My favourite books set in space!

28th May 2016
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My Favourite Books Set in Space
My Favourite Books Set in Space

My all time favourite genre of books, TV and Movies; is Science Fiction set in Space.

Why you ask? Because I am fascinated with space. How could you not be? Space is the big unknown, we don’t know what is out there, if there are any other life forms out there, how big it is, or how it was formed. Space is a huge mystery, and I love that.

Stars, planets, red and white dwarfs, dark matter, black holes, planets made up of dense gas, planets so cold they’re ice. It’s so fascinating, when I hear about a new book set in space I get so excited!

When I was a little girl, my dad and I would sit outside and watch the stars. We would turn off all of the lights in the house and watch for shooting stars in the dark – when we saw some I would get so excited. My uncle bought me a telescope so my dad and I would try and find stars in the telescope, it wasn’t a very good telescope but as a kid that didn’t matter and my dad played along – I’m sure he just loved entertaining my excitement.

Ever since I’ve been fascinated with space, so much so that in uni I took an astronomy physics paper just to learn more about the physics of space. Least to say it wasn’t my strongest paper but I found it so interesting.

My favourite books set in space:

Across the Universe by Beth RevisTundra 37 by Aubrie DionneStarflight by Melissa Landers

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I loved this book because it was set on a spaceship, and the main character was put in a cryogenic sleep but was mysteriously woken up too early before she was required to. Now she had to live on this spaceship with these strange people, a weird non-efficient political system, and she wouldn’t see her parents again for another 50 years, that was even if she lived that much longer. Mystery, a spaceship, romance and that cover.

Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne

This book was a surprise for me, I read the first book in the series and didn’t enjoy it much. This one however really intrigued me. The romance was entertaining to read and the dangers in the book made it a page turner.

Starflight by Melissa Landers

I was so excited when I heard about Starflight, because it’s teenagers on a spaceship! I thought I wouldn’t be able to connect with the main character, but boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed this for the space, the romance, the fighting and the twists and turns.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan SpoonerThe Martian by Andy WeirIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This whole series wasย amazing, I loved it so much! The first book reminded me of ย Titanic when the Titanic sunk, however the story was nothing like Titanic. There are whispers, a planet with no human life form living on it, a crashed spaceship, and no way home. The second book was even better, and then the third? Finally tied everything together and it was just amazing.

The Martian by Andy Weir

This book. Wow, I know a lot of people didn’t like it, I was not one of those people. The Martianย was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. He’s on Mars by himself! Is he going to die? Is he going to make it? How is he going to survive?! The way Mark Watney calculated everything in his head was so intense and I loved it. I have only recently seen this movie and oh, my, god, it was just as amazing as the book! I had to compare the both.

Illuminae By Amie Kaufman &ย Jay Kristoff

Illuminae is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. I feel like you can only read this in physical format because of the way it’s set out. The mission reports, the computer messenger conversations, the redacted files – It was so different but so entertaining at the same time. Being told a story without actually reading it from the characters perspectives looks damn hard, but Kaufman and Kristoff pulled this shit off well!


Do you like books set in space? If so do you have any recommendations? What’s your favourite genre to read? What genre gets you excited?

Always,
Jordon

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39 responses to “My favourite books set in space!

    • Omg me too! I love hearing what new things NASA has discovered! I feel like I should have been born in the future where space travel could be possible. It’s so interesting and so cool.
      Well you definitely need to read them, they’e all fun or great reads.
      Illuminae was such an amazing book! I wasn’t too sure on the way it was formatted at first because I thought I wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters and that they would feel like they were on the other side of a glass wall. But I was wrong. And I loved it so much. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!
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      • Ahh yes, same!! I actually even watched a livestreaming of this space walk NASA did ? Space kinda terrifies me too though in like a “this is so overwhelming and amazing and I can’t believe it exists” way haha.

        I was really intrigued by the formatting, but I thought the same thing would happen but it didn’t! It’s amazing how invested you got with the story even though it was told through various documents. The characters even had amazing character development it was so great!

  1. I LOVE books set in space – I’m a total space geek so that definitely adds to a story for me. My favourite is The Martian, because it was so unexpectedly hilarious. I also really like Cress by Marissa Meyer (which, I guess, is not set in space, but is still sci fi so it counts? Maybe?).
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  2. I’m also fascinated by space, but I don’t think I would volunteer to get there, because it’s also quite scary. I’ve read and loved many books you mentioned, like Across the Universe, Starflight, the Starbound trilogy and Illuminae. I’m absolutely dying to get my hands on Gemina, October seems so far away! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  3. Space is fascinating! Why don’t we have spaceports and flying cars lol? We should have this stuff by now… I just love all the possibilities in sci fi. Illuminae was great and I’m excited about Gemina because space station! And I never read across the Universe because I thought it was more of a romance but I love the idea of cryogenic sleep and generation ships and stuff like that. I may have to try those…
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    • Haha having space ports and flying cars would be freaking EPIC. I want space ships and space travel to be a thing. I want a new sci fi tv show set in space! I used to love Stargate: Universe, simply because it was set on a spaceship heading for the outer reaches of the universe that NO ONE HAS BEEN BEFORE. It was soooo cool! But season 2 kind of bombed because not a lot happened, so it was cancelled. I was so upset, so much potential, not enough audience to continue.

      I am so freaking excited for Gemina. Illuminae was amazing. Gemina sounds cool and I love that it is based on two new characters but intertwined with Katy and Exra’s story. I just can’t imagine how Gemina will be set out, like will it be in the same format as Illuminae? October is too far away. I want it now.

      Across the Universe is a bit of a romance, however I feel like it’s more of a mystery than a romance. There’s also a bit of a political feel. I really enjoyed the series.
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      • I’ve never seen Stargate: Universe although I LOVE the concept. I think Netflix has it and I may have to try… I like the idea of exploring the far reaches of galaxies but you don’t see much of that , you know? Have you tried Dark Matter? It’s a show set in space and S2 starts in July- about six people who wake up on a starship and have no idea who they are. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good show.
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        • I definitely recommend checking Stargate: Universe out, even though season two wasn’t the greatest, it’s still really cool!

          I have tried Dark Matter, I really like it. I watched all of it in a weekend haha. I wished there were more episodes! Have you watched Killjoys? It’s not exactly space but it’s an entertaining sci fi!
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          • I have not seen Killjoys! I’ve been curious though since it airs on SyFy here, same as Dark Matter. I’ll have to try it, I think it got a second season too? I’m pretty excited about Dark Matter S2. ๐Ÿ™‚

            I’ll give Stargate: Universe a try. There was a Stargate: Atlantis too but I’m not sure if that one’s also set in space?
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  4. I really enjoyed this post and am a real sci fi fan – and I only know one of those books! I’ll have to add the others to my TBR pile:). Thank you for the new reads.

  5. Loved this post! I love, love, love reading books set in space (and watching tv shows/films set in space too) and Illuminae has been one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. I’ve not read any of the others on your list, so I’m definitely going to have to give them a go!

    Although I had actually downloaded a sample of The Martian onto my Kindle as I loved the film, but had heard mixed things about the book. Not had chance to get to it yet, but it’s on my list to read after I finished The Night Itself.

    • How good was Illuminae?! I’m always raving about it when someone says they love sci fi. I am so excited for Gemina, I just want it now!

      I definitely recommend all of the books I mentioned, I loved them all for different reasons ๐Ÿ˜€

      I loved the movie of The Martian, it was adapted really well to screen. The book of The Martian is so good though, Watney is really funny and the way he logically thinks about everything was very entertaining to me. There are actually quite a few big events in the book that didn’t make it into the movie because the movie would have been too long. A good third of the middle of the book was glazed over in the movie, so if you read it there’s more to the story and there’s more that happens! I definitely recommend giving it a go!
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  6. I hadn’t heard of Across The Universe yet but that sounds like a great premise. And of course, I’ve had the Starbound series and Illuminae on my TBR for awhile now.

    I would love to start reading more books set in space, it’s kind of a welcome change from the apocalypse Earth stories and it feels like there’s so many ways to be creative. The author can basically create any sort of terrain/system they want.
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    • Omg you NEED to read Illuminae soon! It is AMAZING, and soooo freaking good! I love it, it was one of my favourite reads last year. The format of the book is so cool, but the actual story is INSANE. And so crazy. And the twist is like ‘What.The.Fuck’. So, so, so good. I need Gemina now. Waiting until October is sooo hard.

      Sci fi’s set in space are kind of my go to genre at the moment. I just love it. But I’ve kind of run out of space books, so I’m going for fantasy right now. I love earth apocalypse books but I want something different to read now. I want a different kind of apocalypse. Maybe an apocalypse set in space? An apocalypse that is affect multiple worlds? I just want something different.
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  7. I’ve only read one book from this list and that’s These Broken Stars. And don’t kill me, but I hated it. I’m always on the fence whether I should continue on or not. Ok, but as for the rest of your list, I want to read them all, especially Illuminae. EVERYONE always talks about it, and I want to know what the hype is all about. ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, I’m in love with your blog! I peaked at your blog archive, and did you seriously just start a few months ago?! BECAUSE WHAT?! Everything is SO nice! #inspiration
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    • Haha we all have different tastes! If you can’t finish it then I think it’s fine to let it go. These Broken Stars was probably my favourite out of all three of them.

      Illuminae was amazing! The format was a bit jarring at first, but once you got into it, it got sooo good. It was quite intense and science-y but I loved it so much. I definitely recommend it!

      Aww thank you! Haha well I ran a book blog for a few years before I decided to take a break in 2013. So I’m not COMPLETELY new. However, this is my first self hosted blog. So I’m completely new to coding and altering things on my layout etc.
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  8. I loved Across the Universe and the whole trilogy! One of the first YA series I read. Starflight was one of my favorite books this year too, so much fun. I haven’t read These Broken Stars yet but I’m dying to. Sci fi is one of my favorite genres as well, as long as it’s not too science-y that I get lost haha! I love learning about astronomy and thinking about space though.

    Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? It’s really excellent- fairy tales mashed up with sci fi and lots of adventure and romance. I also loved the book Stitching Snow, which is similar but a separate series. The main character is so awesome.
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    • I really want Beth Revis to release a new series, I want to see what other things she likes to write about. I loved Across the Universe a lot, so I’m intrigued to find out.

      Me too! I love space so much, anything even remotely space opera related, I check it out. I watch the TV show or I read the book. I find it so fascinating. I definitely recommend These Broken Stars, it was really interesting – Although the boring is a bit slow. So if you think that at first just remind yourself it’s supposed to get better!

      I have read The Lunar Chronicles! I really enjoyed the series as a whole, however I want a spin-off after Winter because I want to know what happens to other characters! I want to know more.

      Ohh Stitching Snow? I’ve heard of it but I totally thought it was a single stand alone book. I must check this out now!
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      • Stitching Snow is a standalone but it’s really good! There’s a companion book that I haven’t read yet as well.

        I want to know more about the Lunar characters too. Need more Jacin and Winter!! And Cress and Thorne ๐Ÿ™‚

        Good to know about These Broken Stars, I’ll push through the beginning! Space Operas are the besssst.

        • Ohh awesome, I just realised I have Stitching Snow on my kindle haha, I forgot I have it! I’ll have to read it soon.

          Definitely need more about Winter and Jacin and Cress and Thorne! I thought that Winter was going to end a different way than it did…

  9. I REALLY loved Illuminae! Everything about it was brilliant, and I’m SO excited for the sequel! I don’t really read that much sci-fi, but somehow it was completely unique XD I’ve been meaning to read the Martian for AGES, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be crushed by my TBR anytime soon. If nobody hears from me again SEND HELP (also cake).

    • Illuminae WAS unique! I felt like it was a mix of sci fi with a hint of post apocalypse because their planet get’s destroyed etc.

      I definitely recommend The Martian! I LOVED it so much! But I reckon you should read it when you feel like reading a sci fi, because if you force yourself to read it then I don’t think you would like it.

      Haha aw no! There’s so many books on my TBR too! Good luck, I hope you have time to read them all.
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  10. Okay, adding Illuminae to my TBR read list thanks to your recommendations, (based on what you and others have said, it sounds really good) and looking forward to more of your scifi month posts.

    Referencing Dark Matter, I fell in love with the characters and the show when I first found season one on Netflix. Happily, I discovered season two was available just a few days ago, but between writing, work, and working on my TBR list, I haven’t had time to watch more than one episode.

    • You deeeefinitely need to read Illuminae! It’s a different kind of Sci fi but it’s so much fun to read! I LOVE Aidan as well. He was such an awesome character. I’ve started reading the second book Gemina, so I hope Gemina has some sort of character like Aidan as well.

      I loved Dark Matter as well! I’ve started watching season 2 but I found the first episode of the season rather tedious to get through. I haven’t watched anymore as of yet so I will need to catch up soon.
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