2019 has barely started and somehow it is already February(?!) and I haven’t talked about my anticipated reads for this first quarter. So here they are today.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is already out and I have read it and OH MY GOD, it is SO good. It is a Heist Historical Fantasy YA novel with a puzzle at its centre, a mysterious artefact that may or may not be connected to the Tower of Babel and a group of six characters (most of them POC, some of them LGBTQIA) who form a ragtag found family thrown together in a way that simultaneously broke and warmed my cold heart.

Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines is the sequel to the ultra-fun space opera Terminal Alliance. The Janitors of the Apocalypse series follows a motley cleaning crew led by Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos as they get to save humanity over and over again. This time around, they have to travel to a destroyed Earth and who knows what they will find there? Out on February 12.

I like the sound of Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik—a space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in a romantic space opera—because it reminds me so much of one of the most fun movies of recent times: Jupiter Ascending (I mean, even the title is a shout-out!). This one is out in less than a week and I cannot wait.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia is a late February release and it’s a YA Fantasy that purportedly reminds of The Handmaid’s Tale with a main character who is expected to conform and get married within an oppressive, corrupt society but then becomes a subversive spy and also falls in love with another girl.

The Raven Tower The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie is also out in late February and it’s Leckie’s first foray into Fantasy after her wildly successful and multi-award-winning Science Fiction novels. This one is about a God who watches over a Kingdom from his tower and the upstart who discovers a secret buried deep within its foundation. Unveiling it can change everything.  

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley sounds like a dark SF novel with a potentially unreliable narrator, and those are some of my fave things. Soldiers are turned into light to be sent to war in Mars and then they come back…different. And they can’t really tell what was mission brief, what is memory, or how to disentangle the two. March 19, where are you?

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl is about eight teens who survive an alien attack in Area 51 and call themselves the last teenagers on Earth. The main character, Clover Martinez, joins the group hoping to fight back but discovers a hidden spaceship and well, who are these teenagers? Out on March 1.

Storm of Locusts Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse is out a bit later, in April but I wanted to include it here because I loved the first book, Trail of Lightning, so much and that book ended on an unbearable cliff-hanger with a fave character MIA. This one seems like it’s going to be all about a rescue mission deep into enemy territory and led by kick-ass women.

2019 is shaping up to be a super exciting year!