Guest Post:YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Recommendations for Contemporary Lovers
Guest Post Jananee Sundarakumar
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of having magical powers. Chalk it up to growing up in the ‘Potter Generation’ but how I wished that I could clean my room with a wave of my hands or portal to the other side of the world in a heartbeat!
Alas, as I grew up, I realised that maybe these dreams were a little unattainable and instead, turned to the magical world of fantasy and science fiction books instead.
I know that fantasy as a genre can seem intimidating to get into – I mean, you’re basically thrown into an entirely new world. But that is also why it’s just so much fun! Today I’m going to share four fantasy and science fiction books to read if you’re just starting out with the genre – these books are all really fun and easy and are sure to spark a life-long love affair with all things fantasy and science fiction!
Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
Love a good superhero movie? Then look no further than Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee. An incredibly unique tale, Not Your Sidekick follows Jess who, despite having superhero parents, does not have powers herself. Resigning herself to this fact, she takes up an internship with the town’s most heinous villain. The plus side? She gets to spend the day with her long time crush Abby. Watching the two get closer was one of the highlights of this book. Added to that, the world is absolutely fascinating and the plot is sure to keep you hooked – definitely one to add to you ‘to be read’ piles!
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
If you’re intimidated by the fact that fantasy books tend to generally resemble bricks, Every Heart a Doorway will be right up your alley. Despite being a really short book, it packs a punch and is guaranteed to keep you entertained from start to finish. Following what happens to kids after they come back from their magical adventures, this book is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children – a home away from home for all the children that just can’t fit in with their old lives anymore. A book you’re very likely to finish in one sitting, Every Heart a Doorway is definitely one to pick up if you’re looking to add a little magic to your life.
Want by Cindy Pon
Ever stopped to think about what the world would look like in the future? Want is
a science fiction/dystopian novel set in a future Taipei which has become heavily polluted, cynical and quite bleak. The setting provides the perfect backdrop to the book, which follows Jason Zhou and his group of friends as they try to infiltrate a corrupt corporation that develops climate-controlled suits for the elite. Cindy Pon is such a vivid story teller and her characters just seem to leap off the page – I absolutely devoured this book and it is definitely one to look out for.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
One of my absolute favourite books ever, Six of Crows is a particularly good one if you’re new to fantasy because it’s very character and plot driven. Often the most difficult thing to keep up with in fantasy is the world building and whilst Six of Crows is part of a very expansive and unique world, the characters are what makes this book special. This book follows six very different and very dynamic characters all from different walks of life, who band together to pull off one of the biggest heists in history. Full of witty one-liners, brilliant character development and ships to obsess over, Six of Crows deserves every bit of praise it gets.
Which book are you excited to pick up first?