The new year always gets me excited for the new science fiction books on the horizon. After December 31 is in the bag, it’s time to start circulating the Tuesday new release dates. You know I’m a sci-fi junkie. Here are my top young adult science fiction picks for 2017.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (January 17, 2017)
You are probably already anxiously awaiting, Carve the Mark, the first novel in Veronica Roth’s electric new YA science fiction series. I pre-ordered this the minute I saw the cover because… that cover! In this new series from Divergent author Veronica Roth, everyone develops special gifts that help advance the future in a far and distant galaxy. Cyra, of the Shotet people, lives in a harsh nation ruled by a tyrant. Akos lives in the peaceful land of the Thuve. Each of these teens is highly sensitive and susceptible to others’ control. When Cyra and Akos are pitted against each other, will they be able to help their warring nations come together? Or will the tensions between their people be too much to overcome—even by love? (Do you have chills? I have!)
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (January 31, 2017)
In case you can’t get enough of the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer is definitely keeping her worldwide phenomenon science fiction series alive with spinoffs like Wires and Nerve, a graphic novel about Iko, the lovable android from the books. This graphic novel is a delightfully new way to experience Meyer’s world, in full color from illustrator Douglas Holgate. Romance, adventure, suspense… it’s all here as we witness Iko trying to save Earth and Luna from dissolving into total chaos and war. A nice way to spend a snowy day, Wires and Nerve is a fun, thrilling read.
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (April 4, 2017)
In the suspenseful new series from author Claudia Gray, teen soldier Noemi Vidal is one of many of her people to try to fight Earth’s android army. A surprise attack sets Noemi’s mission off track as she seeks solace in an abandoned ship. There she meets the most advanced tech prototype she’s ever encountered, Abel. Abel should be her mortal enemy, but for some reason he falls under her control, and Noemi increasingly falls under his spell… A forbidden romance, a rebellion to overthrow a predatory enemy, and some of the most intriguing worldbuilding I’ve ever seen. I am definitely marking April 4th as a clear-your-schedule reading party.
Starfall (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers (February 7, 2017)
If you’re like me and you adored Melissa Landers sci-fi debut, Starflight, you are probably super excited for February 7, 2017, when the follow-up, Starfall is released. The sequel picks up where Starflight left off, with Princess Cassia Rose fleeing her home planet of Eturia to escape an unbearable arranged marriage. Cassia definitely didn’t expect that her departure would launch a world into war. After two years hiding as a worker on a ship, Cassia is ready to come home, but it doesn’t happen quite as she planned. Dragged back against her will, Cassia faces the consequences of her stunt. Only the promise of Kane, her best friend (with benefits…), pulls her through, that and a fighting spirit that could launch a revolution. It’s space opera at it’s finest, and I can’t wait to dig in to one of the most promising YA science fiction novels of 2017.
Girl of Fire by Norma Hinkens (January 10, 2017)
Okay, a little self promotion… but my latest novel, Girl of Fire, the first in a brand new series, launched today and is already a bestseller on Amazon! Follow the riveting adventures of Trattora, the adopted daughter of the Chieftain on a primitive frontier planet, and Velkan, an indentured serf who has never known a day of freedom. When Trattora and Velkan are forced to flee an invasion by Galactic Pirates, they find themselves thrown together on a ramshackle mining vessel that harbors more than one dark secret. Fate and chemistry combine when the pair’s matching birth bracelets lead them to a shocking discovery about their true lineage. When they uncover the classified Expulsion Project, and the devastating sacrifice their birth families made to spare their lives, Trattora and Velkan must face hard questions about their origins… and the future of their world. Determined to save their families from liquidation, Trattora and Velkan plunge headlong into a race against time and space to take down the genocidal self-actualizing software that now controls large swathes of their home planet.
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