Review of Atlas Alone by Emma Newman

Atlas Alone by Emma Newman. ★★★ I ultimately found Atlas Alone to be disappointing. Part of this is that the previous three books have set a high bar, the other part is that I wasn’t happy with the novel’s asexual representation. The majority of this review is devoted to Atlas Alone‘s depiction of asexuality. Atlas Alone is the fourth novel…

Review of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. ★★★1/2 I grew up reading Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy. Legit, I was in 5th grade when I first read the books! They were a substantial part of my childhood, so when I heard that Westerfeld was releasing a new YA novel set in the same universe, I had to read it. Frey lives a…

Review of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. ★★★★ When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock’s Gravity… and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that. I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about The Luminous…

Review of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. ★★★★ A Memory Called Empire is sure to be one of the standout sci-fi debuts of 2019, and I can totally see where the comparisons to Ancillary Justice are coming from. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare’s small station wants to maintain its independence from the ever-ravenous Teixcalaanli Empire, which is constantly conquering and expanding…

Review of The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★★ I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, so I was obviously up for this stand-alone novel set in the same world. The islands of Belene precariously exist in a sea of nature spirits, all of them inimical to humankind and held back only by the…

Review of The True Queen by Zen Cho

The True Queen by Zen Cho. ★★★★ Do you want a delightful and charming Regency-era fantasy novel with a diverse cast and a f/f romance subplot? A story focused on sisterhood? Dragons with manners? Then you need to read The True Queen, a loose follow-up to Zen Cho’s previous novel, Socerer to the Crown! Muna and Sakti…

Review of Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant. ★★★★ I’ve generally found Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant’s books to be hit or miss but oh WOW was Feed a hit. Twenty years after a zombie apocalypse swept the world, zombies are the new normal. Life has moved on. Sure, most people don’t go out in public anymore, but there’s a (dangerous) career path for journalists…

Review of Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve. ★★★★ Do you want a YA novel about a lesbian werewolf and a genderqueer zombie becoming friends? You bet you do! And Out of Salem is just that book! In a horrible accident, Z’s entire family died. And so did they. Only, they’re still walking. Z’s looking at a new, uncertain future…

Review of Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby. ★★★1/2 I don’t read enough self-published books. I get so caught up in the new release cycle of traditional publishing, that indie gems tend to slip under the radar. Such is the case with Failure to Communicate, a delightful sci-fi first contact novel with an autistic, bisexual protagonist and a subtle…

Review of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings by Angela Slatter

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings by Angela Slatter. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault, parental abuse The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is a remarkable short story collection with sharp prose, dark edges, and feminist themes. All that said, I, strangely enough, didn’t love it as much as Angela Slatter’s previous collection, Sourdough and Other Stories. It might be…