#FoylesFive: Swap Snowflakes for Stardust this Christmas
Jamie-Lee from our Birmingham branch is here to add a bit of Sci-Fi cheer to your Christmas reading. It's not only the Christmas lights that shine at this time of year, the stars do too.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Everything Pierce Brown writes turns to gold and the same goes for his unflinching protagonist, Darrow. Red Rising chronicles the epic struggle of one man's determination to avenge his wife and ultimately destroy the ruthless Gold Society that has ruled on high for too long. With a sequel trilogy, a prequel comic series and a movie on the way, you'd be gorydamn stupid to miss out.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants is an interstellar thriller unlike any other. When a young girl accidentally unearths a robot hand, it doesn't take long for other mechanical body parts to start emerging all over the world. But the question on everyone's lips is: who put them there? Masterfully blending the political with the apocalyptical, this epic saga forces you to question everything you thought you knew about science, physics and humanity itself.
A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The cult favourite that needs no introduction, Becky Chambers' stellar debut is the Firefly-esque adventure that you didn't know you needed! A mishmash crew of species and personalities band together for the job of a lifetime - they just have to survive each other long enough to get the pay-check. Wildly entertaining, A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the space opera of its generation.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline is certainly set to be one of the most iconic authors in science fiction with his refreshing take on the genre. Ready Player One is dripping with pop culture and eighties gaming references that will delight and entertain young and old readers alike. Wade Watts is an exceptionally likeable character with all the relatability of a kid just wanting to escape the real world and play games with his friends – whilst also saving the world, naturally.
Empire Games by Charles Stross
Charles Stross expertly redefines espionage as we know it with the utterly captivating Empire Games. A high stakes cloak and dagger thriller set against the backdrop of alternate realities and world-hopping assassins. Richly envisioned, Stross weaves a world that's both intriguing and entirely believable with all the perils and repercussions of the real world amplified tenfold.