In some corners of the northern hemisphere (*stares at weather outside window*) it is technically spring already and it’s time to look at the upcoming books that I am excited about.
Next week, on April 3, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland finally lands. This one is YA and a reimagining of Reconstruction-era America with zombie soldiers on both sides rising from the dead and a young Black girl who slays them. This one seems to combine politics, feminism and badassery and I am very much here for that.
Also out in April, Space Opera by Catherynne Valente promised to be a combo of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Eurovision as a group of humans are chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy for the first time ever. In the Metagalactic Grand Prix they must fight for their lives by any means necessary that involves lots of glitter, singing and dancing. This sounds ridiculously fun.
In May, I am digging The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang which is billed asepic historical military fantasy meets the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and shamanism with a protagonist–Rin–who discovers she possesses a lethal power that can save her people at the same time that it can make her lose her humanity.
Louise O’Neill writes dark, unflinching feminist YA and her next novel, The Surface Breaks, is a retelling of The Little Mermaid that is also out in early May. May also sees the release of the second Murderbot novella by Martha Wells. The first one, All Systems Red, was one of my top 10 read of 2017 and I am so excited to read Artificial Condition and follow the Murderbot’s further (mis)adventures.
In early June, we get two sequels I am dying for. A new Brooklyn Brujas novel by Zoraida Córdova, Bruja Born follows a different Mortiz sister, Lula, whose healing powers will be put to the test when the unthinkable happens to the people she loves. And a third AND FINAL (NOOOOO) book in Yoon Ha Lee’s fab SF series Machineries Of Empire. Revenant Gun featuresShuos Jedao losing all of his memory and waking up in the body of a teenager. I just can’t wait to see this and where the story takes this character and this world. I will be sad to see it ending.
I am going to end this list with a book I already read and loved: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale which just came out a couple of weeks ago. This is second Squirrel Girl Middle Grade novel, following the adventures of Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, the only Marvel superhero with an unbeatable record. Following up her adventures from the first novel, Squirrel Meets World, Doreen is still her usual self: optimistic, friendly and unrepentant about looking for non-violent ways of ending conflicts with villains. These novels are fun, snarky (seriously, the text messages between Doreen and the Avengers are comedy gold) and wholly awesome. They focus on Doreen friendship with her BFFs: the squirrel Tippy Toe (the leader of the Squirrel Army that helps Squirrel Girl) and Ana Sofía whose tech knowledge is unparalleled and whose friendship is everything Doreen always wanted. Speaking of comedy gold, Ana Sofía is also now BFFs with Thor, with whom she shares a love for…socks. If you love comedy, fuzzy feelings and awesome girls, please go read this now.