A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

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A Game of Thrones is the first book in a high fantasy series following multiple points of views as the families of the Seven Kingdoms battle over political power and the Iron Throne. The summers can be stretched out for decades, and the winters can last a lifetime, but this time winter brings more than just the cold; it brings an ancient enemy that has been asleep for thousands of years. In this book, we primarily follow the ruling House of the North, the Starks, as they travel through Westeros making both friends and enemies along the way, witnessing more than their fair share of pain, sorrow, and death. As well as the Starks, we also follow other characters, such as the Lannisters and Baratheons who via marriage currently occupy the Iron Throne. We also read from the point of view of the Targaryans, a former royal family who will stop at nothing to take back their birthright. With these characters, we experience war, magic, dragons, romance, mystery, politics, humour, adventure, and more. Just everything you’d want in a huge high fantasy book, really.

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Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart

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It’s best going into this book as blind as possible, without knowing much about the plot at all. All you really need to know is that it’s a psychological suspense YA novel that’s full of mystery and disguises, written in reverse chronological order. It’s filled with references to books, movies, and comics. It’s about friendship, disappearances, and death. It’s about figuring out who you are, and finding out who you want to become.

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We Are the Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson

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‘We Are the Ants’ is about Henry Denton, a struggling teenager who’s got a big decision to make. He has been abducted by aliens back and forth for a long time now, but never before have they done anything other than examining him. Now, though, they’ve given him the choice to save the earth or let it be destroyed. He’s got 144 days to make up his mind, and to save it he only needs to push a big red button. But for Henry, it’s not an easy thing to decide. Life is pretty terrible for him, especially since his boyfriend killed himself, but some things are changing, and Henry is left outweighing the good with the bad, deciding whether or not the world is worth saving.

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The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson

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The Well of Ascension is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy and takes place a year after the first book, The Final Empire. I’ll try not to spoil the first book, but this one deals with what comes after “the big fight”, whilst also building up the tension for the third and final book. It’s about rebuilding a broken society, whilst also trying to find your place in it without losing who you were before. I’d also say that there’s a main focus on magic, relationships, and trust. Oh, and there are also three different armies just outside the city, waiting to attack. No biggie.

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Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This book follows Kady and Ezra who – right after breaking up with each other – have to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet. They’re barely talking to each other, and the enemy ships are firing down on their planet like crazy. Things only get worse from there though, because when they’ve finally settled into their new lives on the fleet, a deadly plague has broken out and is spreading, fast. The ships AI, which is supposed to help them, might actually turn out to be the enemy. Since no one in charge will discuss these problems aloud, Kady is forced to gather the information herself by hacking into classified documents, chat logs and interviews. This is a fast-paced sci-fi story set in 2575, told through hacked documents, surveillance cameras, medical reports, military files, emails and more.

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Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

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This book has been hyped around the book community for ages now, and I finally picked up and read it back in January along with my friend Signe. We’re planning on buddy reading one book per month this year, and ‘Six of Crows’ was our first pick. Starting out the year strong. Or not. Anyways, ‘Six of Crows’ is about six outcasts who get hired to execute a heist where they have to break into the most secure building in ‘Fjerda’. There, they will need to safely retrieve a person who’s got information that could start a new war before the enemy gets their hands on it first.

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Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

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I’ve been getting into a lot of Sci-fi lately, so it didn’t take me long until I started reading this one, it being quite the famous sci-fi book and all. I read this book via audiobook, which was a pleasant enough experience. I’m glad I decided to listen to it since I feel like I would have enjoyed it even less if I would have read it physically. I don’t even know if I would have finished it then, to be honest. I enjoyed this book, don’t get me wrong, but there was also quite a lot of flaws in it. My biggest one by far being the treatment of female characters, and frankly, the lack of them. Seriously, it made me so angry that I wanted to puke.

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

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I picked this book up thanks to my friend Signe, who’s been raving about this book ever since she read it. And oh am I glad I did! This book follows a diverse cast of characters traveling through space, working together to create a wormhole tunnel to a distant planet. The job pays well but has high risks since this planet is located smack in the middle of a war zone. It’s all about these weird and awesome aliens, a space war waiting to happen, kickass female characters, and friendship. It’s a book that will leave you feeling good about the world and put a smile on your face. It’s a light-hearted space opera, after all.

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Release, by Patrick Ness

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Wow. This book. Where to begin? It is a beautifully written book about Adam Thorn, who is going through the most difficult day of his life. The book is about self-worth, acceptance, love, friendship, and family. But it’s also about heartbreak, hatred, loss, assault, abuse, and homophobia. And trust me when I say this, you will cry. Loads. Well, I did…

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