So I’ve never actually done a recommendations blog post before. Since, I never really felt like there was anyone out there who would actually read books based on my recommendations. But then I saw this idea floating around out in the book community and couldn’t resist throwing together a little recommendation post about some of my favourite underrated books/series that I’ve read over the years. Now most of these have under 10,000 ratings on Goodreads and aren’t super new. But they’ve stuck with me and are definitely books that I love having around on my shelves. So let’s get started:
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
I first read Awaken way back in 2011, I was just getting into Young Adult and Post-Apocalyptic reading and this one really struck me. I’ve always been a person who struggled with technology, I never had computers in my house until I was into my late teens. I never had good cell phones, I could handle computers but I never spent a lot of time on them until I got my first laptop. And after that, I almost never did anything but play on it. I used it constantly, and as the years went by my cell phone never left my hand. We all know, that the first thing we do when we open our eyes in the morning is usually check some type of electronic device. We are so connected to the internet and such that in less than a decade our whole world revolves around technology. So when I picked up Awaken it really opened up my eyes to what was going on in the world when it came to technology. I was immediately aware of how much my life was glued to an electronic device. As the trilogy went on my eyes opened farther and I realized I needed to take a step back. And to this day, I find myself thinking of this book when I get too into social media or technology. I find myself taking note to just take a step back, go outside, reconnect with the outside world.
Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won’t stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.
Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn’t need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.
Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.
The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.
Previously published as Eden, due to reader demand it has been revamped and rereleased as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.
Here’s another trilogy I started reading back in 2011 that really stuck with me. I was still so new to the genre of dystopian and post-apocalyptic that everything felt original to me. But when it came to Eden, what sucked me and had me wanting to read all of these books was the main character. Here was this super strong female character in a post-apocalyptic world that really set a high bar for me. I know most people don’t pick up dystopians or post-apocalyptics anymore but this one is good and worth the read.
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.
There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
Now, I do want to say that I’ve only read the first two in this trilogy, for some reason I haven’t got around to reading the last book but still. Push is so cool and original, having virtual reality mix with reality can be difficult but Eve Silver really stepped up to the plate with this one. I love with realities merge and things aren’t always what they seem. This was another book that really opened up my eyes and pushed me into reading more in YA dystopia.
Now for these next two, I plan on putting reviews up for them soon since these are newer reads that I just can’t help but love.
For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
Thorn has received a Badge of Approval from Awesome Indies.
This one really surprised me, with all the young adult fantasy I’ve read it’s hard nowadays to find one that I just devour. Well let me just say that I devoured Thorn, it was original and amazingly written. And a very interesting perspective when it comes to the typical in fantasy ya. I don’t want to give too much away but essentially the main character is meant to marry a king, *insert plot twist* and then decides she’d rather stay in the place of the second chance she’s been given at a new life. (That’s not a very good synopsis but TRUST ME read this!)
Synopsis for Double Life:
Piracy is a game. How much are you worth?
Since she was a little girl, everyone – from her father to the Great Creator himself – told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she’s worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia’s boss ever gave her a chance. It’s a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation.
To pay the bills, she’s stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She’s doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father’s mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid…
…until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia’s hostage.
If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you probably don’t know how much love I have for S. Usher Evans. As a person, as an author, she’s amazing and wonderful. And let me tell you about these books, they are original and funny and heartfelt and has one of the best female main characters that I have ever read. Razia is stubborn and strong and frustrating but her growth as a character throughout these books is what makes these books so good. I don’t want to say too much because I have reviews in the works right now but let me just say this: you want to read these books. I mean, c’mon kickass female space pirate who is also a scientist? READ IT.
Well there you have it! So of my most favourite underrated books that I think everyone should give a chance to! Have you read any of these? Were they hits or misses? I’d love to hear your thoughts!