Monthly Recommendations: Science Fiction

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Monthly Recommendations group is a GoodReads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters – two BookTubers I really enjoy watching.

If you would like to see this topic in video form, here it is! I’ve also included time stamps with links to that part of the video so you can jump to what you’re most interested in. If you prefer to read this post, scroll down!

  • 0:45 – The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey
  • 1:45 – Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
  • 3:25 – More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • 4:50 – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • 6:00 – Matched Series by Ally Condie
  • 8:05 – Bloopers

Science Fiction Recommendations

For September, the topic for the monthly recommendations group is science fiction! When looking for books to recommend for this topic, I realized that a lot of the science fiction I read isn’t really “hard core” scifi, but are mostly dystopians. I narrowed my list down to 5 favorites that I feel are fairly different from each other – this way I could provide some variety in my recommendations! 

The 5th Wave Series

by Rick Yancey


  • If you want to read an scifi post apocalyptic book that involves aliens, I have to recommend the The 5th wave series.
  • This series is about Cassie and what happens to her when aliens show up on Earth and kill most of the human population. Cassie is trying to survive in a dangerous world as she tries find her little brother.
  • I found it very thought provoking. This series explores what happens to society when you take away our humanity.
  • I listened to the whole series on audio. I definitely recommend the audiobooks if you enjoy listening to books.
  • If a girl trying to survive in a world where aliens have destroyed everything, including our humanity, sound interesting to you definitely give this series a shot!

Chaos Walking Series

by Patrick Ness



  • If you’re looking for a science fiction set on another planet, I recommend the Chaos Walking trilogy. This is one of my all time favorite series.
  • This series is about Todd, who lives in a little town on a planet where everybody can hear each others thoughts (including of plants and animals) and there are no women.
  • What I love most about this series is that (to me), it was more than just about the characters and the storyline.
  • I listened to the first book in the series on audio when I reread the book earlier this year and I loved the audiobook!
  • The way Todd talks and the way you can hear everyone’s thoughts is much easier to understand when you listen to it via audiobook.
  • If you’re looking for a science fiction book that is more than just a good story, definitely check this one out.

More Than This

by Patrick Ness


More Than This

  • The next science fiction book I want to recommend is also by Patrick Ness!
  • This book starts with a boy who commits suicide. Then, the boy wakes up naked and alone. He doesn’t know if he’s alive or dead, or in heaven or hell. Interesting, right?
  • About half of this book is about the boy after he commits suicide and about half of it is flashbacks to when he was alive and you learn about his life and what led up to his suicide.
  • This book touches on some heavy topics, including suicide and emotionally abusive parents. Also the main character is gay and part of the flashbacks encompass his coming out story.
  • I found this book to be really thought provoking about bigger topics than the plot of the book. It’s one of the reasons I really love Patrick Ness’s writing.
  • I recommend this book if you’re looking for a scifi with a contemporary and dystopian feel with a splash of diversity too with the gay main character.

The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer



  • The next science fiction series I want to recommend is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
  • The Lunar Chronicles is a series of fairy tale retellings set in a futuristic science fiction world. The first book, Cinder, is a retelling of Cinderella. The second book Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding hood. The third book Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel, and the last book Winter is a retelling of Snow white.
  • I always say that this series transcends genres because while it’s strictly science fiction, but it fits with dystopian, post apocalyptic, retelllings, and fantasy – all rolled into one!
  • I recommend this series to anybody who is interested because I truly feel it has something to offer everyone. I think it’s unique and creative, so if you’re looking for a fresh take on scifi, definitely check this series out!

Matched Series

by Ally Condie



  • The last science fiction series that I’m going to recommend today is one that I think is underrated – The Matched series by Allie Condie.
  • The Matched series is a science fiction dystopian. It’s set in a world where the government basically controls everything. It’s very reminiscent of the world of the Giver in the sense that conformity is the ideal of the society.
  • What I found the MOST interesting about this world is the fact that creativity has basically been eradicated. Everything that exists in this world, exists because it has a purpose. Creativity doesn’t really serve a purpose – so it doesn’t exist anymore.
  • While the plot and the characters were interesting enough to me, what really kept me reading was exploring the idea of living in a world like this.
  • If reading about a world where creativity doesn’t exist sounds interesting to you, definitely check this series out. I really enjoyed it!

Share your science fiction recommendations with me in the comments!

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