‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ by M. R. Carey

Zombie fiction has become almost unfashionably in vogue this year, but The Girl With All The Gifts changes that, breaking every cliche. It's got the pseudo-scientific theory and political commentary of World War Z, and is as unputdownable as Sci-Fi blockbuster book of the year, The Martian. Protagonist, little girl Melanie, is a very special child. Kept in a compound [...]

‘Descent’ by Ken MacLeod

Descent is the story of Ryan and his friends in a near-future world, where Scotland is independent, CCTV sees all and augmented reality is on the rise.  It's sold as an alien abduction adventure, full of government coverups and conspiracy theories, but it's actually much subtler than that. As teenagers, Ryan and his friend Callum are caught [...]

‘Anathem’ by Neal Stephenson

I have been told by many people that Neal Stephenson is an acquired taste.  To which my response is normally, "Then you should acquire it." To me, he's the height of intellectual science fiction, without taking it into the realms of abstraction as achieved by someone like Gibson, or lending it the academic dryness you [...]

‘Mockingjay’ – Suzanne Collins

Named after the hybrid birds which become a symbol of hope and rebellion throughout the trilogy, this last book in The Hunger Games series will not fall short of expectations. Having destroyed the arena of the 75th Hunger Games, defied the Capitol and escaped, Katniss finds herself as part of the underground community of District [...]