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Holiday 2017 Blair Best Books - Science Fiction

"We destroyed the world, NOW what?" Here are my favorite space adventures that I read this year.

Artemis by Andy Weir

“Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.” Jazz is a smart, savvy young woman struggling to pay back her debts, often on the wrong side of the law. When she is given the chance commit the perfect crime she is all in. And of course? Disaster ensues. Hilarious and action-packed. Just what you would expect from the author of The Martian.
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For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)

A sci-fi retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. After a genetic experiment almost destroys mankind, a group of technology deniers (the Luddites) try to bring back society. The class system is rigid and survival is hard-won. But Elliot is determined to bring her father’s estate back to its original productivity. Even if it means losing everything and everyone that she loves.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

In Farway’s world, there are professional time travelers who study and record the past in order to learn from it. Farway wants nothing more than to follow in his mother’s time-traveling footsteps, but is not allowed to work for the government as he was born “outside of time.” Working on the wrong side of the law is the only way that he is able to captain a ship through time, a job that he is meant to do. But working on the wrong side of the law, and of time, can catch up to you…

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

The alien invasion of the vuvv enriches a few humans, but most are left without healthcare, food, or jobs that pay enough to sustain their families. Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, make a vlog of their relationship to entertain the vuvv and create income. But when they are no longer able to fake their romance for the cameras they know they risk losing everything for themselves and their families.
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Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

When the city is overrun by corruption and chaos, a few heroes with superpowers step in to make things right. They are The Renegades. But not everyone believes that they have the future’s best interest at heart. Nova thinks that they need to be stopped. But is she willing to sacrifice everything in order to make that happen?
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Ringer (Replica, #2) by Lauren Oliver

Continuing the dual story from Replica, here are the further adventures of Gemma and Lyra as they fight the evil Haven Institute. At the end of the first book it seems as though everyone is safe and happy, but where the Haven Institute is involved, that is not possible. Gemma and Lyra must, once again, join forces to fight back. I love that you can read in alternating chapters or all from one perspective at a time. Like two books in one!
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Satellite by Nick Lake

Leo was born and lived his entire life on a space station. All he has ever wanted was to leave Moon 2 to come to Earth. But now that the day has arrived, it looks as though living on Earth is not what he expected...or needed. Only Nick Lake could combine the existential quandary of what it means to be human with pulse-pounding action adventure. One of the best I read all year.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

How would you spend your last day on earth? Would you want advance notice? Death Cast calls you and informs you that this is the day you will die.. After Mateo gets the call, he has to decide whether he will spend the day alone or find a companion through the Last Friend app. The true meaning of friendship, family and love is all explored on this last day for both Mateo and his Last Friend Rufus.
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This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada

A plague has taken over. A virus that causes its sufferers to explode in a cloud of blood. The only way to prevent the virus from infecting you is to eat someone who is in the first stages of illness. Are you in? This is the story of Cat, the daughter of famed geneticist Dr. Lachlan Agatta, who must find a way to help find a vaccine to stop the plague. But she has been kidnapped by a soldier of the evil Cartaxus, a corporation her father told her to never trust. But what if they are the only ones who can help her?
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Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu

A combination of Hunger Games and Ready Player One and Wall-E, this is the story of virtual reality prodigy, Emika Chen who breaks into the world championship of Warcross only to become embroiled in a hostile takedown of the game, that has repercussions far beyond virtual reality. The twists and turns of this story make it impossible to put down.
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