I didn’t do an anticipated releases post for the first quarter of the year but I love talking about new releases so I decided to do one for the second quarter.
I would still like to highlight two books t that came out recently: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin and Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Jemisin’s new book, it’s a start of an urban fantasy series where big cities are alive. It’s set in New York City and it follows the city as it is trying to defend itself against a Lovecraftian force.
As for Beneath the Rising, it’s about two friends who accidentally awaken an evil force while trying to build an energy device that would allow humans to stop using fossil fuels. It’s published by Solaris and it’s one of my favorite imprints, I’m always excited about their catalogue and this one sounds very weird and right up my alley. I haven’t heard a lot of things about this book but I bought a copy so I would like to read it soon! 🙂
Okay, now that I finished playing catch-up, here are the books that I’m the most looking forward to in the next quarter. This list is not exhaustive, I tried to only put the books I really want to read asap!
Because of the current situation, the release dates of some books might have been pushed back.
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie – April 7th, Del Rey Books
A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend–the man he trusts most and might even love–only to learn that he’s secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.
This book has been marketed as a FinnPoe inspired book and I’M HERE FOR IT. I love Star Wars and I have the biggest crush on Poe (or Oscar Isaac in general!) so I’m really excited for this book. I haven’t read any reviews but the book is already on my wish list.
Vagabonds by Hao Jinfang – April 14th, Gallery / Saga Press
In 2096, the war of independence erupts when a colony of people living on Mars rebel against Earth’s rule. The war results in two different and mutually incompatible worlds. In 2196, one hundred years later, Earth and Mars attempt to initiate a dialogue, hoping a reconciliation is on the horizon. Representing Mars, a group of young delegates are sent to Earth to study the history and culture of the rival planet, all while teaching others about life on Mars.
I’m happy to see more and more translated Chinese SF coming to the English market. The premise of this book sounds very interesting and Ken Liu worked on the translation so that’s enough to make me want to read it.
The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey – April 14th, Orbit
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.
Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.
What he doesn’t know is – what happens when you aren’t given a choice?
I own all of Carey’s books but so far, I haven’t read any of them, it doesn’t make any sense because all of his works sound great (hence why I bought all of them!), but for some reason, I always forget to pick them up. So, this year, I’m going to read one of his novels! I wanted to start with The Girl with All the Gifts but Tammy’s review of The Book of Koli was so good that I’m now completely sold on this one. It sounds like something I would love so, I want to read it asap! 😀
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – May 19th, Scholastic Press
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
I read and loved the Hunger Games trilogy in middle school, it’s one of the first series I read in English, I read and re-read all the books multiple times and I have very fond memories of them so, of course I want to read other books set in the same world.
The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky – May 28th, Tor Books
Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for?
When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, where he clashes with mysterious agents of an unknown power who may or may not be human. And Julian’s only clue is some grainy footage – showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.
Khan’s extradimensional research was purely theoretical, until she found cracks between our world and countless others. Parallel Earths where monsters live. These cracks are getting wider every day, so who knows what might creep through? Or what will happen when those walls finally come crashing down…
Parallel Earths? Walls between dimensions? Monsters? Adrian Tchaikovsky? Hell yes, I’m excited. Just give me the book already!
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – June 9th, Tor Books
No synopsis yet, it’s the conclusion to the Masquerade trilogy.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of my favorite books of all time, I am currently reading the sequel The Monster Baru Cormorant and while (so far at least), I don’t like it as much as the first book, I still think that I’m going to read the conclusion to the trilogy.
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee – June 9th, Solaris Books
Dragons. Art. Revolution.
Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint.
One day they’re jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers.
But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government’s horrifying crimes—and the awful source of the magical pigments they use—they find they can no longer stay out of politics.
What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry’s mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight…
Yoon Ha Lee is one of my favorite authors so I’m super excited to read his new book. I don’t know if it’s a standalone or a start of a new series but, in any case, I will be pre-ordering and reading this book as soon as I can! 😀
What are your anticipated releases for this quarter? 🙂