I am not shy about shouting out my love of Emma Newman’s Planetfall -- it is easily one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I have been looking forward to reading After Atlas ever since I finished up Planetfall, but I just hadn’t found the time until this summer. After Atlas is not a direct sequel to Planetfall, rather it is a companion novel set in the same universe, but it did not disappoint.
July was a crazy month for me. Not only was I incredibly busy with starting a new job, coming back from holiday, going on holiday again, and then going to YALC, but I also acquired and read so many books! I’m not going to break these down like I usually do becuase this post will be impossibly long if I do, so feel free to chat with me in the comments!
I won’t lie, I was initially interested in Adrift because of the exceptional cover. I'm really happy to have stumbled upon this book (and its beautiful cover) because it was exactly what I needed. I’ve been craving good thrillers recently, and this sci-fi thriller was the perfect summer page turner.
You all know I love a good heist novel, and while I’ve read a fair few fantasy heist books, I don’t think I’ve ever found a science fiction book that fits in this category. You can only imagine how excited I was to hear about Shattermoon.
Caraval was one of the biggest releases of 2017. It was the book everyone was talking about for months! Fully caught up in the hype surrounding that book, I read Caraval and was actually pretty disappointed -- I even listed it as one of my most disappointing books of 2017. However, I fully acknowledge that the hype was probably the contributing factor to my unenjoyment. When Legendary was released, I was determined to read it early and beat the hype.
It’s time for another set of flash reviews! Today, I’m focusing on nonfiction science, specifically books about space. Now you may know that I’m completely obsessed with space. If I had the right kind of brain, I would have been an astronomer. However, I’m more of a reader than a scientist, so instead of studying the stars I read science fiction and books by authors like Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
When I requested a copy of Planetfall, I assumed I was going to get a standard ‘humans colonize a planet, things go wrong’ science fiction book -- which is great, don't get me wrong. However, Planetfall turned out to be one of the most unexpected, brilliant, and compelling sci-fi books I’ve ever read.