Summer 2015 Fiction Picks: Top 5 Sci-Fi Titles to Check Out Now
The scorching heat and a mind-numbing staycation can always become fun with science mumbo-jumbo involved. For the love of science and stories, take a trip down the sci-fi lane and make the most out of the dog days of summer with a good book and a futuristic getaway with these five titles.
1. "A Cure for Suicide" by Jesse Ball
Huffington Post compares this dystopian novel to "Eternal Sunshine with a Spotless Mind," a Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet-starrer released in 2004. With a hint of everything - from romance to trauma to betrayal, this story is a rollercoaster in itself.
The book implicates the government, who has the technology and the guts to wipe out people's memories and build them up once again through a thorough treatment. In this book, Ball delves into how memories, both good and bad, can shape an individual.
2. "Find Me" by Laura van den Berg
According to Blastr, this novel was the most anticipated release this year for one reason - its unnerving bizarreness. The story centers on a young woman named Joy, who finds herself insusceptible to an outbreak that makes every person on the face of the earth forget who they are.
Ironically, Joy finds this as the perfect opportunity to discover her identity by seeking answers as to why her mother abandoned her as a child. In her journey to make herself whole, she meets the quirkiest characters in the most unsettling setting.
3. "The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro
While on the subject of oblivion, Ishiguro's masterpiece, which tackles the same premise (this time, dragons are involved) is not one to overlook. A string of Arthurian villages were cursed by the breath of an aging dragon, causing its dwellers to reset their memories.
To regain their lost history, an old couple embarks on an extraordinary journey, chancing upon gallant knights, furious dogs and an overly enigmatic boatman, who takes it upon himself to bring sick and dying people in a sleepy nearby island.
4. "Unbreakable" by W.C. Bauers
According to Geekritiqued, flipping through the sci-fi masterwork is "extraordinary." Planet Montana's place in the universe allowed it to become both independent and susceptible to war. It enjoyed the former for a quite a while until an intergalactic warfare breaks out.
With two contending empires sandwiching the remote world and pirates close to overrunning it, Republic of Aligned Worlds (RAW) steps in to destabilize the situation, with the mission's success banking on Promise Paen, who isn't very keen on reverting to undertakings that got her father killed.
5. "Golden Son" by Pierce Brown
The book is a sequel to Brown's sci-fi hit, "Red Rising." In this tome, the fate of humanity lies in the hands of a miner on the interior of Mars named Darrow. With the Earth almost deemed inhabitable, he makes it his mission to transform Mars into mankind's new home.