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Top 5 books set in the future

Friends!! HELLO!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books set in the future!!

Speaking of things set in the future (but not really), I need to explain my completely unintentional absence hiatus from all things books. Including this amazing T5T community. Remember how I got that amazing promotion / job opportunity back in September? WELL… I thought just starting in the job would be “settling in”… LOL. I was so naïve. I want to reiterate that I am having the absolute best time, and this job is not even remotely stressful ― but the learning curve has been STEEP. Most days I get home from the office and I just lie on the couch or do the most mundane tasks. Mostly so that everything I heard and learned that day can seep into my brain. Occasionally I watch an episode of whatever K-drama I am watching. But, there has been absolutely no capacity for reading, or blogging. Which has made me SAD.

However, I genuinely think I am now getting the hang of things. So, I SHOULD be around more often. Noting that I am also about to take on a huge project from mid-December through to the end of February. So, I say I’ll be around… with a proviso!! And I do plan to catch up on all the T5T posts that I have missed. They will be coming randomly though, as I have a LOT of half-written drafts that I just need to work my way through!!

If you missed the October-December 2022 topics they are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.

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top 5 books set in the future

They Both Die at the End — Adam Silvera *

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day.

The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure ― to live a lifetime in a single day.


* Look, it’s been a while, but I’m 98% certain this book is set in the future. A future where Death-Cast exists at the very least. 5 September 20(something something that is more than 22).

Illuminae — Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra ― who are barely even talking to each other ― are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


* I realise that I could ALSO use the Aurora Cycle, but I didn’t want to over-populate a top 5 with Amie and Jay. No matter how awesome these Aussie authors are.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Only a Monster — Vanessa Len *

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

It should have been the perfect summer. Sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London, sixteen-year-old Joan is determined to enjoy herself. She loves her nerdy job at the historic Holland House, and when her super cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like everything is falling into place.

But she soon learns the truth. Her family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.

As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story…

… she is not the hero.


* Only a Monster is special because it COULD have gone in any week this month, but I chose ‘future’ because I definitely read LESS of these than the other 3 topics!!

The Disasters — M. K. England *

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.


* I haven’t actually finished this, but I also wanted to say that this came out BEFORE the Aurora Cycle books. And it’s a standalone.

The Disasters by M. K. England

Cinder — Marissa Meyer *

The Lunar Chronicles #1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl… Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


* This book isn’t deliberately last… Although I did TOTALLY forget it existed. It’s just probably the series I liked the least out of all of the above. Am I overthinking this? Probably.

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The Punk Theory
Wicked Witch’s Blog
Your Book Friend
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The Pine-Scented Chronicles
Lady Book Dragon
Becky Bookstore
Peat Long’s Blog
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What are your top 5 books set in the future?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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