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Riot Recommendation: Futuristic Fiction with Crossover Appeal

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

gameboard of the godsThis 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. So today, we want to know: what are your favorite works of futuristic fiction with mad crossover appeal?