An Out Of This World Experience
Hello everyone! It’s officially that time of year! Leaves are falling. Pumpkin spice is back in season! But better yet, it’s the month of Halloween. Candy is on every supermarket shelf, and costumes are being made! However, there is something even better than the costumes and candy (hard to believe, I know)! BOOKS! Around Halloween, horror and thriller books abound, and supernatural beings permeate the pages of YA. My personal favorite supernatural spook? Aliens! So, fellow readers, fellow Halloween lovers, I present to you a list of some of my favorite YA books about aliens and outer space!
Defy The Stars doesn’t technically have aliens, but it does take place primarily in outer space! This book was so good! It has war strategies, personal discovery, and a hint of romance. It does start off a little slow, but it eventually picks up, I promise! If you enjoy reading about a battle between worlds, two people who discover love in an unlikely place, and hope, then Defy The Stars is the book for you!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer has both outer space worlds and aliens (of a sorts). The aliens in this book are genetically engineered and grown wolf soldiers. Scarlet is one of my top two favorite books of The Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet herself is a feisty, red-head whose home and family is attacked by these soldiers. The book chronicles her search for her family, her journey in finding love, and her encounters with Cinder. I would love to meet Scarlet. And I hope by the time you finish reading her story, you will, too!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis tells the story of Amy and Elder in their journey to a new world. The society of the ship on which they are traveling is fascinating. It is a mixture of monarchy and democracy. In addition, Amy and Elder’s story is one of self-discovery. I really enjoyed this series!
One of the reasons I really enjoyed These Broken Stars is that the aliens involved in this story aren’t necessarily physical beings. They communicate primarily through thoughts. It takes a while for the story to incorporate the aliens; the first portion of the books deals with world and character building. I was glad for this, however, because had I been thrown straight into the action, I would have been a little lost. I was sad to finish this series. It is worth the read!
While not categorized as a YA book, I felt that The Martian by Andy Weir earned a spot on this list! In a nutshell, this book is about an astronaut who becomes stranded after being caught in Martian storm and his journey to make it back to Earth. There is a lot of technical jargon throughout this book, which made me so happy (I’m a STEM major.) Most of the jargon is either math or science related. Some explanations of math equations lost me a little, and I was taking Calculus 3 at the time. Don’t let the jargon deter you, though. It won’t take away from the story at all!
Well, folks! There you have it – my list of favorite YA books involving aliens and outer space! There are so many other book that could fit on this list; I just haven’t read them. Several of them are on my TBR; I wanted to include only those I have read! I look forward to hearing what you think about these books and others! I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
Sarah is a college student who writes a book blog called Traveling Across Pages. When she isn’t studying, working, or hanging out with friends, she can most likely be found with her nose in a book. She is always willing to fangirl about books, music, TV shows, anime, and so many other things!