The Best Techno-thriller Books of 2020 and 2019
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 technothriller books of 2020 and 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.
The Enigma Cube by Douglas E. Richards (2020)
In the new near-future thriller of the author, we meet with an alien “cube” which identity and purpose are unknown. The whole story feels so realistic that it could even happen just after the pandemic in 2020. After people finally realize the time travel feature of the cube, the main characters in the story face with a lot of moral decisions. What if they could alter the past?
Randomize (Forward Collection) by Andy Weir (2019)
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 (Forward Collection) by Blake Crouch (2019)
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.
CyberSpace(Cyber Series Book 1) by Matthew Mather (2020)
This book is the sequel to success book CyberStorm. Six years passed since the events of the last book, after the slow start the protagonist quickly find himself in the middle of wild rollecoaster ride. CyberSpace is a typical fast-paced thriller at its best.
Winter World by A.G. Riddle (2019)
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 (2019)
Book two of The Long Winter series, Riddle now takes you from unraveling a mystery in the first book to a fight for survival in the second. A gripping and exciting read, the book closely follows the events of Winter World and I can’t say more without spoiling both books.
Northern Fury by Bart Gauvin and Joel Radunzel (2019)
Book one of the Northern Fury Series, this book explores a fictional World War III that starts off in the 90s. If you enjoyed the Tom Clancy classic Red Storm Rising, you’ll definitely enjoy this ride. Bauvin and Radunzel expertly combine the geopolitics of the period and high-tension military action with H-Hour.
Recursion by Blake Crouch (2019)
Winner of 2019 Goodreads Choice of Award in Sci-Fi category. Blake had a really good year with engaging stories like Recursion. In the following years, his style will define the sci-fi mainstream.
Deadland Drifter by J.N. Chaney and Ell Leigh Clarke (2020)
The cyberpunk genre will grow stronger in the upcoming years, and Deadland Drifter will be a strong book in the line. Mysterious events are happening to Jack Burner and once he awakes from his awkward situation his only thought is about to buy time, to reveal what is happening in the city, why he had to kill an admiral?
2019 was definitely a great year for the technothriller niche. The start of 2020 was really strong with a lot of good upcoming titles, and while the year’s not over yet, these books are a strong representation of the genre and any fan, casual or hardcore will definitely enjoy these.