Favourite Books of 2016 (So Far)
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Morning Star is the third and final book of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, which I’ve been recommending to everyone I know since I read the first book in 2014. I won’t go into too much detail for people who haven’t read it yet (cough, Bryan, cough) but wow – the trilogy is concluded in the most entertaining and satisfying way possible. This trilogy will go down as one of my favourites and I can’t wait for the first part in the sequel trilogy, Iron Gold.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel
I actually first heard about this book in a tweet by Pierce Brown (both books are published by Del Rey). He has a blurb on the back of the book describing Sleeping Giants as being reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z and that describes it better than I could. Told mainly in snippets of interviews, this book tells the story of a young girl who stumbles upon a gigantic alien mechanical hand – and then grows up to research the ancient artifact and search for more around the world. It’s a gripping, ambitious, and wildly entertaining novel.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
This book technically came out last year, but I only started hearing about it this year – and it took me a long time to find a copy outside of Amazon. Baru Cormorant’s home is taken over by the Empire of Masks and aspects of her people’s culture is criminalized. But instead of fighting a tyrannical empire through violence, she works her way into its ranks as an accountant to slowly destroy it from within. What follows is a brutal and heartbreaking tale about how far someone will go – and how much of themselves they’re willing to lose – to save their home. It’s really refreshing reading a fantasy novel focused on economics and financing while still keeping plenty of intrigue and action.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
This is the second novel in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, preceded by A Darker Shade of Magic released last year. I really enjoyed the first novel in the series and A Gathering Shadows continues with the likeable characters and world established in the first, with an intriguingly expanding world and story. This is one fantasy novel that really feels fantastic – a world of parallel worlds based on colour, an inventive magic system and beautiful prose. I’m looking forward to the final novel in the series, A Conjuring of Light, which comes out next year.