Asexuality is defined by a lack of sexual attraction to others. Sometimes, this can make it more difficult to see than an identity that’s defined by a specific type of attraction. Luckily, this hasn’t stopped these fiction authors from writing phenomenal asexual characters into their stories. Here are some of my favorite asexual fiction books with explicit and accurate representation!
Loveless by Alice Oseman
For any Heartstopper fans, this author should seem a little familiar. Loveless by asexual author Alice Osemen follows Georgia and her search for romance at her university. Georgia is an avid fan of love stories, but she’s never even had a crush on anyone. Over the course of the story, Georgia questions her romantic and sexual identities, as well as the worth of romantic love.
I love this book because it’s explicitly about being aromantic and asexual. It includes everything from the introduction and definition of these terms to a conclusion that emphasizes the value of platonic relationships, which are just as important as romantic ones. Ultimately, the novel is one of self discovery and self acceptance.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
If you like Alice Oseman and want more asexual fiction from her, I would also recommend Radio Silence. This is a coming of age novel about teenager Frances, who struggles with her relationship between academia and self worth. Like Loveless, Radio Silence emphasizes the importance of friendship.
I like that Radio Silence isn’t afraid to dive into the specificities of asexuality. While it’s rare to see explicit asexual representation in fiction, it’s even rarer to see sexualities that fall under the asexual umbrella. Here, Aled is explicitly described as demisexual, which means that he’s only sexually attracted to people he has a strong emotional connection with. Aled’s identity isn’t a major plot point, but Oseman takes time to acknowledge and explain it, which I really liked.
The Last Chronomancer by Reilyn Hardy
The Last Chronomancer by asexual indie author Reilyn Hardy is a YA fantasy read. When Mae’s best friend Jace is forced to flee his life of safety and normalcy in town, Mae feels he has to follow. The two end up embarking on various quests, all while Mae grapples with a curse on his bloodline.
I really like this book for the casual representation it brings to asexual literature. Mae, the protagonist, is aromantic and asexual, but his asexuality has nothing to do with the plot. It isn’t a big deal, it’s just a normal fact about him. The Last Chronomancer is great for casual representation in general, as it also features a bigender character and a disabled character who are important to the plot.
If you enjoy The Last Chronomancer, Hardy came out with a sequel called The Midnight Strider. Unfortunately, it’s currently out of print.
The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz
If you love sci-fi or romance, then The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz is for you! This novella follows the blossoming relationship between Clara, a technician, and Sal, one of the last fully autonomous robots in the world.
I wanted to feature this novella because it’s a really well done asexual romance story. It provides some important representation for people who are asexual, but not aromantic. It can be easy for people to lump these terms together, especially if you’re not familiar with them. This is why it’s so refreshing and exciting when I get to read a good asexual romance!
City of Strife by Claudie Arsenault
City of Strife is the first in a series of three complex, high fantasy novels by asexual author Claudie Arsenault. This book follows Arathiel, who has returned to Isandor after 130 years, and his quest for a sense of home. He makes unlikely friendships along the way, and he ultimately must decide if they are worth fighting to protect.
This book features not one or two, but three asexual characters, all with different experiences and different identities. The rest of the main cast also falls somewhere into the LGBTQ+ category. Apart from the wonderful representation, I just really enjoyed the story. There are so many interesting things going on in Arsenault’s world, but what really does it for me is the characters. I love the way that they interact with each other.
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