His books look really interesting. Mortal Engines, reminds me a lot of the work Brandon Sanderson has done with world-building. He is well known for creating a worlds that follow a very specific structure of rules and then exploring what falls out from that.
His latest work Skyward is set in a world that is surrounded by space junk with humans constantly trying to survive attacks from aliens from beyond the layer of junk. I'm about halfway through the audiobook and it is great!
The previews make it look amazing. It's only getting 38% on Rotten Tomatoes so far from 42 critics, but 90% of fans say they want to see it. I do! It's up against Spiderman tho.
I'm holding out hope, I really want to see it, but the critic reviews coming in right now are saying the book was great but the casting and script of the film was sort of disappointing.
I have every intention of hopefully seeing both films!
I HAVE to check out Brandon Sanderson now - thank you for the recommendation! Any others you think I should add to the list?
Some recent books I've read that I have liked, though they have been a bit more on the space and less young adult side:
John Scalzi's Collapsing Empire Series. This one is pretty new the second book just came out. About people living disconnected from earth on a bunch of interdependent colonies connected by wormholes. The characters are really interesting and the story is really well paced. Audiobook is well done, read by Wil Wheaton.
Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time. This is a standalone book about what happens to a terraformed planet after a catastrophic war. Things don't quite go as expected, and the story feels pretty unique. Again, very good story telling, and pulls together stories of characters over thousands of years. Audiobook is really good for this one too.
Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars. Alternate history period piece that starts in the 1950s when an extinction level asteroid event happens. The story follows a woman who is involved in the space program in the years following. Audiobook is also very good, narrated by the author. This is an ongoing series with two books out and 2 more planned. There is also a novella The Lady Astronaut which is set after the events of the series, but was written before the others.
Thank you! Just ordered the first book in John Scalzi's THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE series! I suspect we have similar taste in books? Would you want more recommendations from me?