Delany, Samuel R. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.
In this extraordinary science fiction novel, Delany explores sexuality, gender, desire, and the flow and structure of information. This review contains lots of spoilers. Continue reading
Silvera, Adam. History is All You Left Me. New York: Soho Teen, 2017.
Griffin and Theo grew up together and were each other’s first kiss, first love, first everything. When Theo goes to college across the country, they decide to put their relationship on hold until Griffin can join him in a year. Griffin wasn’t expecting Theo to meet someone else, but he still held on to the hope that they would get back together. When Theo dies, Griffin’s whole world collapses and his OCD symptoms worsen. Continue reading
Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2016.
In a bizarre and dangerous future, the world has been carved up into new states and pirates roam the seas. Gigantic genetically-engineered sea monsters are raised to bond with ships and protect them from pirates. Cassandra Leung has been in training to work with Reckoners her entire life. At 17, she is finally given the job to travel with a ship and its Reckoner. But her ship is quickly attacked by pirates who kill her Reckoner and kidnap her. Continue reading
Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. New York: HarperTeen, 2016.
Pen is a sixteen-year old girl who eschews girly stuff and would rather dress in guy’s clothes. Growing up in Ontario, a child of Portuguese immigrants, she moves between two worlds—gaming with her dude friends and asking her parents for traditional blessings. It’s been tense with her parents, but when she cuts her long hair off, her parents are more concerned than ever. Continue reading
Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.
Henry “Monty” Montague is a true hedonist—he loves gambling, smoking, and drinking, and regularly wakes up in the beds of random men and women. He’s also a British gentleman, and his frustrated father needles him relentlessly to improve his debaucherous behavior. On the eve of Monty’s yearlong Grand Tour of Europe, his father tells him in no uncertain terms that if he doesn’t shape up, he’ll cut him out of the will and throw him out of the family. Continue reading
Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. New York: Doubleday, 1972.
At last, Earth scientists have discovered the secret to abundant free energy, through an electron transfer with aliens in a parallel universe. Only a handful of people suspect that the ongoing nuclear reaction could lead to a supernova. Continue reading