If it weren’t for retellings of stories from long ago that desperately need fresher takes, we wouldn’t have Disney…
Don’t worry: I won’t spoil anything here if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but regardless, go out and see the movie if you want to be truly amazed.
Alright, so I don’t really think there’s stuff we’re not meant to know – vive la science! – but a lot of people were talking about aliens (and Monty Python – Twitter, never change), so here are some books about aliens to start knowing some things. Maybe. The truth is out there!
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
This is a great start for anyone who likes their sci-fi light and lush, with enough cyborgs, psychics, and space travel to satisfy more die-hard fans. Set in futuristic Beijing, this well wrought fairy tale retelling features plague, sisterhood, and a robot who’ll be your favorite character. What more could you want? Crime? Formal wear? A lost foot? All that and more, plus, your book hangover will be delayed for quite a while, because there are several excellent sequels and a delightful graphic novel companion series. And did I mention Cinder is a mechanic? She’s a mechanic. Heart eyes.
These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Quick question – are you ready to suffer? This is a good book, maybe even a great one, but it’s going to break your entire heart and not even be sorry. Two strangers, the only survivors of a massive spaceliner crash, try to find their way across an alien landscape to the ship’s wreckage and hope of rescue. An unlikely pair, an heiress and a former soldier must work together not only to survive harsh conditions on dwindling hope, but to discover the secrets of this planet, long hidden, and more lovely and terrible than they could have imagined. Like I said, this one’ll hurt, but read it anyway. It’s earned.
Binti – Nnedi Okorafor
Confession; this one’s from my TBR. But it’s at the top of the list! Brutal, large scale war against terrifying aliens, an intergalactic university, and the terrible pull of leaving the Earth behind. Clocking in at under a hundred pages, this is definitely a quick read, but don’t worry about being abandoned – it’s the first of three novellas. Plus, we always, always stan a heroine who’s good at math. Isn’t that the dream? Be good at math, and risk death to go to space school? Don’t boo me, I’m right.
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The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse
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Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.
This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
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You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.
Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.
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Marissa Meyer is known for her previous series, the Lunar Chronicles, as well as the accompanying graphic novels titled Wires & Nerve, and for the ongoing Renegades Trilogy, the final book of which will be released later this year.
Between the last two, fans of Meyer have hardly been deprived of content, but this week Meyer announced four upcoming books, including something completely new – a contemporary fantasy series.
All Meyers’ previous titles exist along the genre border between science fiction and fantasy. The Lunar Chronicles, for example, has enough space travel to satisfy sci-fi fans, and enough magical power to please fantasy nerds, while building on the foundation of fairy tales to create an epic saga set in a truly imaginative world.
Meyer has announced two future books in this vein, to be published between now and 2023. It’s not clear whether the two will be related, like the Lunar Chronicles, or standalone, like her wonderland adaptation, Heartless. The fairy tales she’ll be adapting haven’t been revealed either. At least we know it’s likely they’ll belong in the fantasy genre, maybe with a sci-fi twist like Cinder.
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The most exciting part of the announcement, though, are the two contemporary novels. This is new territory for Meyer. These novels are also scheduled to be released in the next four years, and it’s not clear whether they’ll be related to each other. The first, Instant Karma, is about a girl driven by her disdain for the slackers around her. She gains the power to instantly punish the objects of her judgement. She enjoys her powers, but soon discovers her powers go haywire when used against her classmate. Through trying to navigate her powers and their limits, she finds out that the difference between virtue and sin between herself and the people around her, may be more complex than she thought.
The second book has no details announced, but is expected to be similar in genre.
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