Rosewater by Tade Thompson. ★★★★
Rosewater is one of the most inventive science fiction novels I’ve read in a long time, and I dearly hope it gets more attention.
Nigeria, 2066. Kaaro lives in the city of Rosewater, a settlement that grew up around an alien biodome. He spends his days providing psychic protection for a bank, but secretly, he’s the most powerful psychic of Section 35, a secret agency within the Nigerian government. As other psychics begin dying one by one, Kaaro will defy the agency to find an answer. Continue reading
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. ★★★1/2
I was in the mood for something fast paced with a lot of action and preferably explosions. Fortune’s Pawn was a perfect fit. It’s sort of like Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. Basically, a lot of fun.
Devi Morris wants nothing more than to join the elite unit of the king’s guard, the Devastators. She even quits her job at the best mercenary company in her corner of the universe when she realizes that she can’t move up any higher. Instead her ambition takes her to The Glorious Fool, a cargo ship so known for getting into trouble that one year on it is worth five years anywhere else. But even Devi underestimates just how much trouble the Fool can be.
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. ★★★
Trigger warning: Rape
Tan-Tan is a young girl living on the Caribbean planet of Toussaint. But the world she lives in is only one dimension of the planet. What happens when she and her father fall into the wilderness of New-Half Way Tree, the alternate dimension where Toussaint sends criminals and exiles?
And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst. ★★★1/2
And All the Stars is one of the better YA apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Towers have sprouted from cities around the world, spreading a strange dust. Those who encounter the dust either die or transform… Madeleine Cost is a fifteen year old artist who’s skipping school to go paint a portrait of her cousin. She winds up right next to Sydney’s tower and gets absolutely coated in the dust. She teams up with some other teenage survivors to face the new world and what they’ve become.
The Color of Distance by Amy Thomson. ★★★★
The Color of Distance was one of the most compelling first contact stories I’ve come across. At first I was a bit skeptical, sure I would be getting a story that I’d seen a million times before. However, The Color of Distance won me over with it’s focus on characterization and underlying sense of optimism.
Juna is the only survivor of a crash landing of human surveyors on an uninhabitable world. Luckily for her she is found by three aliens who are able to keep her alive. However, she is now adrift and alone in a completely alien place and culture. Ani, one of the aliens who finds her, initially sees Juna as a burden and blames her for her mentor’s death.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. ★★★★
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a delightful stand alone science fiction novel. Reading it was like wrapping myself in a warm, fluffy blanket on a cold day. Focusing on the nine member crew of the Wayfarer, this episodic book is character based story you won’t want to miss.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. ★★★★
A mysterious object crashes off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city. Three people – Adaora, a marine biologist; Anthony, a hip hop artist; and Agu, the solider – are inexplicably drawn to Bar Beach, where they are the first people to encounter the aliens. Lagoon interweaves many different threads, but ultimately it is a portrait of Lagos and a story about change.