It’s the last week of May, which means that once again it is time for book-lovers all around the country to convene on the Javits Center to celebrate! BookExpo (the trade show formerly known as BEA) and BookCon are arguably the biggest book event of the year in the United States, attended by publishers of all sizes, authors, media, booksellers, librarians, and voracious readers.
For science fiction and fantasy lovers, BookExpo and BookCon are a veritable goldmine of the year’s most highly coveted titles—I always spend some time combing over the show floor to seek out excellent new SFF books for all ages. Here’s a list of the titles I’ll be keeping an eye out for this weekend.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. A brand new book from Grishaverse author Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House is a contemporary fantasy novel about a young woman given a second chance—with many strings attached. Sent to Yale on an all-expenses paid scholarship, Alex is given the task of monitoring the secret societies on campus, composed of the future leaders of the free world, segregated into eight different tombs. But what she uncovers is terrifying...
Loki Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee. The first wave of the Avengers in the MCU may be over, but the expanded universe continues with this new book following fan-favorite anti-hero, Loki. Need I say more?
The Chain by Adrian McKinty. Remember chain letters? You know, the analog (or early email day digital) letters that demanded its recipients pass along the message, often with some terrible curse that will befall the person who breaks the chain. Now, imagine the chain letter premise, but with kidnapping. Someone has kidnapped your child, and now you must kidnap someone else’s child. Your own child won’t be released until your victim’s parents kidnap another child, propagating the chain. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis. Billed as “Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale”, The Good Luck Girls follows five cursed young women down on their choices and their luck. When an accidental murder happens, the girls face even more danger and must rely on a bedtime story to save their skins.
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl. This novel has an interesting superhero-style premise: a group of ordinary humans are revealed to have superhuman abilities, and immediately become the subject of bigotry and discrimination from not only other non-superpowered humans, but the government, too. The so-called nobody people band together to fight for each other in the face of virulent hatred.
Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade. An ordinary boy is prophesied to save the world--a chosen one, from nowhere, who is a nobody until destiny falls into his lap. What happens when the chosen one doesn’t actually save the world, though? Fate of the Fallen examines this particular failure through the lens of the not-so-successful savior and his sidekick, and I personally cannot wait to read it.
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz. Two women in very different timelines—one a riot grrl in the ‘90s, one a geologist in the 2020s—find their stories intertwined across the decades. A war that will determine the future and the past is raging, and these two women are at the heart of the conflict that threatens time itself.
And that’s it from us! What SFF books are you looking forward to hunting for at BookExpo and/or BookCon this year?