This is a list of all the science fictions books that I feel are worth mentioning. They will be in alphabetical order and I will provide a rating of between 1-10 for each. Just because I didn’t enjoy the book doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading or listening to at least once. Every book is unique and provides interesting insight into the genre and how different people view it. There are affiliate links throughout that will take you to Amazon if you are interested in purchasing or any of them or wish to learn more. Amazon is one of any science fiction enthusiasts’ best friends. This list will grow with time but if there is something you feel is missing, I encourage you to reach out and let me know. I am always open to suggestions.
Armada – My rating: 9. The military aspects of this book were the only reason this book didn’t rate a 10. DO NOT listen to the naysayers. This was a great book with a very interesting story. If you go into it expecting another Ready Player One, first off, you are not going to get what you are expecting and second off, you are an idiot. This was its own book with a fun story and plenty of interesting characters. My only issue, as a military veteran, is I know what military dialogue sounds like and when I hear or read someone attempting the dialogue and sucking miserably at it, I cringe.
Artemis – My rating: 9. This book, like Armada, got a lot of unnecessary and unwarranted bad reviews because people went into it expecting some kind of repeat of The Martian. Again, stupid. This was a great book with an interesting story and the characters were a lot of fun as well. It was a unique idea and Andy Weir created a very interesting world that is one of the many possible futures that humanity could be facing. This is another must read book.
Ender’s Game – My rating: 10. For me, this books set the standard for all science fiction. Without a doubt, the best science fiction book I have ever read. I couldn’t put it down. Orson Scott Card is truly a master within the genre and any of his books are worth a read through. The start was slow, but it picks up fast and once it does, it never lets up. Ender Wiggin may sound like a dumb name, but the character is a master within the science fiction universe.
Ender’s Shadow – My rating: 9. Another incredible science fiction work by Orson Scott Card but this one fell slightly short of its predecessor. It was Ender’s Game but told from a different perspective. A fascinating idea with the only issue being how difficult it is to read the book with a completely open mind. An argument can be made for a 10, but 9 is where I feel this book belongs. It was magnificent and lead to the better of the 2 different series.
Fear the Sky: Fear Saga – My rating: 7. I was skeptical to add this series to my list. This book wasn’t as bad as the rest of the series and I would even go as far as to say it was interesting, but this book was the highest I could rate of the series. I won’t waste much space for the rest but you can continue if you wish to see how it all ends. I rate the second book as a soft 5, possibly even 4, and the third book I would give negative ratings if it were within my rating boundaries. The third book was bad enough that I returned it as soon as I was able. There were too many changes that made too little sense and it was difficult to get through.
Hell Divers – My rating: 7. This was an interesting series. While there were plenty of issues throughout the book, the story was not bad. It had interesting characters and some very different ideas and while a 7 may not seem like a great rating, I do highly recommend this book and the rest of the series. The series was entertaining, even if it was full of a lot of things that were either weird or didn’t quite make sense.
The Martian – My rating: 10. Potatoes. I loved everything about this book. The dialogue, the characters, the detail, the journey, I could go on. You don’t even have to be a science fiction lover to enjoy this book. Mark Watney has to be one of the coolest characters ever created in a book. Macgyver in space is an accurate description for what this book is about and the plot definitely makes you think about the possibilities.
Ready Player One – My rating: 10. I am half tempted to break the rules and give this one a 15. Hands down, one of the best books I have ever encountered. I recommend the audio version because Wil Wheaton absolutely nails it. I have listened to it four times already and it never loses the impact. I can’t say enough good things about this one. PHENOMENAL!
Timeline – My rating: 7. This was another very interesting read. The movie definitely failed to capture a lot of what I feel was intended by this book but that tends to happen. This book takes you back to medieval times but the idea of time travel and the right people being in the right time period was fascinating. Michael Crichton definitely wrote some interesting science fiction.
2001: A Space Odyssey – My rating: 7. This was a tough book to read. There was little entertainment value, in my opinion, but it definitely makes up for a lot of that in the ideas it inspired. This book was so far beyond its time but the writing was a little dry for my taste. I have to admit though, it inspired a lot of questions and made me think about a lot of things I hadn’t considered. An absolute must read if you are into science fiction.
We Are Legion: We Are Bob – My rating: 9. The idea surrounding this book was so interesting, I was inspired to look into more history and concepts surrounding the probe idea. It was fascinating and this book did an incredible job of giving some insight as to what it might be like for both the probe and humanity. The writing was interesting and not overly technical. There is plenty of action and adventure as well to keep anyone interested from start to finish.