With another year drawn to a close, I wanted to take some time this month to go back and highlight some of the best books that I read in 2015. I didn’t read quite as many this year as I did last year (287 vs. 306), but I attribute that to taking on proofreading (which is a slower read for a book) and starting a certificate program during the final quarter of the year. Still, I’m happy with the total. But enough about that…onto the books I wanted to take a moment to revisit…
Note: These are the best books I read in 2015, not necessarily published in 2015.
The Gladers (or at least some of them) have done it. They made it through the Maze. They survived the Scorch. And now their trials are finally over. But some of them are sure things don’t seem quite right. Can they trust WICKED? Is there more going on here than they’ve been told? And what exactly is WICKED’s endgame? Will the truth really set them free?
Read my review from April 17 for more on this title.
NB: I’m really disappointed that I won’t get to see this story on film. The way they completely destroyed the trilogy storyline in the film version of The Scorch Trials was a huge blow to this book’s adaptation. Since, to me, it was the strongest of the series, I feel like they’ve killed the best opportunity they had with these books. Oh, well. Hollywood.
#7 The Martian by Andy Weir
Within days of landing on Mars, the crew of the Ares 3 mission is forced to abandon the planet due to a strong sandstorm. In the course of evacuating, astronaut Mark Watney is hit with an antenna and dies. But while sensors indicated he was dead to the crew, they were wrong. Watney has survived and has been left behind with no way of communicating with the crew or with NASA back on Earth and definitely not enough supplies to make it until the Ares 4 crew arrives on the planet years from now. But he’s not one to just give up without trying and plans to use both his engineering and botany training to see just how long he can make it and if there might be some way to let those back at home know he is okay.
Read my review from January 17 for more on this title.