Top Ten Tuesday – Hidden Gems in Science Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

This week’s topic is hidden gems in any genre, so I picked Science Fiction. These are in no particular order.
What are some of your favourite Science Fiction novels? Did any of these make your list?


Across the Universe by Beth Revis
        Don’t let the cover fool you, this is not a romance. Across the Universe follows a group of people as they co-exist on a generation ship heading to an earth-like planet. This series explores what it takes for a generation ship to function peacefully and the lengths people are willing to go to maintain that peace. There’s a little mystery sprinkled throughout that will keep you glued to the pages.

Starglass by Phoebe North
        Starglass is similar to Across the Universe as it also features a generation ship headed to an earth-like planet. It also explores themes of power and authority. The biggest difference between the two is the society of each ship. Starglass follows a more strict and religious lifestyle. Both offer a different perspective on the same concept.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
         This book. This book is absolutely AMAZING. The world building and character development are on POINT. I can’t say enough nice things about this book. You don’t even need to know what it’s about. Just read it.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
        172 Hours on the Moon is the perfect balance of Science Fiction and Horror. It puts forth interesting ideas about secrets, heaven and hell, and space. It will keep you on edge and make you second guess your wish of traveling to the moon.

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
        Another generation ship story. I think you might have noticed my love of generation ship stories. Glow goes a little further than the first two in terms of feminist ideals, leadership difficulties, and religious conflict. If you enjoyed the themes from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret, then you’ll enjoy Glow.

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
       I know most of you have heard of the Lorien Legacies and are thinking: why include it on this list of UNDERRATED Science Fiction novels? Well, that’s because I’m sure most of you haven’t read past the first or second novels. The later books get infinitely better than the first novel. Infinitely better. Do yourself a favour and read this series to its completion because you will not be disappointed.

TYR: Children of Dreki by N.R. Tupper
Lastly, and the most underrated book on this list, we have TYR. It’s an action packed thrill ride about murderous aliens, crooked soldiers, and Dreki searching for its offspring. It also explores life after a loved one has been freed from a cult.

I was lucky enough to interview the author, so check that out here!




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