May 24, 2016 - Book News    2 Comments

Darth Vader’s Guide to Space Books

Okay so Darth actually has nothing to do with this, but I finally watched The Force Awakens last week, and now I’m really keen on books involving space awesomeness. So here are 10 books in no particular order involving the final frontier.

Time Salvager by Wes Chu

Oh boy did I love this book.
Snarky main character, accessible science, fantastic world building, brilliant story telling – this one had me up until the wee hours because I just couldn’t put it down.

Find it on goodreads.

The Martian by Andy Weir


I haven’t actually read this one yet (I have issues with movie tie-in covers), but like most people, I have seen the movie and between that and the quotes I’ve seen posted from the book itself, I really really need to do something about that. It has a fantastic plot/concept, and it’s funny. I need more funny in my life.

Find it on goodreads.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Speaking of funny! It’s not a list involving space without the best book in the galaxy! I confess I enjoy the radio transcripts just a bit more than the novels, some of the directions had me laughing so much I thought I was going to injure myself. But whatever format you choose, it’s hard to deny that these are fantastic books.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


This series has only shown up on my radar relatively recently, but it is definitely contributing to the monstrous size of my TBR pile.  Space love! Conspiracy theory? Stunning cover! We need to read this.

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Way Down Dark by James Smythe


Apparently I never got around to reviewing this one, which is quite disappointing. It is such a fantastic book! Chan is amazingly bad ass, and I am so very glad I’m not going to run into her in a dark alley. Throw in a fascinating social structure, gripping mystery and a spaceship named Australia and you have the beginning of an amazingly, brutally delightful series.

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The 100 by Kass Morgan


This one has been sitting on my kindle for a while (oops) but I have seen the tv show, and it’s amazing. The characters are beautifully flawed and the plot is fascinating. While most of the story takes place back on Earth, it starts in space and that’s close enough for me!

Find it on goodreads.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown


This one is also sitting in my TBR pile. I did try the audiobook earlier this year, and was put off by the narrator. One day I’ll get back to it, as I hear nothing by good things about the whole series!

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


This is actually my number one, favourite book in the galaxay. No question about it. It is such a beautiful story, and I learn something new each time I read it. If you haven’t read it yet, skip the rest of this post and pick it up. And then come back and gush about it with me.

Find it on goodreads.

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi


I have wanted to read this ever since reading his Collected Fiction. He has such a brilliant and accessible writing style, without dumbing any of the science down and I’m sure this series will be just as brilliant as his short stories.

Find it on goodreads.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


I loved this book a very large amount. Not just because the story was brilliant, but because of the format. Told through a collection of documents, chat and video transcripts and reports, it is such a unique way of telling a story, and it is a testament to both authors skills that the story was just as complete and enthralling as if it had been told in the more usual prose format. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should (and I recommend getting the hardback for ease of reading, this book is huge).

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 There we have it. 10 books on my spacedar – which ones are on yours?




  • Cool! Checking out Wesley Chu’s book ASAP 🙂

    • Yes! Definitely do that! It was so good. The second one is out in a couple of months, too.

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