Now that summer has finally arrived and school is out, I feel it is my duty to offer up some great science fiction reads to recent graduates. These are the kinds of books that speak to the confusion and contradictions of being a young adult cast into the “real world” and faced with the options of sink or swim. So if you are a recent graduate, or know a recent graduate, here are some perfect summer reads to put your experience in perspective and keep the pages flying during these long sun-filled days.
7th Sigma by Steven Gould
A seemingly endless swarm of metal-devouring insects has permanently altered the societal structure of the United States of America. Streetwise orphan Kimble finds himself at the center of this new world order after he joins a middle-aged woman’s dojo. This book is filled to the brim with clever characters exploring the limits of their of self-reliance after a tragedy. An interesting book that is reminiscent of the works of Jack London and Gary Paulsen.
Jenny Ramos-Kennedy faces most of the usual experiences of a college freshman—her college just happens to be on a space station high up in Earth’s orbit. Meanwhile back on Earth, ecological chaos reigns as an alien parasite wreaks havoc on the delicate ecology of the planet. It is one of the most accurate and wonderful depictions of being a graduate student in the sciences in all of literature. It perfectly captures the sometimes maddening setbacks and breakthroughs of the scientific process.
All the Lives He Led by Frederik Pohl
After the U.S. has been devastated by ecological disaster, refugee Brad Sheridan flees North America for work at a Mount Vesuvius theme park in Italy. However, he soon becomes embroiled in a multifarious terrorist plot that has some far reaching implications. If you’ve ever had a crappy summer job as a student, this book is for you!