Brooke Banks

Best Sci-Fi Books You Haven't Read Yet

The Broke Book Bank spotlights small time books that deserve big time praise

Maybe it's just me. But I'm tired of hearing about the same Young Adult Dystopians with the same plot and triangles. I'm tired of the same white boys in space like The Martian and Interstellar.

It's time to expand and appreciate a larger range of content and characters. Because ya'll are missing out on some amazing books that take Science Fiction back to its roots while pushing the boundaries of where it's going.

1. Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Tags: Adult, Aliens

Takes place in Nigeria where an alien dome called Rosewater has spawned a city around it to study it, and reap the benefits. Kaaro is a sensitive with psychic powers that's been inside Rosewater before. He's not enamored.

It's not a linear story, it's not a typical one. It will captivate and shock, then you'll wonder why everyone isn't raving about this already.

2. The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler

Tags: Adult, Aliens

Same categories as Rosewater, but wildly different content with the same stellar quality.

The Jakkuttu Vector takes place generations after the aliens have won. They control Earth and humans, though the latter doesn't know it. Enter a cast of characters from each sector trying to survive and kill as many aliens as possible. If it's possible.

3. Raven Song: A Dystopian Fantasy (Inoki's Game) by I.A. Ashcroft

Tags: New Adult, Dystopian, Mutants

Raven Song is a perfect blend of science fiction and mythology, resulting in a dystopian land devistated by war, tyrants, and supernatural powers. If you're a fan of Hans Solo, you'll love Jackson another charasmatic, mysterious smuggler.

4. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Tags: YA, Dystopian, Environmental

Orleans is a powerhouse. Forget every overdone YA dystopian. This is unique, fantastically written, utililizes reality in a way most in the genre overlook, and is just damn good. The only part that upsets me is how it's a standalone. Of all the YA books to not get a series!

5. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Tags: YA, Dystopian, Superheroes

C.B. Lee has made a life-long fan of my daughter and I with this charming, upbeat, grounded series with a cute f/f romance and a pet robot.

If this is your type of book, also check out Heroine Complex by Sarah Khun and the next book, Dreadnought.

6. Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One by April Daniels

Tags: YA, Dystopian, Superheroes

I just finished this one, I haven't even updated my Goodreads with it but it's what inspired this list and it's so good I couldn't leave it out! Dreadnought follows Daniela as she inherits the Dreadnought mantel, sluething out who murdered the previous Dreadnought, dealing with her abusive transphobic home, heroes with clay feet, and finally living as a girl. It's plucky old-fashioned save the day heroing with the benefit of modern social justice.

7. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

Tags: New Adult, Dystopian, Superheroes

This is the most famous book on the list so far, but I'm still willing to bet you haven't read it as it's wildly underrated.

More superheroes in a dystopian, but this time it's due to the US Military experiments and colonialism. Santa Olivia starts before Loup is born, and then follows her throughout growing up, getting into vigilantism, dating, and getting out of the compound. Have the sequel to finish this duology right away, trust me.
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