Fantasy and Science Fiction
Temper by Nicky DraydenIn a world... where everybody has a twin, and virtues and vices are split unevenly between pairs, siblings Auben and Kasim Mtuze's symbiotic bond is strained to the breaking point by Kasim's higher social status and Auben's sudden possession by demons.
Check this out if you like complex world building and an alternate history setting in which European colonization never occurred, and a society underpinned by a non-binary conception of gender.
You might also like: Laura Lam's False Hearts, another genre-blending speculative tale about twins with a complex and unusual bond.
Relic by Alan Dean FosterRuslan is the last surviving human being in the entire universe, saved by a species of friendly aliens. Now, with the weight of his near-extinct species pressing down on him, Ruslan embarks on an epic journey of adventure, heartbreak, and danger
Alan Dean Foster is best known for his long-running series set in the Humanx Commonwealth, which begins with Midworld.
Wild Hunger: An Heirs of Chicagoland Novel by Chloe NeillFollowing a period of self-imposed exile in Paris, Elisa Sullivan, the first and only vampire to be born instead of made, must return to Chicago to broker peace talks among the different vampire factions.
Wild Hunger kicks off the Heirs of Chicagoland series, a spin-off of the Chicagoland Vampires novels.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonAn unusual take on an Agatha Christie-style country house mystery, in which an unnamed narrator must solve a murder while imprisoned in a time loop. As if that's not difficult enough, each day the protagonist wakes up in the body of a different guest..
For another science fictional take on Golden Age detective fiction, try Adam Roberts' Jack Glass. For mysteries involving time loops, check out Sean Ferrell's Man in the Empty Suit.
The Power by Naomi AldermanWhat if... women were in charge? Would they create a more just society...or would they electrocute men with their bare hands and establish a matriarchy?
For fans of The Handmaid's Tale
Winner of the 2017 Women's Prize for Fiction.
The Waking Land by Callie BatesLady Elanna Valtai grew up as a hostage in the court of a king who took her to ensure her rebellious father's compliance. Now the prime suspect in the king's murder, Elanna has nowhere to go to but the homeland she's spent her life trying to forget and no one to turn to except the family she's been raised to hate.
Elanna's transformation from sheltered girl to courageous leader may appeal to fans of Erika Johansen's The Queen of the Tearling.
The Girl in the Road by Monica ByrneAfter university dropout Meena survives an assassination attempt in future Mumbai, she heads for her native Addis Ababa by way of the Trail, or Trans-Arabian Linear Generator, a high-tech bridge spanning the Arabian Sea. Ethiopia is also the destination of 10-year-old Mariama, an enslaved child in present-day Mauritania who sneaks aboard an oil truck crossing the Sahara.
Star's End by Cassandra Rose ClarkePhilip Coramina is dying. His final wish? To see his daughters one last time. Loyal Esme already serves as his second-in-command, but her three estranged half-sisters want nothing to do with the family's corporate empire.
Although family drama is the beating heart of this character-driven novel, there's plenty of intrigue surrounding the Coramina Group and its various enterprises.
For fans of: the complex relationships in Nicola Griffith's Slow River.
Uprooted by Naomi NovikUnexpectedly chosen over more likely candidates, Agnieszka discovers untapped talents, challenges the Dragon's rules (and patience), and battles the malevolent influence of the nearby enchanted Wood in order to save her village.
Based on Polish folklore, this stand-alone novel by Temeraire series author Naomi Novik is a fantastical coming-of-age tale combining magic, warfare, politics, and romance.
Binti by Nnedi OkoraforAdmitted to the prestigious Oomza University, Binti must leave her family and traditional way of life behind. But her struggle to adjust to her new situation is nothing compared to the trouble caused by the alien Meduse.
The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Binti kicks off a trilogy that continues with Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade.
Also checkout Okorafor's Who Fears Death which has been optioned to HBO
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