Hello everyone! I hope you all are safe and happy, and that you are reading some pretty amazing books! At the moment I feel like I am living in a swamp. I usually call the place in which I live a swamp, because it is pretty humid and around here there are a ton of paddy fields (and it is quite a change of scenery for me, used to live near the mountains, where the air is not so humid!) but lately is raining a lot. At least a bit every day, so it is all damp and more swampy than usual… sigh! Anyway, today I am back with the list of 10 books that made the cut for my team in the SPSFC contest.
Last week I talked a bit about some of the books that didn’t make it, so today I am happy to present you with the ones that are still running!
Of Cinder and Bone has an amazing idea. It is like Jurassic Park, but with dragon and mixed with thriller vibes. I can’t wait to dig deeper into this one. I loved the way in which the characters interact here, and I enjoyed the attention that the author pay to them all. And since I am a more character-driven kind of reader well, this sounds promising, right??
Refraction has an amazing cover. And okay, this is not all. Obviously. We are not so shallow as to choose a book just because its cover is so so pretty. But hey, I love the cover all the same! To be completely honest, I wasn’t 100% sold on this one, it is intriguing, but I am not really so keen on time “jumps” so it usually takes me a bit to get over it and start enjoying the book as a whole. So there is that to consider. And this thing aside it was pretty interesting. So let’s see how things will go from there!
Age of Order has strong dystopic vibes (I think it is a dystopic book, but to be really sure you have to read a bit more than 100%) and I am not the biggest fan of those, but I enjoyed the MC as far as I have read, and I am curious to see more of her around!
Extinction Reversed has a quite unique starting point. I think this is the first book of this kind I have ever read, and so far I am enjoying it. I can’t say for sure because, again, I have just sampled it, but even if I think that the direction of the plot is a bit… unoriginal and a bit of a waste, the starting point is unique (at least to me) and intriguing, and maybe the author will manage to surprise and intrigue me again. I am eager to see how this would end!
Zenith really made me curious. To be honest when I started it I wasn’t really too interested, but slowly it begin to capture my attention. It was slowly growing on me, and things were just starting to get really interesting when I stopped reading!!
Wherever Seeds May Fall was another slow start for me. I wasn’t really so convinced but then, right near the 10% mark, I get suddenly interested. I have not read a lot of first contact books, so I really hope this would just be the (good) first of a long series!
The Shepherd Protocol was intriguing right from the beginning. Sure, things are a bit confusing right now, but this is understandable, but the writing is smooth and captivating and the world sound interesting. Also, I was quite enjoying it and my time with it flew by!
The Trellis sounded promising. So far we get to follow two characters, and even if I am more interested in one of them (the detective sounds like a pretty solid character), I was intrigued by the world-building, and the story was starting to get interesting. I think it may be one of the best on this list if we talk about world-building, even if it is too soon to really say!
Above the Sky is a Young Adult Dystopian with an interesting world to explore. We didn’t get to see a lot of it in the beginning, but this is normal, but what we get to see is intriguing. I just hope it would keep at its original traits!
Dog Country kept remembering me that I have yet to read Dogs Of War by Tchaikovsky. And I know that this is not here nor there, but every single time I saw this book or I think about this book, this is what my mind keeps telling me. Annoying maybe, but it may be useful if I manage to read both books soon, right? Anyway, this is one of the most original. I don’t think it beats Extinction Reversed, but we are pretty close. I think this is the one that fascinated us (as a team) the most.
So, these are the books that I would read in the near future (or not so near, I have time till January, so I will try and read them reading something else between one and another, too) and I think you will find more about them later on!
And what about you? Have you heard of these books? Or these authors?? Let me know!