Today I’m going to share some books that I binged and enjoyed very much. They are all pretty easy reads that have good world-building and compelling stories. Dare I say, some of these would even make awesome books to devour during this blistering Summer season!
Koko Takes A Holiday by Kieran Shea
This is a cyberpunk novel that revolves around a retired mercenary named Koko Martstellar. All is dandy with our leading lady as she relaxes on the vacation island of the Sixty Islands where she owns a brothel, until one day a bombastic confrontation with a bounty hunter out for her head inconveniently disrupts her blissful existence. It’s super fast-paced, vulgar, and blood pumping with creative gadgets and gismos.
Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2) by S.D. Perry
While this is the second book in the Resident Evil novels series, it is the first original story that isn’t a novelised version of the video game franchise. In this book, Rebecca Chambers leads a small expedition into Umbrella’s hidden laboratories beneath Caliban Cove. One of the reasons that this book is so easy to binge read is that it is a completely original story and fresh addition to the Resident Evil world, and the second reason is that for the very first time we get an intimate look into the mind of someone who’s been infected by the virus. Being able to experience what it’s like to slowly lose your cognitive abilities from a first-person perspective is positively enrapturing. You don’t need to read the first two novels to be able to enjoy this book, but some basic knowledge of the Resident Evil lore would be helpful.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
An #OwnVoices, Nigerian science-fiction novella that has more originality and vivid world-building than most sci-fi book serials, Binti is a fabulously indulgent and insightful binge-worthy book! Binti is a young woman of the Himba people, and she is the first of her people to ever receive admission to Oomza University, the finest educational institution in the whole galaxy. What should be viewed as the highest honour is not received with such admiration from her family. To leave her family and walk away from her people would be a great dishonour to the Himba. Her dream of obtaining knowledge is one that’s tied to quite the hefty cost, and it’s one that Binti is willing to pay. But as she embarks on this journey, Binti quickly realizes that this will be an excruciating trip—mentally, emotionally, and even physically.
Steamborn by Eric R. Asher
This is a story about a young boy named Jacob, who resides in lower, poverty stricken areas of the large mountain city known as Ancora; a city that is protected by giant walls to keep out large and frightening critters. He’s an apprentice to a tinker, Charles, who likes to build gadgets and gizmos. While Charles is quite gifted in the art, Jacob is truly brilliant. When insects break through the walls of the Lowlands—the poor section of the city—Jacob and his family find themselves fleeing to higher ground. As they reside in the wealthy portion of Ancora, awaiting the walls to be rebuilt, Jacob, Charles, and a charming love interest named Alice discover some rather horrendous secrets left behind in the wake of a prominent war from the past. The book’s steampunk elements aren’t too mind-blunderingly comprehensive, which makes it the perfect introduction to the genre and quite binge-worthy. The setting of Ancora and the surrounding environments are very atmospheric with creative implementation of insectoid enemies.
The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa
An #OwnVoices Japanese science-fiction novel, The Lord of the Sands of Time is a brilliantly thought-provoking book that has aliens, time-travel, and a highly empathetic cyborg main character! Messenger O was created to go back into time at particular points in history to discover a means of saving humanity from going extinct via a ruthless alien race. His conviction for learning and his capabilities for feeling compassion, grief, and love makes his journey all the more grossly fascinating. The book has a wonderful way of showing us the true face of humanity and what it really means to be alive.
Those are all of of the SFF books that I feel are worthy of marathoning. What are some of your favourite books to binge-read?