What are the best sci-fi books with female main characters?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Sharon Olson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Katniss Everdeen is the hero our young people need to look up to right now. This heroine is brave, selfless, and works hard for the people around her. You will go on an emotional rollercoaster seeing how beautiful and brutal this futuristic world has become. I have never read a book so fast in my life, I truly could not put it down. I can’t wait to read the next two books and see how this story ends."
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    #2The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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    Vishal Sen
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "The result could be a bit better. It needs more sci-fi elements. However, it does have the female lead element I was looking for. It is also available on a good, trustworthy site that I already use"
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    #3Dragonflight (The Dragonriders of Pern)

    Dragonflight (The Dragonriders of Pern)
    Dragonflight is a science fiction novel by award-winning author, Anne McCaffrey. It tells the story of a girl named Lessa and her dragon as they try to save their homeland, Pern. It is the first book of the Dragonriders of Pern series.
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    Theresa Peterson
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Dragonflight opened me up to the world of Pern, and more importantly the world of science fiction! It's as fantastic now as it was when I read it in middle school 20 years ago. I go back and reread it every so often. Anne McCaffrey was a genius, and the world lost an amazing author when she left it. "
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    #4A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    James Harper
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I had read this book when I was a kid, but picked it up on a whim recently when I did a month of reading women writers, and I was delighted again by it. As an adult, you can enjoy aspects of it that probably went over your head when you were younger -- especially the simply superb descriptive writing. An the characterization is really wonderful."
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    #5The Ship Who Sang

    The Ship Who Sang
    The Ship Who Sang is a 1969 novel by the acclaimed science fiction author,  Anne McCaffrey. It tells the story of  Helva, who is a cyborg—a human and spaceship hybrid. It is the first book of the Brainship series.
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    Gerald Hunt
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "good solution. main character is female"
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    #6Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)

    Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)
    Shards of Honor is a 1986 science fiction romance novel by Lois McMaster Bujold. It tells the story of Cordelia Naismith and her reluctant relationship with her archnemesis, Aral Vorkosigan. It is the first book in the Vorkosigan Saga.
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    Divya Tambe
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I love sci-fi books, and especially when they have female lead characters, so this book was right up my alley. The only thing I'll say is that it has a lot going on, so it's not the kind of book to put down for a long period of time, because you'll probably be lost the next time you get back into it."
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    #7Valor's Choice (Confederation Series)

    Valor's Choice (Confederation Series)
    Valor's Choice is a military science fiction novel by Tanya Huff that tells the story of Sergeant Torin Kerr and her platoon as they try to survive a shipwreck. Valor's Choice is the first book in the Confederation series.
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    Henry Mason
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "It seems funny to be reading military science fiction with the main characters being female, but Valor's Choice pulls this off very well. I found this to be a well-written story that has a lot of action and really makes for a thrilling read. I was usually sitting at the edge of my seat from this entertaining sci fi adventure."
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    #8Divergent

    Divergent

    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is highly popular for a reason. It's a great book for teens who are entering a world where they too are going to have to make decisions about who they are going to be and what groups they are going to associate with. The main character, is a strong, well-written female character who struggles with the limits put on her in the post-apocalyptic Chicago in which they live. I would definitely recommend, especially for young readers who are ready to graduate to more mature content. "
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    #9The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age is a Neal Stephenson cyber-punk book. While it is set in the 21st, century it shows a futuristic world where its inhabitants keep a Victorian state of mind and education putting a steampunk mood to the cyberpunk.

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I like reading stories where women are the main focus. I was not disappointed when I read this one. It was exactly what I was looking for."
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    #10Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.

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    Jane Chapman
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I was looking for a book with a great female main character. This book definitely provides that. It's female main character is strong, brave and interesting."
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    #11Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Marco Antonio Santillán
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Yes, this really is the best sci-fi book with female a main character! My brother and I watched this whole series together and it was a blast we stayed plastered to the TV. It's thrilling and exciting. It has it all!"
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    #12Trading in Danger (Vatta's War)

    Trading in Danger (Vatta's War)
    Kylara Vatta is the only girl in a family of sons and her father is the only of his family to choose a military career instead of the family business, the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. 
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    Mary Flores
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "On the hunt for the perfect sci-fi book with a smart, ambitious female main character? Problem solved, there is a solution and it's called Trading in Danger (Vatta's War). Without spoiling this read for anyone, it is a bit of a slow build of characters and backstory, but the set up is more than worth it."
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    #13Grimspace (Sirantha Jax)

    Grimspace (Sirantha Jax)

    Grimspace (Sirantha Jax Book 1) is a science fiction novel written by Ann Aguirre. Originally published in 2008, it focuses on Sirantha Jax, a human with a genetic anomaly that allows her to jump ships through grimspace.

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    Cynthia Berry
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is the best solution for bored teens during the summer. Bought this book for my niece ad it held her attention to the last page. Then she loaned it to her best friend and both girls have talked about this book all summer! This is a Sci Fi classic and a must read for all."
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    #14The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris)

    The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris)

    The Alecto Initiative is a military science fiction novel by Jordan Leah Hunter and Owen R. O'Neill. It tells the story of Loralynn, who gets a taste of freedom after eight years as a slave. It is the first book in the Loralynn Kennakris series.

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    Jordan Day
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "this a really great book you should read it now "
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    #15Mutineer (Kris Longknife)

    Mutineer (Kris Longknife)
    Mutineer is a science fiction novel by Mike Shepherd that tells the story of Kris Longknife, a Navy officer who leads a mutiny after discovering a scheme to instigate a war with Earth. It is the first book in the Kris Longknife series.
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    Charles Pearson
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The main character is admirable and easy to root for. A lot of the plot requires the reader to suspend disbelief a considerable amount. Those who are sensitive to plot holes may want to skip it. But for most, this is a page turner, at at 400 pages, there's a lot to turn. "
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    #16Chronic City

    Chronic City
    Chronic City is a science fiction novel written by Jonathan Lethem, first published in 2009 by Doubleday. Set in Manhattan, it tells the story of Chase Insteadman, a socialite, living in a world governed by never-ending routine.
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    Arthur Jimenez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A searing and wildly entertaining love letter to New York City from the bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude. Chase Insteadman, former child television star, has a new role in life—permanent guest on the Upper East Side dinner party circuit, where he is consigned to talk about his astronaut fiancée, Janice Trumbull, who is trapped on a circling Space Station. A chance encounter collides Chase with Perkus Tooth, a wily pop culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the best marijuana in town. Despite their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus discover they have a lot in common, including a cast of friends from all walks of life in Manhattan. Together and separately they attempt to define the indefinable, and enter into a quest for the most elusive of things: truth and authenticity in a city where everything has a price. "
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    #17My Enemy, My Ally (Star Trek)

    My Enemy, My Ally (Star Trek)

    My Enemy, My Ally is the eighteenth book in Star Trek: The Original Series written by Diane Duane. It is about Romulan commander Ael who teams up with her old enemy Vulcan to release the captive Vulcans and destroy the research laboratory.

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    Brittany Jenkins
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is an ok book. It highlights female characters in the main part of the story. "
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    #18A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)

    A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)
    A Soldier's Duty is a military science fiction novel by Jean Johnson. It tells the story of Ia, a female Space Marin with prophetic abilities who is determined use her gift for good. It is the first book in the Theirs Not to Reason Why series.
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    Jack Vasquez
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Recently there's been a plethora of high quality sci-fi books with female leads and "A Soldier's Duty" is high on the list. Ia, the main character of this gripping novel is an absolute badass. She initially is tasked with finding a way to save the world in 300 years so she enlists as a soldier to hopefully gain the skills to do just that. She is so inspiring that a legend grows about her exploits and people hundreds of years later know her by the name "Bloody Mary." "
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    #19On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)

    On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)
    On Silver Wings is a military science fiction novel by Evan Currie. It tells the story of Sgt. Sorilla Aida, who must fight to rescue the Colony from imminent danger. It is the first book in the Hayden War Cycle. 
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    Ethan Mendoza
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "it looks like a lot of people like this book, i can't think of many that fit the topic so i would say it is probably among the best"

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Best What are the best sci-fi books with female main characters
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Hunger GamesBooks 39 Paid
2The Handmaid's TaleBooks 34 Paid
3Dragonflight (The Dragonriders of Pern)Books 32 Paid
4A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 29 Paid
5The Ship Who SangBooks 27 Paid
6Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)Books 25 Paid
7Valor's Choice (Confederation Series)Books 23 Paid
8DivergentBooks 20 Paid
9The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated PrimerBooks 20 Paid
10Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)Books 17 Paid
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