Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017! The theme for this week is debut novels we’re excited about this year. I’m too much of a grouch to get truly excited about any debut novel, but I’ve picked some debut sci-fi novels with potential. Here’s hoping they live up to it!
This list includes a few authors who have had a short story published in an anthology before getting their first book published. I wavered on whether or not to include them but decided to do so because there’s a big difference between a short story and a full novel, so they deserve the inclusion for their first major work.
8 2017 Debut Sci-Fi Novels with Potential
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Subgenre: Time Travel
Why You Might Be Interested: The line from the synopsis that indicates our normal reality is as a dystopian wasteland. It’s a nice change of pace on the dystopian saturation in our science fiction market.
Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
Release Date: January 26th, 2017
Subgenre: Space Setting, Romance
Why You Might Be Interested: While the ‘love is banned’ setting isn’t exactly new, you’ve got to wonder how they ended up in outer space with 90 minutes of air left. Or maybe that’s just me.
Publisher: Boyd Mills Press
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Subgenre: Exploration / Adventure
Why You Might Be Interested: It seems like most of the time, books about exploring new planets have a general adult audience in mind. (We are Legion (We Are Bob), for example.) Seeing the discovery through a young adult set of eyes might be interesting. I just hope there’s not too much of a hormones issue.
Publisher: Colt Creek Publishing
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Subgenre: Action / Adventure
Why You Might Like It: It’s an all-female crew that ends up being a planet’s only survivors. And they were readying for a simulation when the feces hit the fan. Not the real thing.How exactly does this work out for the human race?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Why You Might Like It: Usually it’s a man who ends up being the one thinking he’s the sole survivor, and leading the group. Not in this case. Also, there’s a space-crossing element to it, and what looks like a conflict with the original Earthers.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Subgenre: Space Setting, Self-Discovery
Why You Might Like It:
Bacon. Possible imaginary giant spider, a Czech astronaut, and a second chance at love.
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: December 2017
Subgenre: Action / Thriller
Why You Might Like It: Battle Royale set in space.
You can’t pre-order it yet, sorry!
27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Why You Might Like It: ARC reviews state it nails the POC and the GLBT representations. There are gargoyles, and it’s on the moon.
Alright, there’s my (admittedly short) list of debut sci-fi novels I’m interested in seeing. What about you? Feel free to leave your links below (whether they’re science fiction or not!) And please let me know if there’s a debut novel coming out that should have made it on this list for some reason!
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