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science fiction

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Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)

by: Michael Crichton
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2006 (1990)
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"Like a lot of science fiction, this book had a well-developed concept and riveting plotline with it's main flaw being shallow and uninteresting characters. Overall a very entertaining read!"
- katelynn
08/23/2014
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Kindred

by: Octavia E. Butler
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 264
Year Published: 1997 (1979)
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"Wow, this 5 star was ... unexpected. It starts off really simple. I was not impressed with the initial setup of characters and the time travel theme. But, boy, does Butler ratchet up the tension and complexity! I ended completely overwhelmed. There's so so much to consider and discuss. She does not back down from any difficult ideas or grey areas. She faces them head on, showing human brokenness and defending dignity."
- katelynn
12/04/2019
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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by: Damian Duffy
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2017
Date Read: 12/07/2019
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

by: Suzanne Collins
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 398
Year Published: 2010
Date Read: 03/16/2012
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1)

by: Douglas Adams
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 306
Year Published: 2002 (1987)
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Cloud Atlas

by: David Mitchell
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 509
Year Published: 2004
Date Read: 03/28/2013
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Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

by: James S.A. Corey
Ave. Rating: 4.35
Pages: 595
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 07/01/2021
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Dark Matter

by: Blake Crouch
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 342
Year Published: 2016
Date Read: 01/19/2019
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The Passage (The Passage, #1)

by: Justin Cronin
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 766
Year Published: 2010
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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)

by: James S.A. Corey
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 561
Year Published: 2011
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"This was everything I had hoped it would be. It was completely immersive with great characters (at least the main two characters were pretty well developed). Getting back on the Roci was like reuniting with old friends!

I definitely think the book is easier to follow if you've seen the show. Especially if you're doing audio."
- katelynn
09/20/2020

Binti (Binti, #1)

by: Nnedi Okorafor
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 96
Year Published: 2015
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Golden Son (Red Rising Saga, #2)

by: Pierce Brown
Ave. Rating: 4.43
Pages: 430
Year Published: 2015
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"The difference in ratings between the first and second book in this series should be more than one star, but I don't want to go back and lower my rating of the first book. This story matures the protagonist and the level of story-telling. It takes the series from just another teen distopia to a complex, fleshed-out epic with so much great detail in world-building, history and philosophy. I was riveted."
- katelynn
10/11/2016

Enchantress from the Stars (Elana, #1)

by: Sylvia Engdahl
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2001 (1970)
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The Martian

by: Andy Weir
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2014 (2011)
Date Read: 07/18/2015
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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

by: Max Brooks
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 286
Year Published: 2020
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Artemis

by: Andy Weir
Ave. Rating: 3.67
Pages: 305
Year Published: 2017
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The Humans

by: Matt Haig
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 285
Year Published: 2013
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Project Hail Mary

by: Andy Weir
Ave. Rating: 4.53
Pages: 476
Year Published: 2021
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"4.5

I don't understand how Andy Weir manages to handle topics that are so dark and so serious with such a light touch. This was so much fun, just like The Martian. I did skim a bit of the more technical portions, but I was here for the touching moments! And what a great ending."
- katelynn
11/24/2021
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

by: Suzanne Collins
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2009
Date Read: 03/01/2012
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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1)

by: Becky Chambers
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 160
Year Published: 2021
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Followers

by: Megan Angelo
Ave. Rating: 3.62
Pages: 380
Year Published: 2020
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The Giver (The Giver, #1)

by: Lois Lowry
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2006 (1993)
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"What the heck just happened? I'm completely reeling from the ending.

This whole book was completely absorbing and wonderful."
- katelynn
10/08/2020
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by: Max Brooks
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 342
Year Published: 2006
Date Read: 02/10/2015
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Recursion

by: Blake Crouch
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2019
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"Good grief. Just like with Dark Matter, this wrinkled my brain and warmed my heart. Also like Dark Matter, it is a perfect movie concept."
- katelynn
06/07/2020
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Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

by: Orson Scott Card
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 324
Year Published: 2004 (1985)
Date Read: 11/18/2007
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After the Flood

by: Kassandra Montag
Ave. Rating: 3.7
Pages: 448
Year Published: 2019
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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (The Carls, #2)

by: Hank Green
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 452
Year Published: 2020
Date Read: 11/29/2020
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

by: Becky Chambers
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 518
Year Published: 2014
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Spoonbenders

by: Daryl Gregory
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 399
Year Published: 2017
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Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

by: Pierce Brown
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2014
Date Read: 09/06/2016
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11/22/63

by: Stephen King
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 849
Year Published: 2011
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1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)

by: Haruki Murakami
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 925
Year Published: 2011 (2009)
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Oona Out of Order

by: Margarita Montimore
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 339
Year Published: 2020
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The Only Harmless Great Thing

by: Brooke Bolander
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 93
Year Published: 2018
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Klara and the Sun

by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2021
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Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga, #1)

by: Peter F. Hamilton
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 768
Year Published: 2005 (2004)
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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

by: Christopher Paolini
Ave. Rating: 3.8
Pages: 878
Year Published: 2020
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Morning Star (Red Rising Saga, #3)

by: Pierce Brown
Ave. Rating: 4.47
Pages: 524
Year Published: 2016
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"Good. Grief. What an amazing end to an epic saga! This book made me laugh and cry, brought me high and low. It felt so real, so genuine - The author portrayed the war, politics, and relationships with such complexity. Nothing was black and white. In the end the best thing about all of the books was the relationships. They were beautifully developed and really inspiring."
- katelynn
11/09/2016
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Time After Time

by: Lisa Grunwald
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2019
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (The Carls, #1)

by: Hank Green
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 343
Year Published: 2018
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"Read on a recommendation from my husband, I came in to the book expecting some variation of the YA sci-fi, futuristic trope. Which I have had enough of. I was pleasantly surprised.

The protagonist was a terrible person (not unusual for YA), but in a way that was relatable and understandable. The story arc was interesting, although it was told from a high-level. Often the narrator gave summaries of what happened over several weeks and months - as if it were a memoir. There was not a lot of character development besides the narrator, but the novel had a lot to do. (1) Develop a complicated sci-fi mystery, (2) grow the narrator through some crazy circumstances and huge character flaws, and (3) expound on some huge, important cultural issues.

The novel dealt with a lot of big issues including handling fame and more importantly (in my opinion) the way that we relate to people with different opinions than us. Hank had so many insightful things to say about the media, political pundits, and how we should form opinions and support them in healthy ways. He described the political world we live in accurately - a world I often find completely hopeless. But he brought it back around and pointed a way forward - maybe an idealistic vision, but it was still inspiring (and not partisan)."
- katelynn
10/13/2018

The Power

by: Naomi Alderman
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 341
Year Published: 2017 (2016)
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

by: Suzanne Collins
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2008
Date Read: 02/12/2012
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The Twenty Days of Turin

by: Giorgio De Maria
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2017 (1977)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

by: Douglas Adams
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 216
Year Published: 2005 (1979)
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The City We Became (Great Cities #1)

by: N.K. Jemisin
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 437
Year Published: 2020
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The Echo Wife

by: Sarah Gailey
Ave. Rating: 3.67
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2021
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