Today I want to talk about one of my new favourite types of book and that is books that are set in space!! By this I mean both books that are set within space and books set on other planets. These recommendations are not only just for books that are set in space/another world but books that really take advantage of these settings and make it the greatest feature of the book. To me a well done and realistic setting really gives an ambience to a book and makes the whole story line come to life. With books that occur within these settings in particular I love when the author not only makes the story occur in this place but really uses this landscape within their novel. So here are the books that I believe are out of this world!!;
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
These books are absolutely amazing!! They are my all time favourite books and I will recommend them to anyone who will listen, haha. These books take the aspect of space and make it the main theme, using different universes, planets, and spaceships to give the story such intrigue and excitement. All of the problems that the characters encounter in this story are all involved with them being in space which really just shows how they completely use the setting in their story. This story does not just take place in space but everything that happens within the story occurs because they are in space which I think is the difference. Any story could be told with this setting but not be immersed in it.
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This is another book that completely uses the setting of space to compact the story. In this instance they use the isolation of being the only living person left on a spaceship headed for a new planet. This novel shows the more horrific side of space and how the isolation can cause tricks on the mind and how the emptiness of it really makes you question everything. Through our protagonist we see what this place can really be like.
Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This series is partially set on a futuristic Earth, on Luna (which is what the moon is referred to as), and also set in space. I love how in this series there is such a difference between those individuals who live on Luna or Earth and it really brings back the idea of whether nature or nurture decides who we become. I really enjoy all of the futuristic and science fiction aspects that are involved in this series and how they impact upon each race and how they live on their planets.
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
Artemis by Andy Weir
This book is absolutely fantastic! It is set in Artemis which is a colony on the moon. The best aspect of this book really is all of the science that went into it, Andy Weir really goes into detail about how and why Artemis came to be and I found all of that to be really interesting. Being set on the moon there were obviously many things that change the way in which the individuals live their lives and this was all gone into a great amount of detail making it seem really realistic. I have so much love for this book and it actually might be my favourite science fiction book of all time, if you guys are interested I have written a spoiler free review if you would like to read it here.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
So these are my out of this world recommendations! If you guys have any books like these that you have to recommend I would love to hear them 😀 I hope you guys enjoyed this list and if you have read any of these books I would love to hear what you thought of them.
Thank you for reading!