That’s no moon! Nope, it’s just another Buzzreads post, celebrating the release of the long awaited Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a librarian who was curious about what other sci-fi books she could read to get her in the mood for the next episode in the saga. Luckily, her local library was able to help her out...
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger on the space ark Godspeed whose mission is to land on Centauri-Earth 300 years in the future. However, it’s 50 years before landing, and someone is unfreezing and killing passengers. When Amy is unfrozen, she bands together with Elder, the rebellious future teenage leader of the ship against the corrupt current leader Eldest who’s changed the rules. Sounds like The Emperor, doesn’t it?
These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman
For this next title, imagine if Han Solo and Princess Leia were on the Titanic… in space. The luxury liner Icarus is pulled from hyperspace and plummets to a nearby desert planet. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver is a lowly war hero. Theirs is a tale of love and survival in space.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Did you know the popular dystopian TV show was based off a book series? For those of you not in the know… The people of Earth have lived in spaceships ever since the last nuclear world war. Things have been going well, but they are quickly running out of essentials like air. When a person commits a crime they are either ‘floated’ (shot into space to die) or if they are a minor, imprisoned until they can be floated. 100 of these juvenile delinquents are chosen for a special mission. They are to be sent down to re-colonize Earth. Will they survive? Will they take over? And what’s waiting for them when they get down there? Imagine Han Solo in Lord of the Flies.
Avalon by Mindee Arnett (duology… don’t believe that’s a word? Look it up!)
If anything could come close to the group chemistry of the Millennium Falcon (really nothing tops the group dynamic of the crew of the Firefly though...Browncoats forever!!!), it’d be Jeth Seagrave’s crew. His crew steals metatech, the technology that allows ships to travel at the speed of light. However, when he stumbles across information that both the corrupt government and galactic crime bosses would kill for, his crew begins an exciting space adventure to solve the mystery.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
So let’s imagine if Luke Skywalker had entered the Hunger Games... Darrow is a Red, the lowest of the caste system in his society where he believes that his people are working to make the surface of Mars livable for the future. He soon discovers that they reached the surface years ago and the Gold caste lives in luxury on the surface. He sacrifices everything to break into the legendary Institute where Golds compete against the best and most brutal of the ruling classes. Will he start the Red Revolution?
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
A deadly virus swept the land giving people super-human powers. The government gave those affected a choice: serve the country or be declared a traitor. Many chose a third option: become a thief. When Ciera scores a job to hunt down the supposedly destroyed formula that gave them their powers, an adventure that may cost her and her crew their lives begins. The questionably good fighting against a corrupt government? Sounds like we’re missing a Death Star to me!
And there you have it folks! May the Force be with you this holiday season!