This year’s A More Diverse Universe book reviewing event will be taking place between October 4th – 17th. If you haven’t heard about A More Diverse Universe, you can find out more at the participating blogs sign up page. However, in short the event asks you to do the following:
- Read and review one book
- Written by a person of color
- During the first two weeks of October (October 4th-17th)
I participated last year and am thrilled to join in again! You don’t have to be a book blogger to join – you can post your review anywhere including Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, Youtube, Tumblr… Aarti, who runs the event, has even offered to let people guest post on her blog. Don’t have time for a novel? You could always try a novella or a short story. It can be any genre. You can sign up here.
In case you’re interested, here’s ten qualifying speculative fiction novels I’ve reviewed:
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★
Space opera. This novella follows two women aboard Prosper Station in a far future when a galactic empire is crumbling.
Dawn by Octavia Butler. ★★★★
Science fiction. Dawn is the story of a woman who wakes up in an alien spaceship centuries after the Earth is largely destroyed by a nuclear war.
Thorn by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★
YA fantasy. Thorn is an excellent retelling of “The Goose Girl” fairy tale.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★
Epic fantasy. When her mother dies, Yeine is unexpectedly brought into the fold of the world’s most powerful family and named one of three heirs.
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★
YA fantasy. This novella follows Hitomi, a street thief with untrained magic. It’s the first in a planned series, although the others have not yet been released.
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina. ★★★1/2
YA dystopian/fantasy. Ashala Wolf, leader of a gifted group of runaway children and teens known as the Tribe, has been captured by enemy and is being questioned. Can she keep the Tribe safe? This is a fairly original entry to the YA dystopian genre.
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac. ★★★1/2
YA dystopian/fantasy. This is a pleasantly entertaining and action packed book about an Apache heroine who kills monsters.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. ★★★
MG fantasy. A twelve-year old Nigerian girl discovers she has magic powers and explores the community of the magically gifted. This should appeal to fans of the early Harry Potter books.
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. ★★★
YA dystopian. A fairly dark entry into the genre, Orleans follows Fen as she struggles to survive in the plague ridden basin.
Huntress by Malinda Lo. ★★★
YA fantasy. Huntress is about two girls who go on a quest to save their kingdom and happen to fall in love with each other along the way.
None of these options appeal? There’s plenty of other qualifying books out there! I’ve already got copies of The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, an epic fantasy, and Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard, a fantasy mystery, that I’ll be reading during or before the event. Here’s some other qualifying novels, some of which I may end up reading:
- Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson is a dystopian set in Canada with a Jamaican woman as the lead.
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a YA retelling of the Arabian Nights stories.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a YA fantasy. I don’t know much about it besides that it’s set in a desert city roughly based on the Roman Empire.
- The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin is a translated Chinese science fiction novel which I think has aliens.
- What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang is a YA dystopian about two souls who share one body.
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older is YA urban fantasy with a Caribbean heroine in New York City.
- Dragon and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara is a YA epic fantasy with Japanese influences.
- The Ghost Bride by Yagnsze Choo is a magical realism story set in 1800s Malaya.
- The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna is a YA dystopia set in India about a clone.
- Time Salvager by Wesley Chu is a science fiction novel about time travelers in the future.
- Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang is about a super heroine who’s powers are based on math.
- When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai is a literary fantasy novel with three different timelines drawing on Chinese mythology.
Still don’t see anything? Why don’t you check out reviews from prior years of A More Diverse Universe? Or you could take a look at the list of resources over on Aarti’s blog.