If you’re a bookworm, and reading gives you an escape to endless possibilities, then you should definitely try reading some sci-fi and fantasy books. They paint a variety of universes and take your mind to places it’s never gone. I guess that’s the beauty of reading. Am I right? This year is an awesome year for sci fi and fantasy geeks everywhere. So without further ado, check out the best sci fi and fantasy books for 2021!
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
A love story at its heart, Gearbreakers is about two girls on opposite sides of a war who discover that they are fighting for the same thing. As the clock ticks down for their mission, Eris and Sona grow closer from enemies to friends, and maybe even more.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
The Jasmine Throne is the first of a new trilogy set in a world inspired by India’s rich and epic history. A captive princess who wants to save an empire from her treacherous brother accidentally bears witness to her maidservant’s possession of forbidden magic. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.
The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
Described as ‘Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things’, this book follows Ropa, a teen who can speak to Edinburgh’s dead to carry out messages to the living. Everything is going well, until the dead whisper that someone is bewitching children. Ropa feels obligated to investigate, and uncovers a world of hidden magic and secrets.
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Set in a world inspired by pre-colonial West Africa, Son of the Storm focuses on Danso, a scholar out to discover the secrets of the ancient city of Bassa. When he comes across a warrior with magic that shouldn’t exist, he sets out on a journey beyond the city walls.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
Set in Cairo where magic seems to be out in the open, Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities. As a mysterious man murders a secret brotherhood and claims to be the long-lost al-Jahiz, Fatma must restore the peace to the city. Get it here!
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
Prepare to be captivated by this folkloric fantasy novel. Beautiful and mournful, it tells the tale of 3 royal siblings entangled in a web of lies and heartbreak, and must each fight to overcome their own struggles in the palace.
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
In a world where bones of the dead gods still hold great power, three people will shape the fate of the world – a huntress searching for her missing son, a jarl’s daughter pursuing a life of battle and fame, and a thrall fighting alongside mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn. Check it out here.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Ryland Grace is a teacher-turned-astronaut who wakes up from a coma, afflicted with amnesia. On a last-chance mission to save humanity from extinction, Ryland turns to an unlikely ally to complete his mission. He just has to remember his name and assignment first. Get it here!
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Vern is seven months pregnant when she escapes the confines of a strict religious compound she was raised in. As she fights back against the community that refuses to let her go, she soon discovers a brutal and monstrous secret of the compound and the violent history in America that caused it. Get it here!
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
A sequel to A Memory Called Empire, this novel is about an alien armada lurking around Teixcalaanli. Seemingly indestructible and unreachable, the mysterious invaders have an even stranger agenda of their own.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
The Witch’s Heart reimagines Norse mythology with the story of a banished witch who falls in love with Loki, the God of Mischief. As she risks the wrath of the gods, she must choose between accepting the fate of her family or changing their future.
After Oxygen by C. Anthony Biron
In a world where the Earth’s oxygen is depleting, Max Ziegfeldt feels the guilt of his failed attempt to stop this disaster. Now, death and insanity follow him until a group of teenagers pushes him to take control of the garden – which he now believes is Eden on Earth. Read it here.
A Psalm For the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
In a world where people have what they want, does having more matter? The self-aware robots of Panga faded into the wilderness centuries ago. That is until one day, a robot asks a tea monk “what do people need?”, and cannot go back until he gets the answer.
Appleseed by Matt Bell
Named the best book of the summer by The New York Times and USA Today, Appleseed is a dystopian, climate disaster novel that encompasses one’s imagination. Grab this book now, and you won’t regret it!
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
You can’t miss this unique take on the all too familiar story of Arthur, Guinivere, Lancelot, Morgana, and the main character, Elaine of Shalott. Check it out here!