Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set in the Future

Happy Tuesday! This week’s top 5 Tuesday topic may have me stumped, but we’ll see what I can come up with.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their blog to get the details and the prompts for each week.

This week’s topic is “book set in the future” which immediately makes me think of science fiction, which I don’t read very often. Nevertheless, off I go to try and think of five books I’ve read that are set in the “not yet” times.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

I read this as part of a fantasy and science fiction book club I joined with my friend back in my Cincinnati days. It’s science fiction, set in the future, and I’m fairly confident I never finished it. The premise is that there’s a war on, and we have the technology to make old people young again—but only if they agree to fight in the war. Naturally, this feels like a fair trade off to some people. Apparently this is the first book in a series.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

One presumes most dystopian, end of the world fiction takes place in the future (or an alternate reality). I can’t recall if a specific year is mentioned, but this book feels very “if America keeps up the capitalism, here we will be.” I loved this one.


That’s all I’ve got. I scrolled so far back into my Goodreads that I found the time when I first joined and tried to add a bunch of the books I read when I was younger so it would be an accurate portrayal of my reading life. It turns out, I just don’t read too many books that are explicitly set in the future.

Can you think of any, book friends?

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set in the Future

  1. My daughter used to read a lot of dystopian books (and I read her books). The Legend series comes to mind. The Selection is set in the future too, as is Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future (which was very good), The Giver, Ready Player One, Fahrenheit 451, The Illuminae Files, The Time Machine, Shatter Me, Divergent, Matched, 1984 (technically), Crewel, A Wrinkle in Time — I am shocked by how many I have read, and also how many classics we could list.

  2. Yes, The Giver and A Wrinkle in Time, both classics. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi or books set in the future. What about Nora Robert’s Chronicles of One Series. I haven’t read them, but they are on my TBR.

  3. A short list is a good list, Amanda — even I found this week hard (although I was very out of practice too)!! Thanks for sticking with T5T even when I was absent. It means the world to me x

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