The Free People's Village by Sim Kern

Staff Pick

Set in an alternate 2020 after Al Gore won the 2000 election and war was waged on climate change rather than on terrorism, this incredible book follows a young white woman involved in a community effort to save Houston’s historically Black Eighth Ward from destruction by a new “clean” hyperway. Sound familiar? With fierce love and hope, Kern tackles systemic racism, environmentalism gone wrong, attempts at utopia, and queer friendship--this is a must-read for anyone trying to live through the catastrophic world we find ourselves in.

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ISBN: 9781646142668
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Published: Levine Querido - September 12th, 2023

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

Staff Pick

Written as a gift for Sanderson’s wife, this wonderful twist on The Princess Bride follows window washer Tress as she sets out to rescue her beloved Charlie from the Sorceress of the Midnight Sea.  Stowing away on a pirate ship, Tress befriends a talking rat and a Deaf chef while maintaining her cup collection. Laugh-out-loud shenanigans and narration from Hoid (Cosmere’s favorite fool) are perfectly balanced with twin love and coming-of-age stories. This is perfect for Terry Pratchett fans and pays beautiful homage to William Goldman’s original swashbuckling adventure. I loved this book!

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ISBN: 9781250899651
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Published: Tor Books - April 4th, 2023

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Staff Pick

When the son of the Crow Matron, a man become a god, a pirate down on her luck, and a sun priest making unpopular reforms all converge on the city of Tova, it's evident, someone's going to die. In the first novel of a series, Roanhorse draws inspiration from pre-Columbian America to create a beautifully intricate world where science and reason rule, political conspiracies run deep, and magic is finally coming back to life. The tension builds chapter by chapter to an ending that left me reeling--and desperate for the next installment.     

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ISBN: 9781534437685
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - June 29th, 2021