Happy New Year, all! Hope you had a great holiday season.
It’s time to look ahead to all the exciting books coming out this year, and here are five to get you started!
1. Poor Relations by Jo Walton
The acclaimed fantasist, author of Among Others and The Just City, makes her first novel-length foray into science fiction with this tale of an alien invasion of human-colonized Mars, loosely inspired on the Jane Austen novel Mansfield Park. (ETA: This may be a 2018 release instead!)
2. Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz
A debut starring the Night Witches of the WWII Soviet air force, as Valentina joins the all-female night bombers and has to use her flying skills to rescue a boy trapped behind enemy lines. That plus the epistolary style makes me think of it as an Soviet-set Code Name Verity.
3. The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
Speaking of which, a prequel to Code Name Verity is coming this spring! Julie solves a mystery on her grandparents’ estate in Scotland–a murder for which local Travellers were framed.
4. Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer
The second half of the notorious Mycroft Canner’s thrilling story will hopefully resolve the many mysteries of Palmer’s first book, a riff on the Enlightenment set in the far, far future.
5. The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
The conclusion to the series that began with The Sin-Eater’s Daughter and continued with The Sleeping Prince. How will the supremely creepy Sleeping Prince be defeated? And who will die in the process?
plus one that I’m hoping for but that doesn’t have a firm release date yet
6. The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Following on from The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Baru is elevated to the high political class of the Falcresti empire. She’ll have to be more cunning than ever to succeed in dismantling the Imperial Republic from the inside.