Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. I love books set in the future, even when that future is totally depressing. Here’s a mix of my favorite sci-fi and dystopian reads that take place in a futuristic setting.
1. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card. My favorite sci-fi novel ever.
2. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness. So it’s never explicitly mentioned that the planet was settled because Earth had to be abandoned in the future, but that’s how I read it. Regardless, this trilogy is amazing.
3. The Passage, Justin Cronin. This one starts in the near future and spans a century. Hands down the best apocalyptic/vampire novel I’ve ever read.
4. For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund. I can’t wait for the companion novel!
5. Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi. One of the most harrowing visions for Earth that I’ve read.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. Very few books make me actually laugh out loud, but this series did for sure.
7. Divergent, Veronica Roth. Maybe it’s not the most realistic futuristic society, but I can’t get enough of this series.
8. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. I could honestly see this happening, and that’s what makes it so terrifying.
9. The Giver, Lois Lowry. The quintessential dystopian. Fingers crossed they don’t ruin my childhood with the movie.
10. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells. I haven’t read a book by Wells that I didn’t like. He’s a sci-fi master.