4 Book Recommendations for Sci-Fi Nerds

Are you pulling your hair out trying to shop for your Trekkie friend? Or does your dad love Herbert’s Dune but hasn’t been willing to branch out to other sci-fi novels? Or perhaps you are looking to try out some sci-fi novels, because you normally read fantasy? Well look no further! I have compiled a small list of my favorite science fiction novels that would make great gifts for the holiday season.

1. The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

This is by far and away one of the best sci-fi stories I’ve read. I seriously cannot recommend it enough! See my review for Red Rising here, my review for Golden Son here, and click here to see 9 reasons why you should just read this series already! This is an adult sci-fi trilogy, so it may be a bit complex for the younger readers.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is a seriously fun sci-fi/dystopian geek-to-the-extreme read. It’s probably one of my favorite books of all time. Click here to see 5 reasons you should read this book (or gift it to someone who will love it!).

3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I was shocked by how much I loved this book. Again, one of my new all-time favorites, and definitely a favorite of 2016. It’s a lot different than your typical sci-fi novel, as it isn’t as focused on the action as most sci-fi novels are. Instead, it’s more of a social/cultural sci-fi novel. Kind of like Friends meets Star Trek. And it’s so well done!  See my review of it here.

4. The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This series is a great gift for a young sci-fi reader or a reader who likes unique books, because the formatting is entirely distinct. The stories are told through files, video records, illustrations, e-mails, etc., so your reading experience is entirely different than your normal book. See my review for Illuminae here (and see photos of the crazy pages there as well), and see my review for Gemina here! I didn’t love Gemina as much as Illuminae, but I would still recommend this book series to people due on the interesting formatting alone! Plus, lots of people loved Gemina, so my opinion might be a bit of an outlier.

What are some of your favorite sci-fi novels? What books do you plan to gift to folks this year?

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  1. I love Ready Player One and Illuminae! I’ve heard really great things about the Red Rising trilogy, but I’ve never read it. I’ll definitely have to give it a try! I would also recommend Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and Gone by Michael Grant.

  2. These all sound great and I have some on my TBR. I can’t believe I haven’t read them already! I love Science Fiction, but I don’t reach for the genre enough. I’ve been reading too much Fantasy lately and I definitely want to take a break from it, so hopefully I’ll read one of these soon. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet sounds so good :O

    1. It IS so good! I recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi even a little bit! Yes, you definitely have to start adding some sci-fi into your fantasy mix 😀

  3. The Red Rising series is incredible, you just can’t miss it. And I loved Ready Player One – I’m always recommending that book to non-readers. I have the Illuminae series on my to-read list but I’ve never heard of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Thanks for the heads up!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. RPO is perfect for non-readers! I do the same! If you ever end up reading The Long Way… I hope you enjoy it (: Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I still need to read Red Rising and Ready Player One. If you’re posts about Red Rising aren’t enough to get me to finally read it, I’m probably crazy hahaah. I WILL read it soon though!

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

  5. Great list! Red Rising trilogy is the best sci-fi series I have ever read as well 🙂
    I got Illuminae as Christmas gifts for my teenage goddaughters, hopefully they will love it. And Red Rising was finally released in my native language so I got a copy for my brother who does not read in english.

  6. This is exactly the post I’m looking for at the moment! 😀 I watched Star Wars Rogue One a few days ago and I’ve been in a sci fi, more specifically, outer space kind of mood 😛 I don’t know many good books set in space so I ended up re-reading Illuminae yesterday. STILL LOVED IT, by the way, haha and I just added The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet to my TBR because it sounds so interesting 😀

    1. Yes!! The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is AWESOME – especially if you like all of the details of the Star Wars worlds – it excels in the amount of details it provides!

    1. Yes, soon! Definitely start with RPO because it’s fast, easy, and a standalone. And also you’ll LOVE it (well, at least there’s a VERY good chance you’ll love it!).