Top Ten Tuesday: Futuristic Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is top historical settings or top futuristic books. I chose the latter.  Most of the books on my list don’t explicitly state that they take place in the future, but I usually consider dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and zombie books to be futuristic.

 

Futurist Books I’ve Enjoyed:

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland — known as The Death Shop — are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild — a savage — and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

 

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

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Futuristic Books on my owned TBR:

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After the End by Amy Plum
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

 

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Legend by Marie Lu
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

 

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Reboot by Amy Tintera

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Did you choose historical or futuristic books for TTT today? Have you read any of these books? 

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Futuristic Books

  1. Ahhhh Illuminae 😍😍😍😍😍 in so in love with that book, which I went into with literally no expectations (before it was all anyone was talking about) and was so amazed. And Cinder, of course, is wonderful. I’m just finishing the last few chapters in Winter, and I’m going to her author talk tomorrow! I have yet to read Ready Player One, but this list reminded me that I want to read it soon!!

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    • I pre-ordered it because of all the hype but managed to stay away from all reviews and went into it completely blind. I need to do that more often with books because that made my reading experience so much more fun!
      I’m so behind on TLC. I finally moved Cress to my “read asap” pile so it’ll be one of my next reads unless my mood changes. Have fun at the author talk!
      Ready Player One is one of my favorite books EVER!! The movie is being released in 2017 so that should motivate you to read it even more 🙂

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      • YES I absolutely agree- going in blind makes everything better. I especially avoid goodreads reviews until after I read it, but I sometimes check out reviews by bloggersi I trust.

        Ahh I hope you enjoy Cress and Winter and everything!

        Ooooh, yes that does motivate me more!! It would count for the 6 squared challenge too 😉 haha

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  2. Love the way you created your list today. I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles – Winter was a tad bit disappointing but I still adore the series as a whole. Really love The Hunger Games, as well – I have to admit, I’m a bit sad there won’t be any more movies. I kinda liked that for years now, every november there was that one movie I could not wait for. 😀 Illuminae, Under the Never Sky and Shatter Me are on my tbr, so I’m super glad you loved them! From your to-read list, I’ve only read The Darkest Minds and it was SO GOOD. Can’t wait to continue the series. Many of those are on my tbr, as well, but I’m not going to bore you with the details. 😀
    My TTT
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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  3. I need to get my stuff together and read more futuristic books. I’ve read a few (Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, Cinder, Zodiac, and Delirium), but I feel like there are so many more that I could read!

    I think I’m going to start Shatter Me today. The Goodreads group I mod for chose the series as our Series Read, so I figure there’s no better time than today. 🙂

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    • I didn’t realize how many I’ve actually read until I started writing this post. I’m not a huge fan of the Shatter Me trilogy as a whole, but the first book is really great and they’re all super fast reads!

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