Thursday, February 5, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Futuristic Books

This week's top 5 topic is futuristic books, which was fun for me to think about because I don't read futuristic works too frequently.  I looked through my books and was able to revisit some that I really enjoyed and had forgotten about.

So, let's get into it, shall we?

Number Five

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read.  It's quirky and creative and witty.  

It follows Arthur Dent, a human who escapes from Earth just as it's about to be destroyed.  Saved by his friend, Ford, an alien-journalist, he travels the universe, having ridiculous adventures.

Number Four

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I've already talked about this book a lot on my blog.  It's one of my favorite science fiction works.  I love the battle school sequences, the politics, and Ender.  I've read this several times, and I will most likely read it again.

Number Three

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

This classic tells the story of Offred, a woman who lives in a society where women have no rights and "handmaids" are forced to act as concubines in order to bear children.

It's an excellent piece of speculative fiction, and it's somewhat terrifying because it's technically a possibility.  

Number Two

Anthem by Ayn Rand

I am not a huge fan of Ayn Rand, but the first time I read Anthem, when I was a teenager, I connected with it on a very deep level.  It spoke to my desire to be different and to realize who I am as a person.

It tells the story of Equality 7-2521, a young man growing up in a socialist, collectivist society.  Though he lives in the future, society has regressed, doing away with technology (such as electricity).  He, however, is cursed with curiosity and intelligence and finds that he's unsatisfied by the world he lives in.

This is a classic dystopian, but it speaks to individuality, will, and intelligence, themes which are found throughout her works.

Number One

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book blew me completely away when I read it.  I had never experienced anything quite like it, and I still haven't.  I am not well-versed in my science fiction, though.

The Left Hand of Darkness is about a man, Genly, who is sent to the planet Gethen as an envoy from the intergalactic coalition of humanoid worlds.  There he finds a people who are almost always asexual, only adopting sexual qualities once a month and switching between male and female attributes depending on context.  It's about more than that, but it's difficult to explain the plot.  

Needless to say, it's excellent.  At first, I was off-put by the highly sterile style of writing, but I pushed through and found that it fit the tone perfectly.  

Those are my top five futuristic reads. If you want to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, just check out the Goodreads group. Share your favorites down below!

Happy reading.


  1. I struggled with this week's list and I am sure took some artistic license with my picks. My husband bought me the complete Hitchhiker's Guide collection for Christmas and I am excited to delve into that world. My picks, as sad a they may be, can be found on my blog.

  2. I LOVE "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"! It's got to be one of the funniest books I've ever read, I laughed so much.