I saw this around a while ago on Booktube and couldn’t quite figure out where it started, and I figured that this would be a fun way to look at some of the sci-fi books I have read.
There will be three rounds where I use a random number generator to pick out three books from my read shelf (these will all be Sci-Fi). Then from those three, I will pick one to reread, rewrite, and burn.
Rewrite: Pivot Point by Kasie West – I remember really enjoying this but that it had some moments where it slowed down too much or was a bit too contemporary. Honestly, this could be a re-read just as easily.
ReRead: Dearly. Beloved by Lia Habel – Unfortunately this series ended after two books despite the author having plans for more, and since then she has stopped writing. This was a weird Neo-Victorian zombie book that was kind of fluffy and kind of quirky, with a side of horror. I enjoyed it and I’d be interested in seeing if I still like it after all these years. I do remember some rewrite potential for this one too.
Burn: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan – I don’t even remember this, even after reading my review I have no feelings toward it what so ever. So burn it.
Rewrite: Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler – I remember liking the idea of this one, where the world still has the major ancient civilizations around. The Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas have all thrived. I do remember there being some issues character-wise, so I’d re-write that.
ReRead: Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak – I’ll be honest I’ll re-read anything Karsak puts out, she has really fun novels and this steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland is no different.
Burn: All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders – I loathe this book. I’m actually re-reading it now for a buddy read and I still loathe it. It’s like if someone decided that middle grade was so great that they should write a stereotypical one but make it have adult themes. It’s simple and hyperbolic.
Rewrite: The Star Thief by Jamie Grey – I don’t have a lot of complaints about this one, even the romance which I’m not really big on was pretty good. It reminded me a lot of Mass Effect, but maybe it could have been longer? More badass?
ReRead: Medusa Uploaded by Emily Davenport – I read this earlier this year and really loved it. It’s kind of weird at times and takes some getting used to, but I liked how much was packed into it. It was dark and fun and full of epic movies and music.
Burn: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee – I kind of loathed this book too. It has a ton of great ideas but it’s lost in a bunch of complicated world building. I could have rewritten this one so that the calendar system was more clearly explained, but honestly…the other two are too good to make concessions for this one.
This was kind of difficult to do, but I do think this kind of shows my rather varied tastes in the sci-fi genre. That first round was between three books that I wouldn’t really pay much attention to now, so having a hard line pick between them was difficult. It was fun to revisit some of these and see what I remembered about them. I’ll probably do this again at some point with my entire read shelf.