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Try a Chapter – Sci-Fi Edition

November first and Sci-Fi Month has started! For a change I decided to start the month with a tag. But not just any tag. The Try a Chapter tag. I am going to let it loose on my sci-fi tbr for this month, see what catches my attention and what I am starting with first.

The Rules

  1. Choose 5+ books you’ve been meaning to read.
  2. Read up to the first chapter, prologue included.
  3. Decide if you’ll complete it or set it aside.

The Books

Invictus / Time Travel / History

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In Transit / Dystopia

In the year 2275 Rheyn B-71 and Levya C-35 decide to visit the Grauwers during their vacation as a sort of celebration to graduation. Grauwers are apes who resemble homo sapiens a lot. But when they visit they start to doubt these are really apes when they wear clothes and live in houses. Are homo sapiens really extinct?

Nyxia / Space Travel

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

The Three-Body Problem / Aliens

In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death.
Shortly after, she’s falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye’s work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title.

The Extinction Trials / Dystopia / Dino’s

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.
In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.
But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…


So I started the first bit of The Three-Body Problem and I didn’t finish the chapter. Not because it isn’t good but because with my current mental health I knew I would have a hard time focusing on this book that starts with some of China’s revolutions.

Than I read the first chapter to In Transit. This was very easy to get into and the first chapter already ended on a cliffhanger. It left me feeling very curious.

With Invictus I only read the prologue and not the first chapter but it was already enough to get my attention. The idea of time travel and the birth of a child grabbed me and I am curious to see where this story will go.

Next was The Extinction Trials. The first chapter was only a page and a half and didn’t touch on the trialls or the dinosaur’s.

And lastly was Nyxia. There aren’t real chapters in this book. But more different time points from what I can see. Even so. The first real scene in that was a few pages long and interesting enough to grab my attention. It lays out why our main character is jumping into the offer being made and what that offer is. And still leaves a lot of things open to discover.


I have decided that from these five I will be reading In Transit first. The cliffhanger and the easiness to get into this book is what I need right now. After that I am going to go with Invictus as I am interested and it is a standalone as In Transit is. After that I want to have a go with Nyxia and its sequel (if I am feeling it).

While I think I might like The Three-Body Problem my mental health would stop me from being able to fully grasp and concentrate on this story. I think that would be a shame. So I am going to push it to next year when I hopefully will feel better. The Extinction Trialls didn’t offer enough to interest me. If I have time this November I might pick it up. However there is a good chance I’m going to push it back to next year as well.

19 thoughts on “Try a Chapter – Sci-Fi Edition

  1. Oooh love this! In Transit does sound really good- very much my kind of thing haha. Nyxia also sounds good! I liked Invictus a lot, and Extinction Trials… I mean, it isn’t bad (the dinosaurs DO really come into play, if that helps) but I haven’t picked up the sequel, don’t know if I will? A solid maybe hahah. Hope you enjoy the ones you end up reading!

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  2. What an interesting tag!!! I love this concept as a way to cull the TBR pile and get a solid start on a new book. Have you done this before? If so, is this effective?

    I haven’t read any of these books, but The Three Body Problem is high on my TBR… That said, it sounds like I also might need to be in the right mood for this to hook me. XD

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    1. This is the first time I’ve done it but I liked it. I at least prioritized some books this way for sci-fi month so that was a good thing for sure.

      Yeah I am so curious about it but I know that I might need to sit down with it with a good frame of mind and no toddler in the vicinity for a few hours (or at least for the start haha).


  3. These all sound great except for Invictus, which makes me cry because I loved and adored The Walled City. After I was disappointed about the Alternate History (not my thing) Wolf by Wolf books, I was hoping that her next offering would would be a subgenre I liked, but time travel is also not my cup of tea. *big frowny face* 😩

    This tag is cool. 👍✨

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    1. Ja ik dacht dat ik dat ook lastig zou vinden maar het is wel fijn om even een goed idee te hebben van de boeken en gevoel er voor te krijgen. Op die manier weet ik ook echt wat ik eerst wil lezen. Maar ik ga dit ook niet iedere maand doen want het kost wel tijd haha.

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