3 Science-Fiction Books for Children

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Are you a science-fiction lover? Want to share your love of science-fiction with your children? Perhaps read a bed-time story or give your child their first book? If you don’t know where to start, the following list is my top 3 best science-fiction books for children.

and 3. The White Mountains and The City of Gold and Lead (Tripods Books 1 and 2)

The first book is about a boy named Will who is about to turn thirteen. Once thirteen, he is expected to become connected to the Tripods, the large machines that rule over Earth. However, Will decides to break free of their rule with his new-found friend Beanpole, and they must escape to the White Mountains, were it is rumored that people live free there.

The point of view is the thoughts and actions of Will. In the second book, Will returns to Tripod city, where he learns of the Tripods terrible secrets. The books are fast paced, and are perfect for YA readers.

Citizen of the Galaxy

This book does not, unlike the others, take place in the Milky Way. Instead, it takes place in a distant galaxy, where slavery is still a common practice. Thorby is an orphaned boy who is sold at auction. However, he is sold to Baslim, an abolitionist spy.

The book is told through third person, looking mostly at Thorby’s thoughts and actions. This is another Heinlein book and is a good read for children.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This is a classic novel by Jules Verne which everyone should read once in their lifetime. It tells the tale of Captain memo and his submarine crew, as they travel around the world, under the sea.
This book is recommended for eight to twelve year olds, and is two-hundred and twelve pages. Jules Verne has written other great books such as Around the World in Eighty Days, and A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)

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Justin Cronin’s The Passage is a captivating vampire tale in a post-apocalyptic setting. Driven by a young heroine, the plot’s twists and turns keeps you guessing and turning pages as fast as you can. Cronin weaves a mesmerizing tale with horrific monsters and non-stop action that makes your heart race and enough realism to make you think it just could happen. The result is a thriller that’s unnerving, terrifying, and entertaining.

Station Eleven

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This is the fourth novel by Canadian writer Emily St John Mandel. In it she uses her uniquely calm style of prose to draw engaging, interesting characters and skillfully weaves the story back and forth between the pre-flu years and the present horrible world 20 years after the flu. There is pain, fear, despair, and hope in the isolated communities that have survived the pandemic. There’s also the uplifting Arthur Leander. It’s a world worth visiting.


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This novel by Veronica Roth is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which Englies write of dystopian futures where vampires dwell while slave-like Fans create blogs and podcasts. The book’s brisk pacing, imaginative writing, and effective use of its young narrator, Tris, draws the reader in. The rich plot, imaginative details, and breathtaking feats of bravery attempted by the adolescent Tris as she navigates terrible things with disquieting ease make this coming-of-age drama a timeless classic.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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World War Z is a serious novel. In it Max Brooks’ characters describe eking out an existence in a world destroyed by war, ravaged by disease, and roamed by zombies. It begins in rural China and threatens to wipe out all of humanity. The story is set 10 years after the war and told to a globe hopping interviewer visiting pockets of survivors trying to stop the disease that transforms humans into zombies. Told in short episodes that build to create a moving picture of man’s will to live, World War Z’s enjoyable storytelling is addictive.

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, book 1) by James Corey

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In this first of a planned trilogy, humanity has explored and colonized as far as Neptune. The first primary character in the story is Jim Holden, who works in an ice-hauler ship between planets. While on a routine mission, his captain orders the crew of his exploratory ship to investigate a report of an abandoned ship. In the meantime, a huge warship attacks and destroys the main ship starting an interplanetary war and altering the lives of Holden and his crew of survivors forever.

5 Must-Read Dystopian Novels That Are Set In A Futuristic World

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Dystopian Science Fiction Books all share one central element that places them in this genre and that is that they are all set in a society in which things have gone terribly wrong. At the heart of this there is typically a grand plan for moral or social improvement that has resulted in a darker type of fiction. While it can be dark, this genre is one of my favorites to read. The backdrop of a grim social atmosphere creates a foil for the heroes of the novels and as the characters emerge it is as though they are painting color into the black and white background with their unfolding humanity. Here are some of my top picks for jumping into the world of the dystopian science fiction books.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has received much deserved critical acclaim and is the first book in a trilogy that has been made into major motion pictures. The success of this novel is based on the immediacy of the writing. The reader is immediately drawn into the world of the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and thrown into her life in District 12. The future world that Katniss lives in (Panem), is divided into twelve districts, all of which are ruled by The Capitol . The Hunger Games are an annual gladiator-like tournament in which a pair of “tributes” from each district all battle to the death.

In The Giver, Lois Lowry’s first novel in her Giver quartet, the main character Jonas lives what seems to be a perfect existence. There is not war, disease, or suffering. As the novel progresses it becomes clear that rather than the utopian ideal that is presented, it is a dystopian society of the highest degree. Because of his intelligence Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory in this society. When he receives the memories he experiences all that they hold, from love to pain, hot, and even color. Once he discovers this he feels that life is empty without these things and he goes on a dangerous journey.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a masterpiece of 20th century fiction and a fine example of a Dystopian Science Fiction Book. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman of the future. His job is not to put out fires but rather to burn books. In his world, the world of the future, censorship prevails, propaganda is poured into the minds of the people through their televisions, and books and literature are headed for extinction. This frightening classic is a must read.

1984 by George Orwell warns against a future totalitarian world that is ruled by warring police states. Winston Smith, the main character, longs for the truth ans secretly rebels against the government. He is arrested and reeducated by the “Thought Police” to break him of his independent thought.

Katniss Everdeen is back in Mockingjay, the third book of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy. This book wraps up the trilogy but not neatly and not before taking you on an emotional roller coaster as it follows Katniss after her second Hunger Games victory. Though she has survived the games twice she still isn’t safe and neither is anyone in the districts. This books chronicles the rebellion of the districts against the capitol and the role that Katniss plays in it.

On Basalisk Station by David Webber Reviews

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The main protagonist, Honor Harrington, is appointed the commander of a star ship commissioned to the most controversial post in the galaxy, Basilisk Station. What makes it worse is that her crew immediately hates her because they see it as all her fault. When they reach their post Harrington has more than her hands full keeping order and the book details that panoramic struggle to perfection. Join her in the chaotic mess of her life.

Best Hard Science Fiction Book Recommendation: Altered Carbon By Richard K. Morgan

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altered-carbonAltered Carbon is a novel set 500 years later in a galactic age when humans occupy a number of extra-solar planets. The scene is a “dyspotian” world rife with human beings who strive for a never-ending cycle of life. As such, there are also a number of individuals who stick to their faith yearning for an after-life instead of striving for a limitless age.

The main character of the novel, is Takeshi Kovacs, who has dual personality, which not only has sympathetic tone towards other humans but also possess the tendency to indulge in criminal activities.

In reality, Takeshi Kovacs was an elite soldier of the United Nations who was set on difficult and challenging mission by the UN to resolve active conflicts between major factions and sects. Incidentally, Kovacs got involved in criminal activity and is sentenced to a 100 year punishment before being resurrected by a powerful individual to undertake a critical mission before Kovac’s punishment is over.

To fully understand the theme of the novel, readers must understand how humans are able to lead an infinite life 500 years in the future and why would many chose not to spend an infinite life. According to the theme, most humans have cortical stacks in their spinal cords, which can be programmed to remember every experience, emotion and thought in a life. As a result, if cortical stacks are saved, it can regenerate an exact copy of the human who has died. The process of resurrection is called “sleeving” where preserved cortical stack of a dead person is sleeved into a new body. However, not everyone chooses to undergo such transformation because humans go through a full ageing process, which was not acceptable to many individuals as the regeneration process involved numerous challenges including a new human body. Still, there were also a number of people of “Catholic” faith who would prefer not to live due to the belief that their souls go to heaven, instead. Yet, there are also people called “Meths” who are able to live infinite life by acquiring replacement bodies and saving their cortical stacks in remote locations to preserve stacks from permanent damage.

Regarding the main character, Takeshi Kovac is an elite soldier serving 100-year sentence for his criminal past. Yet, he is able to resurrect his life as one of the “super rich” individuals, Laurens Bancroft who uses his power to hire Kovac as a private investigator to resolve the mystery of his own murder in the prior life. Yet, the only reason why Laurens Bancroft could not remember the cause of the murder is a 48 hour back-up schedule of the stack preventing him to remember how he died. As per the story, the police declared Bancroft’s death as suicide; however, Bancroft is convinced that there was no apparent reason why he would commit suicide in his past life. Hence, Bancroft firmly believes that he was murdered. It is Takeshi Kovac’s job to find out if Bancroft was murdered and the motive behind the murder.

Initial events in Kovac’s investigation help confirm the theory that Lauren Bancroft was indeed murdered. The events at the Al-Hendrix Hotel, were enough to corroborate theory of murder. Subsequent events also lead to a twisty plot of corruption, crime, savagery and sex, where Kovac has to utilize all his will-power and intelligence to overcome efforts to subdue him. In fact, Kovac soon finds out that the murder mystery is more intricate than anything he had experienced in his life. Facing torture, deceit and a whimsical world, Kovac finds himself teamed up with friends who are even more difficult to trust.

Overall, the novel is full of twists and sci-fi action. Perhaps, what makes “Altered Carbon” unique is the ability of its author, Richard Morgan to instill humor. Besides, the plot is also full of intrigue, hidden agendas and sex. The entire story is revealed in subsequent sequences and controlled writing where readers have the chance to understand complex terminology before proceeding to confront new twists in the plot. Reading through the passage, it also becomes clear that the author is intent to highlight the growing tension between the old and the rich class. Accordingly, the novel continues to provide reasons for a dyspotian world where the society is in the state of limbo over ethical and social issues.

Despite the extremely descriptive nature of the novel, there are a number of passages requiring additional explanation to contemplate different theories presented by the author. Despite the shortcoming, it is evident that Morgan has done a wonderful job of describing each character. The vivid description of each character, such as Takeshi Kovacs, is refined because it is difficult to describe a character that undergoes so many emotions. For instance, Takeshi is portrayed as brutally violent yet someone who is compassionate and honorable.

For Takeshi Kovacs, the investigation proves challenging as the murder mystery continues to reveal a dangerous plot that could not only end his life but also makes him vulnerable to lose his cortical stack, forever. In fact, the overall plan is so devious that it can be recounted as “diabolical” even in the world where death means little to many. In the end, unanswered questions makes the novel suited for a sequel that would keep readers engrossed in subsequent hard science fiction books involving Takeshi Kovacs. Overall, Altered Carbon is one of the best written science fiction novels in recent years.