(I had to do sci-fi/dystopian because that is how little science fiction I read. I’m working on correcting that though so give me a break!)
1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
A rebellion is rising on colonized Mars. I mean do I really need to say more? Oh, I do? Stop being lazy and go look it up!
2. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
This is considered a YA but I don’t care! It would go on my favorite YA novels of all time if that’s the case. This is set 15 years after the zombie apocalypse, with the main character living in a small, chained off town with his older brother. The town hires mercenaries to savage the land for things they need, but the mercenaries have been up to no good. The town tries to ignore it but the mercenaries begin turning on some of the town members. There is rumor that they are dragging children off to some place called, “Gameland.”
3. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Also set after zombies take over the planet, 15 year old Temple wanders the United States alone. She comes across small pockets of humanity but you never know if they’ll be kind or dangerous. But Temple is dangerous too. She doesn’t survive on her own by being gentle. (There is NO punctuation in this book. It takes some getting used but then adds a unique flavor to it.)
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I really don’t need to describe this one do I?
5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Character driven space opera. Never have I been more interested in relationships in space.