Even though one of my major reading themes for 2015 is to stay close to authors I know and like, it’s important to mix in a new author every now and then. I never know when I might stumble across another author to add to my trusted list. So for my most recent book, I decided to stray off the beaten path and read Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. It’s a science fiction book that had shown up numerous times through the Amazon recommendation engine since its release last summer. When it showed up on Amazon’s Daily Deal list near the end of last year, I figured I would get it. It only took 8 months, but I finally got around to reading it.
Because I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction, Resurrection by Arwen Elys Dayton was recommended by my nemesis – the Amazon recommendation engine. After reading the synopsis and checking out the reviews, I decided to add it to my never-ending reading list. Shortly thereafter, it was featured as a Kindle Daily Deal. I went ahead and added it my library, and then moved it up in this year’s reading list.
My latest venture into post-apocalyptic science fiction was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Unlike most post-apocalyptic stories I’ve read where the scenario is created through nuclear attacks, terrorism, or some other human-induced event, an alien invasion is the basis for this one. Well, it’s not a full scale alien invasion, but one which starts in a somewhat innocent fashion and proceeds in waves that are increasingly more destructive and insidious in their methods.
One way that I’ve been building my reading list is through the Amazon recommendation engine, which I lovingly hate. Wired by Douglas E. Richards is a book which had been consistently showing up in the recommendation lists, so I figured it must be worth checking out. The description fit into my science fiction themes, and the reviews were generally positive. It finally popped to the top of my list, and I was eager and excited to dig into it.
In the interest of reading something a little different, I recently picked up Brilliance by Marcus Sakey. It didn’t fit squarely into my recent themes of science fiction and dystopian future visions, but it showed up in the Amazon recommendation engine with strong reviews. I figured it was worth a shot, and it certainly didn’t hurt that it was available through the Amazon Prime lending library.