culture and heart wrenching emotions, The Astonishing Colour of After is something you’ll love. It is a story of Leigh, a young girl who’s mother dies and she starts believing that her mother has turned into a bird. The bird takes Leigh to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. She explores her culture, roots, and heritage.
It is such a stunning and poignant story about loss of a loved one, grief, and connecting with yourself. Read it for a beautiful experience and relive the fairy tale nostalgia. Be ready to cry…lots!
4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
If you’re looking for a dark, action packed, yet easy to read sci-fi, my recommendation would be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship travelling to another planet. She’s connected to earth and talks to her therapists and team through email which takes months to transmit. Then one day she finds out about this other spaceship launched from earth with a boy named J, and things just escalate from there. It is not a cliché love story; things get messier and bloodier, so beware.
5. Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter is a story of Jason Dessen who’s abducted by strangers and taken to an all new world. A world where his wife isn’t his wife, he is not just a physics professor but a scientist who has achieved brilliance in a project. He struggles to find answers in this world and why he’s been brought here.
I’ll say don’t start your Sci-Fi journey with Dark Matter, because it’s way too scientific and technical which may be a bummer for some. The concept is futuristic almost like watching an action movie, but the overly scientific parts are kinda difficult to understand.
6. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell
For all those who’re too comfortable reading YA, yet want to jazz up your reading Landline is a great pick. It is a magical realism story that reads a lot like a whimsical romantic contemporary.
If you’ve read any of these or have any beginner friendly recommendations for sci-fi or magical realism, do share them in the comments below!
Until next time, happy reading.
See you tomorrow….