Three on a Theme | Sarcastic Sci-Fi

Three on a theme

Hello, my lovely lemons! 🍋 If there’s two things I love, it’s space and sarcasm. So when you combine the two into an epic space-faring adventure with deadpan commentary, I’m very much on board. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Three on a Theme posts, but they’re quick and fun and I was short on ideas so I thought I’d bust one out!

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red by Martha Wells book cover

Oh, Murderbot. If you like sci-fi and sarcasm, The Murderbot Diaries series is an absolute must. It follows a SecUnit who hacked its own governor module, but is still doing its job, just while being annoyed at the stupid humans it has to keep saving from certain death, and secretly binging TV shows. This is a series of novellas, and each one is packed full of action, humour, and a hell of a lot of sarcasm, in just under 200 pages. I highly recommend the audiobooks – they’re just 4 hours each and Kevin R Free’s deadpan delivery hits every time.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff book cover

This was one of the first books I read after joining the book community, and it truly made me laugh harder than anything else had in a while. Kady is a very appropriately moody teenage lead, and this story told through messages, emails, data files, and security tapes conveys that perfectly. The fact that every swear word is blacked out across the files just makes it so much funnier. And since I mentioned it for Murderbot, this is another incredible audiobook that you should definitely listen to if you get the chance.

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes book cover

Frazzled ship captain Eva Innocente is your ideal sassy space-faring protagonist. And when absolutely nothing ever goes her way, it creates plenty of opportunity for that sarcastic spirit to shine through. From a cargo hold full of psychic cats, to a horny alien emperor following her across the galaxy, Eva manages to get into plenty of scrapes as she takes on increasingly dangerous and terrible jobs in an attempt to pay her kidnapped sister’s ransom. This was a really cheerful, funny, and refreshing read.

I should definitely do these posts more often, they’re really fun! Because I only have to find 3 books, I can get pretty creative with the themes and I’m sure I could do plenty more. Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

7 thoughts on “Three on a Theme | Sarcastic Sci-Fi

  1. Well I love sarcasm a lot as well and I am always searching for more recs! 😍 I do need to read more Sci-fi as well, which I feel like I’m mentioned to you before because I remember saying I NEED to read the murderbot diaries 😍 (sadly I haven’t yet, but I shall)
    But consider chilling effect immediately added to the TBR, it sounds like a mix of fun and epic which I frankly need! Also, cats. Yes please 🐈
    Love these specific recs 😍😍 thank you for sharing 💜

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    1. Yaayy I’m glad you love sarcasm too! It just makes me instantly love a character 😆 yaaassss I’m so here for everyone reading Murderbot, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥰
      And Chilling Effect is so fun! I really need to pick up the sequel for even more cheeky psychic cats 😻 I’m so glad you enjoyed my recommendations! 😁

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  2. I AM A HUGGGEEEE SARCASM FAN AND SERIOUSLY NEED TO THANK YOU FOR THESE RECS!! ALL of them sound amazing, although i’ve never heard of All Systems Red or Chilling Effect before, BUT NOW I NEED THEM, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT TOO. I LOVE your blog and your writing is AMAZING!! CAN’T WAIT for all of your future posts!! ❤❤

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