The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey:
Anyone who knows me knows I love the dystopian post-apocalyptic genre, and zombies in particular. I didn't realize this book had been made in to a movie but I can understand why. This novel is a twist on the usual survivor perspective in this post "Breakdown" setting, and I thoroughly enjoyed following the characters through their individual journeys.
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin:
A really fascinatingly structured story that leaves you with a building "aha!" as you get closer to the end. Maybe others figured it out earlier, but it took me a while. The central character is interesting and well-developed, possessing powers to protect her loved ones, and/ or tear the world apart. This is part of a series and I cannot wait to get to the rest of the story!
Pretty much anything you pick up by Butler is original and amazing.Such a trail-blazing talent.
MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY:
Brilliant books by an incredible author.
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin:
Le Guin also wrote The Left Hand of Darkness and many other excellent titles.
I'm considering adding "R.R" as my middle initials so I can grow up to be like J.R.R. Tolkien, and George R.R. Martin. Masters of world-building in fantasy fiction.