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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read When You Want to Escape Reality

We asked members of our Unbound World’s Facebook Group which books they turn to when they need an escape from reality. Here are the results!

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    The Dragonbone Chair Book Cover Picture
    The Dragonbone Chair Book Cover Picture

    The Dragonbone Chair

    by Tad Williams

    Discover the bestselling epic fantasy trilogy about a young castle servant who saves his kingdom from evil, defined Tad Williams as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.  A war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for the High King, lies dying. Simon, a kitchen boy from the royal castle, will be sent on a quest that offers the only hope of salvation, a deadly riddle concerning long-lost swords of power. Compelled by fate and perilous magics, he must leave the only home he’s ever known and face enemies more terrifying than Osten Ard has ever seen, even as the land itself begins to die.
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    The Dragonbone Chair Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Magicians (TV Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Magicians (TV Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Magicians

    by Lev Grossman

    In the Magicians trilogy, Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of novels set in a magical land called Fillory. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to a secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may have come true. But his newfound powers lead to disillusionment, and the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined . . .
    The Magicians (TV Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Magicians (TV Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    I, Robot Book Cover Picture
    I, Robot Book Cover Picture

    I, Robot

    by Isaac Asimov

    I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world—all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark.
    I, Robot Book Cover Picture
    I, Robot Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Shadowmarch Book Cover Picture
    Shadowmarch Book Cover Picture

    Shadowmarch

    by Tad Williams

    Shadowmarch begins Tad Williams’ first epic fantasy trilogy since his best-selling Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Rich with detail and exotic culture, and filled with a cast of characters both diverse and three-dimensional, Shadowmarch is a true fantasy achievement, an epic of storytelling by a master of the genre.
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    Shadowmarch Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Akata Warrior Book Cover Picture

    Akata Warrior

    by Nnedi Okorafor

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    Akata Warrior Book Cover Picture

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    $11.99

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    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture
    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture

    The Bear and the Nightingale

    by Katherine Arden

    In the first novel in the Winternight trilogy, Vasilisa love to sit by the fire to listen to her nurse’s fairy tales. They honor the spirits that protect their home from evil. But when Vasya’s father brings home a new wife she forbids honoring spirits. Misfortune begins to stalk the village. Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Kingdom of Back Book Cover Picture
    The Kingdom of Back Book Cover Picture

    The Kingdom of Back

    by Marie Lu

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    The Kingdom of Back Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture
    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture

    The Starless Sea

    by Erin Morgenstern

    Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a student when he discovers a mysterious book that contains a story from his own childhood. Desperate to make sense of this, Zachary uncovers clues that lead him to an ancient library. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed to protect this realm, and of those intent on its destruction. Zachary travels this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
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    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Assassin’s Apprentice

    by Robin Hobb

    In the Farseer Trilogy series, Fitz is the bastard son of a noble, raised in the shadow. He is outcast by all except a devious king, who tutors him as an assassin. In Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill. As raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz will soon face his first dangerous mission. Though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
    Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    The Lies of Locke Lamora Book Cover Picture
    The Lies of Locke Lamora Book Cover Picture

    The Lies of Locke Lamora

    by Scott Lynch

    In the Gentleman Bastards series, an orphan’s life is harsh in Camorr, but Locke Lamora dodges death, becoming a thief and the leader of the Gentleman Bastards. Locke is soon infamous. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious. Faced with the destruction of everything meaningful in his life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
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    The Lies of Locke Lamora Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $8.99

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    The Wrath & the Dawn Book Cover Picture
    The Wrath & the Dawn Book Cover Picture

    The Wrath & the Dawn

    by Renée Ahdieh

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    The Wrath & the Dawn Book Cover Picture

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    $10.99

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    Perdido Street Station Book Cover Picture
    Perdido Street Station Book Cover Picture

    Perdido Street Station

    by China Miéville

    In the first novel in the Bas-Lag series, Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a creature known as the Garuda comes to him, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. While his experiments turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a caterpillar that grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader’s imagination.
    Perdido Street Station Book Cover Picture
    Perdido Street Station Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $20.00

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    Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Foreigner

    by C. J. Cherryh

    This long-running, Locus Award-nominated series tells the epic tale of a sole human diplomat, Bren Cameron, on a planet inhabited by a hostile, intelligent, non-human race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey. 
    Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    Foreigner: 10th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $9.99

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    Storm Front Book Cover Picture
    Storm Front Book Cover Picture

    Storm Front

    by Jim Butcher

    Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, gets down to business investigating paranormal crime in the Dresden Files series. In the first novel in the series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…
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    Storm Front Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    1984 Book Cover Picture
    1984 Book Cover Picture

    1984

    by George Orwell

    Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…
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    1984 Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Runes of the Earth Book Cover Picture
    The Runes of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    The Runes of the Earth

    by Stephen R. Donaldson

    In the first novel in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Cove series, Thomas Covenant was transported while unconscious to a magical, dreamlike world called the Land. Convinced it was a delusion, he was christened The Unbeliever by the Land’s inhabitants—but still gave his life to save this new-found world. Ten years after his death, Linden Avery still mourns for her beloved companion. A violent confrontation with Covenant’s son forces her into the Land, where a dark malevolence is about to unmake the laws of life and death itself. It is here that she comes upon a creature of strange powers who draws Linden through time to reinvent the mysterious, dangerous, and violent history of the land.
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    The Runes of the Earth Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Smokin' Seventeen Book Cover Picture
    Smokin' Seventeen Book Cover Picture

    Smokin’ Seventeen

    by Janet Evanovich

    What New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum lacks in skill and experience, she makes up for with tenacity, luck, and her true talent . . . the ability to attract disaster, killers, and general nut jobs. If she needs help there is always her mentor, Ranger, a security expert with a dark past, and Trenton P.D.’s Joe Morelli, a homicide detective who shares a past—and sometimes a present—with Stephanie.
    Smokin' Seventeen Book Cover Picture
    Smokin' Seventeen Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    The Name of the Wind

    by Patrick Rothfuss

    The Kingkiller Chronicle series  is a Locus Award-winning fantasy series tells the story of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. The Name of the Wind is the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $40.00

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