Today’s prompt for SciFiMonth is ‘Kickass herione.’ For me characters can make or break a story. So I love a good heroine! This blog post features my favourite heroines in SciFi books.
Kady from Illuminae
“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”
At the day Kady breaks up with her boyfriend, the planet where she lives is attacked. Three spaceships manage to save most of the inhabitants. On the spaceship, life doesn’t get easier for Kady. But she keeps going and never gives up. Kady’s persistence and bravery are so admirable! I also love her sarcasm. It is definitively some kind of coping mechanism for her. But even when the situation is very bad, she does make things look a little bit brighter with a sarcastic comment.
Katniss from The Hunger Games
“I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can’t own.”
If someone had to sort Katniss in a Hogwarts house, the most obvious choice would be Gryffindor. It’s clear that she is a true heroine with a lot of courage. But I admire Katniss, because she also has some Hufflepuff qualities. It was not only brave to volunteer instead of her sister, the sacrifice was out of love for her family. What she does for Rue during the Hunger Games is rebellious, but a sign of friendship too.
Daiyu from Want
“I had expected you girls to be soft. And yes, being coddled and spoiled as they were. […] now I knew that she was fearless.”
Although Want has a male protagonist, there are many amazing female characters in the book. It was hard to choose one, but I think the character development of Daiyu was most interesting. At the start of the book she is seen as the enemy. Jason Zhou and his friends are doomed to get sick and die young from the polluted air. They want to bring down the international Jin Corporation. This company not only manufactures protective suits for the rich people, but also may be responsible for the pollution. Daiyu is the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. But Daiyu is not what she seems. She is actually smart, daring and kind and does some pretty heroic things. I’m looking forward to reading more about her in Ruse!
Cia from The Testing
“Take my time. Never second-guess myself. Almost always my first instinct will be the correct one.”
Cia is one of my favourite characters, because I could easily identify with her while reading. If I would be in her situation, I probably would make the same choices. Just like me, Cia is kind, compassionate and most of her decisions are well-thought out. I think she is one of the most realistic heroines I read about. She is not extremely intelligent and doesn’t have any special talents. Cia just uses common sense and trusts her intuition.