The Magicians (2009) by Lev Grossman was a book that I wasn’t too sure about at first, but by the time the series concluded I was crazy about these characters. A snarky Narnia meets Harry Potter, Grossman does an excellent job over time of developing these characters, and his worldbuilding is wonderful from the beginning. I loved this series.
Sleeping Giants (2016) by Sylvain Neuvel was a fantastic read as an audiobook. I could not stop listening to this book once I started it, and was able to finish listening to the entire book in just two days while hiking the trail. The voice casting was excellent for the range of characters, and the diverse formatting struck me as essential for this dystopian/science fiction novel. It’s the first in a trilogy, and the second book was published in 2017, which I’m looking forward to reading.
Station Eleven (2014) by Emily St. John Mandel was such a phenomenal read that for some reason I didn’t hear about until this year. It was fantastic. Particularly poignant as a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey by foot as I myself was making a long trek by foot, this novel seemed to fit perfectly into my interests. I loved the audio version, and found her writing to be chalk full of imagery and character development, two of my favorite things about books.
Saga (2012) by Bruce K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples is a beautiful series of grahic novels. Clearly, this series is a Saga, and unfolds through many different worlds throughout space. Saga is predominantly a tale of love and values, and throughout the story many ethical dilemmas arise as choices are made by both main and side characters. The breadth of this series reminds me of Star Wars, in that the world building is huge, there are so many different characters, and an epic war that spans countless worlds, races, and creatures.
Nimona (2015) by Noelle Stevenson is a fantastic story of some anti-heroes and their path through interpersonal relationships. I can’t rave enough about this read, and I can’t think of anything to say that would convince you to read this book without giving anything away. But what’s not to love about little anti-heroes running around and being all sweet and stuff?