I don’t know if #SciFiSeptember is a thing – but it totally should be! And of course, we have some recommendations for you.
War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Sisters Onyii and Ify end up on opposite sides of the Nigeria-Biafra war … but the two are destined to meet again.
War Girls is a futuristic reimagining of the civil war between Biafra and Nigeria during the late 60s. The author gives us a look at how each side thinks of the War, and how each side is willing to do anything to win. We can see so much love and hatred in this compelling story! The futuristic twist is really so imaginative with body augments, using bodies to create slave soldiers, robot tech, and a network that reveals how every technology links together. War Girls is a truly unique, interesting – and heartbreaking book.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes tells the story of the early childhood of President Snow and the origin / evolution of The Hunger Games. Collins does a good job of showing how Snow’s drive to outrun his family’s desparate decline into poverty led him to compete and be ruthless in trying to obtain a scholarship to University. This book is all about conflicting and contrasting feelings and life in the Capitol and the districts.
The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin
For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town’s idyllic facade lies a terrible secret—a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.
This is a classic – must read … and must-watch too. This book title has even become part of popular slang (urban dictionary definition of a Stepford wife). And you will breeze through this small book as it takes a satirical look through Joanna’s reactions to her small town neighborhood with wives too busy doing housework – and the boys only club where the men hang out.
Which science fiction book would you recommend we read this month?