The Atlas Complex by Olivie BlakeIn this much-anticipated concluding volume of the Atlas trilogy, the Alexandrian Society recruits wrestle with the implications of their power and the consequences of their actions. For fans of: Naomi Novik's Scholomance series; Leigh Bardugo's Alex Stern novels; Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy.
Exordia by Seth DickinsonThis "violent, vivid, vicious" (Library Journal) first contact novel by the author of the Masquerade trilogy follows a diverse group of humans and aliens in the aftermath of an invasion by the extraterrestrial Exordia. Read-alikes: Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy; Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past series; Tade Thompson's Wormwood trilogy.
Faebound by Saara El-arifiExiled from the Elven Lands, warrior Yeeran and her diviner sister Lettle must navigate the intrigue of the fae court in this "beguiling" (Publishers Weekly) opening installment of a new trilogy by the author of The Final Strife series. For fans of: Samantha Shannon's The Priory of the Orange Tree; Jeannette Ng's Under the Pendulum Sun.
Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather FawcettIn this sequel to Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries, the titular scholar and her colleague-turned-suitor Wendell Bambleby travel to the Austrian Alps to find a door into the Otherlands. Read-alike: Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series.
The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum KhanSoon after 15-year-old Sana and her father move into Akbar Manzil, an apartment building created by subdividing an abandoned manor house, Sana discovers a hidden room and, as she explores, uncovers the tragic history of the house's original occupants. Set in Durban, South Africa, this genre-blending debut is infused with gothic atmosphere and contains elements of magical realism.
Mislaid in Parts Half-Known by Seanan McGuireAt Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children, student Antsy discovers her talent for finding things -- an ability soon exploited by mean girl Seraphina. While this 9th installment of the beloved Wayward Children series stands on its own, familiarity with previous installments enriches the reading experience.
The Tusks of Extinction by Ray NaylerThe late Dr. Damira Khismatullina becomes the matriarch of a mammoth herd when her consciousness is uploaded into an animal's body as part of a "de-extinction" project. Will her expertise on elephant behavior be enough to ensure the survival of the herd and the species? You might also like: Lee Mandelo's Feed Them Silence; Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard.
The Parliament by Aimee PokwatkaWhen chemist Madigan Purdy agreed to lead a STEM program for tweens at her local library, she did not expect to be confronted with a murderous swarm of owls. As Madigan and her students shelter in place, she reads to them from The Silent Queen, the book that once got her through a difficult situation and may help them all survive. This gripping novel by the author of Self-Portrait with Nothing "tucks a Maurice Sendak fairy tale into a nature-attacks horror novel" (Library Journal).
Kinning by Nisi ShawlThis layered sequel to Everfair pits Princess Mwadi against Prince Ilunga in a battle for succession, while siblings Tink and Bee-Lung venture beyond the realm's borders to distribute spores with potential as a tool for nonviolent liberation from colonial rule. You might also like: Courttia Newland's A River Called Time; Steven Barnes' Lion's Blood.
Womb City by Tlotlo TsamaaseIn a near-future Botswana where consciousness transfers are routine and implanted microchips keep people under constant surveillance, successful architect Nelah Bogosi-Ntsu occupies a body that used to belong to someone else. When she rebels against her controlling husband, she threatens both her own future and that of her unborn child. For fans of: Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels; Temi Oh's More Perfect.
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