A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David HutchinsonFeaturing: Noa, Jenny, and DJ, three Earth teens who wake up on a deserted spaceship with no memories of how they got there.
What happens: The ship's Quantum Fold Drive keeps catapulting the trio randomly across space and into outlandish situations, leaving Noa and DJ doubting the reality of their romance, and leaving all three wondering if they'll ever get home.
Who it's for: Simultaneously funny and profound, this love story will resonate with readers who prefer offbeat science fiction.
The Project by Courtney SummersThen: Recently orphaned, Bea Denham abandoned her sister Lo and joined The Unity Project, a charitable organization led by magnetic miracle-worker Lev Warren.
Now: Lo, scarred and suspicious, won't stop trying to expose The Unity Project as a cult -- not even if it means getting close to Lev, who challenges her understanding of reality.
Is it for you? Similar to the author's previous book, Sadie, this thriller uses shifting perspectives to reveal the unsettling side of love and loyalty.
#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeilIn a world... where prison is livestreamed and executions are a popular public spectacle, wrongly convicted murderer Dee Guerrera is determined to survive Alcatraz 2.0 and prove her innocence.
Is it for you? While the inventive violence and campy tone in this Black Mirror-style tale might be too much for sensitive readers, fans of horror and dark comedy will be riveted.
Series alert: For further gruesomely funny social commentary, check out the sequel, #murderfunding, and the prequel, #noescape.
The Gravity of Us by Phil StamperStarring: 17-year-old social media journalist Cal, who has to abandon his dream internship when his family moves across the country so that his dad can be an astronaut for NASA’s Mars mission.
What happens: While a reality TV crew follows the astronauts and their families, Cal hangs on to his ambition even as he starts falling for neighbor and fellow “Astrokid” Leon.
About the author: This quietly charming own voices romance is the 1st book by author Phil Stamper.
Life in a Fishbowl by Len VlahosWhat it's about: The bad news just keeps coming for 15-year-old Jackie: not only does her dad have a terminal brain tumor, he's also agreed to have his last days filmed for reality TV.
How it's told: from multiple points of view, including those of rebellious Jackie, her family members, the scheming reality show producer, and even the tumor itself.
Read it for: humor and humanity, all wrapped up in biting satire and can't-look-away tragedy.
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