Friends, readers, laymen…lend me your eyeballs. As we approach 2017 let’s look at some awesome cool books coming out shall we? From the gloriously expected from authors we know will please us to newcomers, 2017 has some whoopers of titles being released.
Leading up to 2017 there shall be 5 posts about books I’m looking forward to in:
- SFF (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
- Romance (link)
- Anthology (link)
- Whatever I Want (link)
- Young Adult Contemporary (link)
Some books may cross over in terms of category, but I tried to list them on the list I consider them first to be.
Today’s edition is all about Science Fiction and Fantasy titles! What new worlds will we visit? What vistas shall we explore? How many Chosen Ones and Prophesized Ones will save the day? Let’s find out!
Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.
After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.
Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.
Why? Well firstly, its Claudia Gray and if my love of the Firebird Trilogy didn’t convince you let me just put out there the fact she’s written two of the best Star Wars novels to come out (BLOODLINE and LOST STARS) since the new movies were announced. She is, without a doubt, very good at her science fiction. Also I’m honestly a sucker for star crossed romances like this…
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
Why? Did you see my review of EVERY HEART A DOORWAY? No? Go read it. Then go read the NPR review, and go read why Nancy being ace was so important to this reviewer. EVERY HEART was…it was moving and magical and so wonderful. So hell yes I’m excited to find out the history of Jack and Jill.
At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.
Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.
When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
Why? This was a complete surprise find for me while I was tumbling through Goodreads for links to the other books. That said I’m a sucker for reincarnated deities and running away from a life you don’t belong in.
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?
Why? Oh hello new Cindy Pon science fiction novel. How are you? Are you here yet? No? Ah well. You will be soon I’m sure. Aside from the gorgeous cover, the fact Pon has never let me down in the entirety of her catalog and thus will I support her every endeavor wholeheartedly…this just sounds really good. Apparently I like revolutionaries who have really bad choices to make…
No Cover and/or Specific Release Date: Basically I am more or less sure they’ll be out next year, but not much information is known so I included whatever I could.
- THE AMATERASU PROJECT by Axie Oh (Goodreads Link)
YA science fiction/action novel set in a futuristic Korea about a former gangster who is recruited into the military over a secret prototype weapons project—which turns out to be a genetically modified girl.
FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao (Goodreads Link)
Brian Geffen at Philomel has preempted a debut YA fantasy by Julie C. Dao in a six-figure, three-book deal. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a reimagining of the evil queen from Snow White based on Asian folklore and mythology. In order to become Empress of Feng Lu, Xifeng must unleash a jealous god on the world and set free the viciousness of her own soul. Publication is set for fall 2017; Tamar Rydzinski at the Laura Dail Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
- SNUG SHIP by Andrea K. Host (Goodreads Link)
The only thing bigger than the world’s first full virtual reality game is the mystery surrounding its origins. Who is the hidden figure behind Ryzonart Games? How was such a huge advance in technology achieved?All Taia de Haas is interested in is getting her own virtual spaceship, but the very core of the game leads her inexorably on a dangerous quest for answers. When she uncovers the truth, she will have no future outside the Singularity Game.
Have any suggestions? Think I should have listed something else? I’m aware that Jodi Meadows and Sarah J Maas both have books coming out – very aware trust me. But those are obvious choices, along with Brandon Sanderson, so I chose instead to highlight so less known or diverse titles I’m looking forward to.