Mark Watney is the most enjoyable main character and narrator in recent memory. Andy Weir did a masterful job creating the character, and making me really care about what was happening (when what was happening was seriously just a bunch of engineering problems.)
Ernest Cline has written the definitive Geek Culture novel, bringing together every seminal game, film, and reference into a cohesive — if not culturally specific — story about a boy, an online game, a world, and technology.
Never mind the plot holes. Superposition, string theory, and universe hopping require some quantum leaps of faith. Still Dark Matter is a fun, dark look at how our choices (the ones we make; the ones we don’t) shape everything.
Wurth doesn’t take any easy outs with her main character. In truth, there are no real happy endings for anyone involved, and the ones who do sneak out with some hope do so because they just refuse to stop moving forward.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup is a haunting, desolate story of a young child abandoned in the world. At every page, I wanted to stop reading. But her prose was so effortlessly elegant that I couldn’t.
Here’s what I can tell you: Jared Yates Sexton’s themes largely revolve around the slow death that comes from alcoholism, the wretched crush that comes from poverty, and the emptiness that comes with knowing you can’t do anything about either one of those things.
An asteroid is set to collide with Earth in less than a year, and the world is slowly descending into chaos as the apocalypse nears. As the world falls apart, Det. Henry Palace seeks justice even as the end of the human race looms.
The real payoff, though, comes at the end, which bends the genre in just the right way. After a lifetime of reading science fiction and horror stories, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I “didn’t see it coming.”
Nightlight is a quick story that – at times – taps into the zeitgeist created in shows such as the new Outer Limits or Tales from the Crypt, which built storylines around single revealed deep in the plot.