This installment of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
If the last few years in fiction have taught us anything, it’s that the future is really effing scary, and everyone loves to read about it. What’s up with that? Kids and adults alike have flipped for stories that present a look at what the future might be like. It seems we can’t get enough of the guessing, of the edgy tales, of walking right up to the cliff and peeking over into the unknown. And many of these stories? They’re written for younger readers but become equally beloved by adults.
We asked you to tell us about your favorite works of futuristic fiction with mad crossover appeal. Here’s what you came up with.
Ready Player One by Ernie Cline
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Wool by Hugh Howey
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Nexus by Ramez Naam
Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis
The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Legend by Marie Lu
The City and the City by China Mieville
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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