Technothrillers have always been one of my favorite genres to read about. This crazy and eclectic mix of action, sci-fi, and military fiction coupled with an almost insane amount of technical (real or imagined) detail will always be dear to me. The genre is also unique in the way it presents the dynamics between technology and societal or ethical issues, which, despite the high technology and detailed science talk, make it visceral and relatable as it brings forward questions that make us think about our own roles to play in this world.

In this post, we round-up the top 5 technothriller books of 2019, whether you’re just starting to explore the genre or a seasoned connoisseur, these five books would be good additions to your to-read list for the rest of the year.

Randomize by Andy Weir

Randomize (Forward Collection) by Andy Weir – Weir hit a home run with The Martian and Randomize is no different. Part of the Forward Collection, Randomize is set in the near future, where a heist takes place in the high-tech Babylon Casino. Andy Weir continues his penchant for writing smart and intelligent stories, as we follow a tech genius in his ploy to outsmart the casino’s quantum computer.

Summer Frost by Blake Crouch

Summer Frost (Forward Collection) by Blake Crouch – The best selling author of the Wayward Pines Trilogy, explores the essence of being human with Summer Frost. Crouch weaves a crafty almost introspective tale around a video game developer becoming obsessed with a minor character from the game she’s building.

Winter World by A.G. Riddle

Winter World by A.G. Riddle – Bestselling author A.G. Riddle, crafts an apocalyptical tale of a second ice age, a mysterious object near Mars, and the race to stave off an extinction-level event. A beautifully written, character focused tale that makes you question our place amongst the stars. Winter World is book one of Riddle’s The Long Winter series.

The Solar War by A.G. Riddle