Saturday, November 7, 2015

Books That Are Out of This World!

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be talking about books that are not set in Earth. Some might be set in space, and others might be set in alternate dimensions, worlds, or planets. All of the novels listed below are not only book that are out of this world because of it's setting, but because I liked the book so much and it was out of this world amazing. These are in no particular order!

6.) Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

The Starbound Trilogy is one of my favorite series and it hasn't even concluded yet. This set of novels all follow different characters, with the last one connecting all of them into one galactic war. Talk about epic! I can't wait to see what will finally happen in the last novel and how everything will come together. Out of the two that are already out; These Broken Stars,This Shattered World, and the novella, This Night So Dark, I actually have liked the debut the most. I related to Lilac and Tarver a lot in These Broken Stars, and didn't as much with Jubilee and Flynn in This Shattered World. However, I'm pretty sure I gave five stars to each and four stars to the novella. Starbound not might be everyone's favorite series, but it is really well done.

5.) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

When I first finished For Darkness Shows the Stars, I was so frustrated. The last 75 or so pages were amazing, but I hated how long it took our two main protagonists to come together again. But time has down this book amazing wonders in my mind. Whenever I think about it, I always remember the magical feel the novel had and the more I think about it, the more I like it. If I were to read this book again, I think I would actually like it more than at first. The novel is set in a futuristic world, but I can't tell you what the sci-fi aspect is of the novel because it is part of the massive twist at the end.

4.) Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

The Across the Universe trilogy was the series that really got me into science fiction again. The series was perfect for where I was as a reader at the time and I will always have a fondness in my heart for it. Across the Universe, the first of the three, follow Amy and Elder's journey through space and their adventures in the ship. They delve into some pretty shady stuff and it just expands even more with the next two, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. If you're looking for a fun series set in space, I would definitely recommend this series to you! It might not be the best written, but it sure is a riveting experience.

3.) The Taking Trilogy by Melissa West

Melissa West's Taking trilogy is all about aliens and the shaky peace between humans and an alien race. I'm hoping to finish the trilogy this month with Collide, the final novel, and I cannot wait! Jackson and Ari, our two main characters, are both that I love being in the head of. They're both so alike and different in several ways and I really enjoy seeing how the same thing will affect each of them so differently. I love how the story is not all focused on the romance between Jackson and Ari. In fact, it takes a back burner to the intense political feud in the series.

2.) Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Plus One is on the borderline for whether or not it is science fiction. The standalone novel is set in a futuristic world where  people are either a Smudge or a Ray. Smudges can only come out in the night, while Rays can come out only in the daytime. The novel follows Sol LeCoeur, a Smudge, and the adventure that ensues when she purposefully kidnaps her niece so her drying grandfather can see her. I loved this novel when I first read it, but I don't know what my feelings would be if I reread it. Plus One was a super fun read that was quick paced and I never became bored. If you're looking for a light sci-fi, I would recommend this one.

1.) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is on a whole other spectrum from the light science fiction of Plus One. This novel is one of the most well known science fiction novels. I read it a while back in December 2013, but I completely adored it. If you don't know what the book is about, it follows Ender, and his predestined life to go to a Battle School in space where he is trained to defeat an alien species. I loved Ender's Game when I read it, and I still sometimes think about it to this day. Not often, but still. The novel has a lot of controversy, but I feel like this is a book everyone should read for themselves in order to get an opinion.

That's it for today! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? What are some of your favorite books that take palce in space or an alternate universe? 

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you guys soon with another post!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


  1. I can never remember whether it's These Broken Stars or For Darkness Shows The Stars which was inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, but either way I really want to read both :)

    I quite enjoyed Across the Universe, more than I expected. Also, I love that particular cover of Ender's Game! :D

    1. I do know that For Darkness Shows the Stars is based on Persuasion by Jane Austen, so it must be These Broken Stars. :)

      My favorite in the series is actually the second novel, A Million Suns. Have you read the rest of the series? And yes! It's actually my favorite cover of Ender's Game!

  2. Nice list. I remember seeing reviews of Across the Universe and thinking that series sounded good. I like the idea of adventures onbaord a ship as well as ona new world.

    1. Thanks! That's what I really enjoy about the series; there's adventure within the ship politically and socially, but there's also a whole other layer of adventure because the ship is trying to reach another planet! There's some really great twists in every novel!

      Thanks for stopping by!