85 Fiction Recommended By Startups


The Martian | Ready Player One | The Circle | Super Sad True Love Story | The Player of Games | Quarantine | After On | The Perversity of Things

1. The Martian by Andy Weir and Weir, Andy

The Sunday Times Bestseller behind the major new film from Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m…


2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Ernie Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wa…


3. The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work…


4. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

The brilliantly inventive, wildly funny and humane new novel, set in an economically and politically collapsed America, by the author of the best-selling Absurdistan.


5. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks and Iain Banks

The Culture — a human/machine symbiotic society — has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of ever…


6. Quarantine by Greg Egan

It’s late in the 21st century and bioengineering is now so common that people are able to modify their minds in any way they wish. It is an era which has been shaped by information…


7. After On by Rob Reid

The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrus…


8. The Perversity of Things by Hugo Gernsback

In 1905, a young Jewish immigrant from Luxembourg founded an electrical supply shop in New York. This inventor, writer, and publisher Hugo Gernsback would later become famous for l…


9. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein and Robert Anson Heinlein

The original uncut edition of STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Hugo Award winner Robert A Heinlein — one of the most beloved, celebrated science-fiction novels of all time. Epic, ambi…


10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind Fr…


11. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears h…


12. Year Zero by Rob Reid

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet. Worse, they were lawyering up. . . . In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to …


13. The Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei

An NYRB Classics Original The hero of The Invisibility Cloak lives in contemporary Beijing — where everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success while shouldering a…


14. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whisk…


15. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously…


16. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

When the National Security Agency’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a bri…


17. Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

AN EXTRAORDINARILY RESONANT AND PROPHETIC COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE SHORT FICTION FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY ERA BY DEBUT AUTHOR ALEXANDER WEINSTEIN Children of the New World introduces re…


18. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

A monumental new novel from the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” to or…


19. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being danc…


20. Zero K by Don DeLillo

The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time — an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a …


21. Animal Farm by George Orwell and Andrew Lemmer

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan b…


22. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Mira Nair

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a han…


23. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The second book, following last year’s My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have impri…


24. Open City by Teju Cole

A New York Times Notable Book • One of the ten top novels of the year — Time and NPR NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING The New Yorker • The Atla…


25. Keep Mars Weird by Neal Pollack

Several hundred years in the future, a depopulated Earth has become a tolerant, progressive paradise. What could be better — or duller? Meanwhile, Mars is home to New Austi…


26. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Maurice Sendak

“I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began ‘This is the best book ever.’” — Anna Quindlen, The New York Times “A classic….


27. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling trilogy. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier…


28. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King…


29. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he real…


30. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Erasmas, ‘Raz’, is a young avout living in the Concent, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers. Three times during history’s darkest epochs, violence has inva…


31. Wool by Hugh Howey and Jimmy Palmiotti

In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group’s rules for years, to go outside, se…


32. Reamde by Neal Stephenson

Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T’Rain — an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet ha…


33. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest …


34. The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Joe Penhall

‘The first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation. Here is an American classic which, at a stroke, makes McCarthy a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature’ Andre…


35. Purity by Jonathan Franzen

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130…


36. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The Wheel o…


37. Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami and Jay Rubin

First American Publication This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now …


38. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie S…


39. Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey

Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan. As her husband scrambles to figure out wha…


40. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life — mostly s…


41. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and François Rivière

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger f…


42. Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card

The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, Harrison F…


43. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

“Borges’s composed, carefully wrought, gnarled style is at once the means of his art and its object — his way of ordering and giving meaning to the bizarre and terrifying world he cr…


44. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic 13-year-old dropout with a passion for Talking Heads. A hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. A one-armed b…


45. Taipei by Tao Lin

A Slate Best Book of the Year From one of this generation’s most talked about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal, powerful, and moving novel about family, relationships,…


46. Bear by Marian Engel

A lonely woman journeys toward inner freedom and strengths and a sense of communion with all living creatures


47. Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson’s best book ever. Total For 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now…


48. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Decades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of hi…


49. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.” Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.” Jeffery Deaver says that “fiction doesn’t get any bett…


50. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize | Named One of the Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly,…


51. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey and James S. A. Corey

The first book in the New York Times bestselling Expanse sequence, now a major new TV series from SyFy. Humanity has colonised the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt …


52. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of King Lear marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution, in a story told at various past and future times from the per…


53. One Second After by William R. Forstchen

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his…


54. Bill, The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero is written by Harry Harrison who is also the author of Deathworld, Make Room! Make Room! (filmed as Soylent Green), the popular Stainless Steel Rat books, a…


55. The Fermata by Nicholson Baker

Arno Strine, a thirty-five-year-old office temp and aspiring writer at work on his autobiography, uses his power to stop time in order to remove women’s clothes while they are susp…


56. Look to Windward by Iain Banks and Iain M. Banks

A Chelgrian emissary is sent to the Masaq’ Orbital to bring Ziller, a famous but reclusive Chelgrian composer, home, on a mission that also has a top-secret purpose that will take …


57. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

“Dazzlingly original.” — Daily Mail “Gripping, touching and funny.” — TLS The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very …


58. The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

The Interrogative Mood is Powell’s playful and profound response to life, a bebop solo of a book in which every sentence is a question.


59. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Percy’s National Book Award­–winning classic: A young man, torn between the forces of tradition and change, searches for meaning in post-war AmericaOn the cusp of his thirtieth bir…


60. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

The “riveting”(The Washington Post) #1 international bestseller — now in paperback in the U.S. In the tradition of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, here is a thrilling histori…


61. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of T…


62. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST “[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-see…


63. B-More Careful by Shannon Holmes

Growing up on the cold, mean, inner city streets of Baltimore is Netta, leader of an all-girl clique called the Pussy Pound. With no father and a dope fiend for a mother, Netta lea…


64. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This lavishly produced edition features 40 of Tomislav Torjanacs beautiful four-color illustrations, bringing “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel to splendid, eye-popping life. First publi…


65. The Brothers K by David James Duncan

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK Once in a great while a writer comes along who can truly capture the drama and passion of the life of a family. David James Duncan, author of the nove…


66. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and General Press

No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beaut…


67. The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins

The book no one can stop talking about . . . In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts…


68. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Green John

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gor…


69. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Kellee Patterson

Cat’s Cradle (1963) is Vonnegut’s most ambitious novel, which put into the language terms like “wampeter”, “kerass” and “granfalloon” as well as a structured religion, Boskonism an…


70. East of Eden by John Steinbeck and J. Steinbeck

A portrait of small-town life in the early 1900s.


71. Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling

In a near-future new age of corporate control, hacker mercenaries, and electronic terrorism, a public relations executive on the rise finds herself caught in the violent epicenter …


72. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Stunning new edition of the enchanting story of the very special relationship between Danny and his Dad.


73. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

Zou Lei is an illegal immigrant who works at a Chinese restaurant in Queens in search of a better life in the ‘Land of the Brave’. Brad Skinner has recently arrived in New York fol…


74. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler

Butler’s acclaimed Xenogenesis trilogy about humanity’s struggle for survival after nuclear apocalypse, and the alien race that could save the world — or destroy it The newest stage …


75. Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent wo…


76. Inferno by Dante and Dante Alighieri

In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante’s vivid images — the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic — are rendered…


77. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and oneof the…


78. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was ex…


79. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel on the human aspects of war


80. Fight Song by Joshua Mohr

When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor’s SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffin. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To…


81. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

An io9 Can’t Miss Science Fiction and Fantasy title in March 2014. Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to realit…


82. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Decimated by drought, Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, waiting. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Ve…


83. Tenth of December by George Saunders

WINNER OF THE 2014 FOLIO PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013 George Saunders’s most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates …


84. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

Contains an exclusive preview of Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. In Port Royal, a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses, life can end swiftly. But f…


85. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book — a phenomenal #1 best…


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