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Today we are evaluating all of the freaky sci-fi novels that I’ve found on the wonderful Goodreads! These novels are are kind of outside of my usual science fiction genre-picks, but I figured I’d extend my usual bounds!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy, read on~
1. Beta (Aneex #1) by Rachel Cohn
Published: October 16th 2012
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction > Dystopia; Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.55 / 5
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.
Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island’s workers-soulless clones like Elysia-are immune to.
At first, Elysia’s life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island’s flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent among Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care-so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia’s mind?
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.
2. The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
Published: February 1st 2012
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction > Dystopia; Horror > Zombies; Apcoalyptic > Post Apocalyptic; Horror; Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.67 / 5
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world.
Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation…and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.
When Sherry’s dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua – an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.
But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?
3. Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Published: October 2nd 2012
Genre: Science Fiction > Dystopia; Young Adult; Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.70 / 5
The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.
Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.
4. WWWE: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Published: April 7th 2009
Genre: Science Fiction; Fiction; Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 3.81/ 5
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.
5. Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Published: October 16th 2012
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Science Fiction > Dystopia; Science Fiction; Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.73 / 5
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they’ll come for her.
6. Origin (Corpus #1) by Jessica Khoury
Published: September 4th 2012
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Romance; Science Fiction > Dystopia
Goodreads Rating: 3.89 / 5
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.
7. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: Martin’s Press
Published: August 7th 2012
Genre: Science Fiction > Dystopia; Young Adult; Science Fiction; Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.73 / 5
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
Thank you all so much for reading, it was such an odd one to read through and find. Let me be honest here, this took me quite a while to gather because these novels are kind of wacky, it was hard to find similiar but not as similiar novels- if that makes any sense.
I feel like my favourite out of these would definitely be Breathe or Origin, as they’re not something I’ve read before. They’re different and original.
Anyway, as usual if you found any novels you liked or disliked, tell me down below. If not there, you can go to my Twitter or Instagram, which is down below too!
See you next time, my bookish nerds x