Looking ahead at the SF and fantasy being published in the next few months, I just want to hole up in a remote cabin with lots of firewood and ramen noodles and not let myself be distracted by anything except reading.
Here are a handful of titles that will be at the top of my reading pile:
Jeff VanderMeer – Borne: VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy mesmerized readers with its beguiling and strange story. Borne promises to be just as weird and wild, delighting readers at the end of April.
Robyn Bennis – The Guns Above: Meet Josette Dupre, the first female airship captain in the Corps. Thrumming with action and peril, Bennis’s debut novel is a mix of steampunk and military fantasy. What more could you wish for? The Guns Above is among my most anticipated books of the spring.
M. R. Carey – The Boy on the Bridge: Set in the same world as The Girl with All the Gifts, Carey’s May release spotlights a boy who is forced out to live among “the monsters.” I was a wee bit underwhelmed by last year’s Fellside, so I’m trying to temper my hopes. But really, it’s impossible. I’m giddy.
Ian McDonald – Luna: Wolf Moon: Return to the Moon and the nasty interfamily and intercompany feuds that so far have wiped one family from existence, with the exception of three children of the Corta clan. But when an ascending rival family suffers a breathtaking assault, suspicions rise that maybe the Cortas shouldn’t be counted out after all. The Guardian called the previous book in this series, “A Game of Moons, if you will.” And that’s a perfect description.
Claudia Grey – Defy the Stars: Grey, whose number of fans continues to multiply, pens another YA novel in space, this time pitting humanity against the rise of AI. But as a young warrior and a machine named Abel are forced to rely on each other to survive, they discover that perhaps they aren’t enemies after all. Defy the Stars has won starred reviews from Kirkus and from Publishers Weekly, making this one of the season’s hottest YA SF novels.
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