Under The Radar 2017 Sci-fi Books!


Earlier this month I created a thread of tweets about some books that are coming out in 2017 but I haven’t heard anyone talk about. Some of these books might not be talked about because they’re coming out later this year, but still, I’ve heard little about these books. If you want to see the thread, click here!

I had so much fun with this that I decided to make it a (hopefully) reoccurring post on Fable’s Library. If there’s any books that I don’t mention in this post just comment below and I’ll add it to the next post! I think it’s important to note that I have NOT read any of these books so I can’t say if they’re good or if they’re problematic either (if they are, I’m sorry it was unintentional).

So let’s get started!

1. Want by Cindy Pon


Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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I’ve seen some talk about Want but not too much, so I had to add that to this list. The world sounds really interesting just by looking at the description. The elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city.

Want also sounds pretty action packed if you ask me. Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Yes, please, I need to read this book now!

2. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston


Speculative fiction from the #1 bestselling author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Star Wars: Ahsoka.

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

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Uhhh, how awesome does that sound? I read one of E. K. Johnstons other books and I LOVE her writing so I’m pretty sure this is going to be an interesting book. Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose? That drew me in right there!

3.Dreamfall by Amy Plum


Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

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This sounds pretty awesome to me. They have no memory of how they got there? They’re trapped in a place of nightmares?

4. Freefall by Joshua David Bellin


In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.

Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight though the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.

When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.

Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?

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Uh…yeah, I read that summary and I kind of sort of need to read it RIGHT NOW.

5. Waste of Space by Gina Damico


Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.

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This one is more lighthearted if you’re into those books, or seeking such a book. Waste of Space sounds hilarious and if it were an actual tv show (a scripted one because I wouldn’t want that to happen to actual teens xD) I would LOVE to watch it.

6. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

YA science fiction/action novel set in a futuristic Korea about a former gangster who is recruited into the military over a secret prototype weapons project—which turns out to be a genetically modified girl.

7. Virgo by Alexandra Blogier

Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired Alexandra Blogier’s Virgo in a preempt; it centers on a girl who is the last human left on Earth after an alien race annihilated humanity.

Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Annie Stone at Alloy Entertainment did the deal for world English rights.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

This one comes out this month 😀

Have you heard of any of these books? Do any of them sound interesting to you? 🙂


2 thoughts on “Under The Radar 2017 Sci-fi Books!

  1. I haven’t heard of any of these books! Thanks for the recommendations! I’m going to Goodreads now to check them out and read some reviews on them. They sound pretty interesting! Especially Dream Fall and Freefall!


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