Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…
Top Ten Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books
Okay so I’m cheating a little, considering I’m including both Sci-Fi and Fantasy books in this Top Ten. Do I care? Not really! XD
Considering Sci-Fi and Fantasy are my favorite genres, I think it’s understandable that I might go a little overboard. Sci-Fi/Fantasy are also really strange genres to pin on some books. Many people think Sci-Fi mainly takes place in the future; and similarly, that Fantasy takes place in the “past” (or at least some kind of technologically un-advanced time period). But many Sci-Fi/Fantasy books end up not staying within those boundaries — which is when I get really excited.
Anyway, here’s a list of some of my favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Awesome books. If you haven’t checked these out yet, please, I beg you, put your life on hold and do so. You can thank me later. ;)
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Epic Fantasy at its finest. Swords, magic, deliciously rich worldbuilding. (I’ve currently put my life on hold to read the sequel, which is blowing my mind with its feels and awesomeness.) Now, while this is definitely epic fantasy, it’s also a series that I find a little bit Sci-Fi (though not overtly). You have to look really closely, and do some research about the book to find out the details (Google “Cosmere”). But basically, the worldbuilding here includes universe-building and a character/s(?) who can freaking world-hop. Yes, like to different planets in this universe. (This is never explained in the book itself, but it isn’t a spoiler). That’s verging on Sci-Fi for me. And I freaking love everything about it.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: Again, epic fantasy. Ocean’s 11 meets Lord of the Rings. But as mentioned above, this is part of the Cosmere, so, universe-building! And though the first trilogy in this series (yes, first trilogy) is more fantasy, it’s going to eventually include an Urban Fantasy trilogy (sort of modern-day), and then a more Sci-Fi, Space-Opera-ish trilogy set in the future. I dare you to try and define the entire series as a whole. Other than “awesome”.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Okay, this is my idea of straight-up fantasy.There’s a wonderfully Russian-esque feel to the world (Tsarpunk!), but it’s not alternate history — it’s got the awesome magic-y stuff, freaky creatures, political intrigue, epic scale, and rich worldbuilding which is indicative of Fantasy. Woohoo!
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld: It’s about genetically-engineered airships vs. steampunk-powered technology, which I consider solidly Sci-Fi… even though it’s also set in the past, during an alternate-history WWI.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: This one’s about a group of settlers who’ve traveled to a new planet to make a new civilization. But it’s also got this rustic, Western-ish feel…
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Sci-Fi! It’s got people living in pods and using “smart-eyes”/virtual reality! No, wait. There are also people with super cool abilities who live in tribes and are technologically un-advanced. Which always gave me a little bit of a Fantasy vibe. But sometimes they use the cool techy stuff, too…? I’m just gonna say this is the best of both worlds.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Cyborgs! Androids! Spaceships! A Lunar colony that wants to take over Earth! Totally Sci-Fi. …Until I really consider that it’s a retelling of Cinderella, and for me, it totally retains that wonderful fairy-tale feel. But really, it’s totally Sci-Fi.
This is where I have the most problems. Like I said, Fantasy is usually more “past” feeling, and Sci-Fi is more “future” stuff. What about books set now? I know a lot of these get dubbed “paranormal” or “supernatural”, but… Well, these are not those books.
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab: For some reason, I have trouble categorizing this as Sci-Fi. But I would not categorize it as “Paranormal”, either. It’s set in the very near future, where superpowers can be developed by people who die (or almost die) and come back to life. The power you get depends on the person you are, how you die, and your mindset when you’re dying; and there’s something going on with adrenaline or something, too, if I’m remembering right. So, Sci-Fi, right? But as much as I try to justify that, it still feels weird. Maybe it’s just superheroes/supervillains/superpowers in general, that strike me as not particularly genre-dependent. If anything, I think Vicious is almost a revenge thriller. Whatever it is, I love it and everyone needs to read it immediately.
- Legion by Brandon Sanderson (novella): One man and his retinue of hallucinations/multiple personalities search for a camera that can take pictures of the past. (Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.) This one, I can live with the Sci-Fi designation. Time-traveling photography. It’s the multiple personalities that throw me off a little bit, though. Is that magic-y? The main character creates personalities to be “experts” in their fields — they do stuff like freaking learn entire languages for him, or know everything there is to know about weapons, or psychology… That’s not Sci-Fi, but it’s also not natural, and I wouldn’t say it’s “paranormal”… I don’t even know.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Greek gods in modern day! Or… idk, do Greek gods count as Fantasy, or is that more just mythology? Is mythology Fantasy? My brain. It hurts.
And now that I’ve started to hurt my brain thinking about how to classify all these books…
What genre did YOU choose for your Top Ten this week?
Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!