WA Do I Read Next? (Part 3)

In the final post of our trilogy of WA Do I Read Next suggestions, we share a few more recently published titles by local authors. (For more, see this Here is  list of many of the books we talked about at this year’s online conference.

Conventionally Yours, by Annabeth Albert (Sourcebooks) This is a sweet, new-adult M/M romance with YA crossover appeal. Conrad Stewart has classically handsome looks, but his hunky exterior hides the fact that he is living life on a knife edge ever since his parents threw him out for being gay. He finds community in a group at a game store where one of his professors runs a tight crew of tabletop enthusiasts. But he does not get along with another fellow college student in the crew–Alden Roth, an uptight rich kid born with everything handed to him. Alden is always giving Conrad crap, and that they are competing on more than one level doesn’t help. But when the opportunity to compete at a national con presents itself, a road trip opens up the stories beneath their assumptions, and the ice starts to thaw. A slow burn enemies to lovers rom com.

The Obsoletes, by Simeon Mills (Harper) High school is hard because being a teenager is hard–but imagine if you were navigating the figurative minefield of high school with a secret you need to guard at every moment? Twin brothers Darryl and Kanga have always known they were different from the kids around them, but it isn’t until their parents up and disappear that their secret starts to get harder to hide. Oh, and Kanga’s showy skills on the basketball court have all eyeballs on him. You see, Darryl and Kanga are both robots in an anti-robot world. What could go wrong? This is a funny, wise debut about being different in a world that demands conformity.

Sea ChangeThe Eleventh Gateby Nancy Kress Nancy Kress is prolific and her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and more. I happen to love Nancy Kress’ work because her books explore politics, climate change, economics, and science through the lives, thoughts, and actions of three-dimensional characters that feel real and compelling. Her two latest books do all of this in spades. Sea Change starts in Seattle with a self-driving house, where Renata Black, a secret agent in an underground environmental group, goes on the run in this slim but substantial eco-thriller. In The Eleventh Gate, a war breaks out between two ruling families and their planets–one Libertarian, the other Corporate–in a thought-provoking space opera that explores the stars but also shows how our ideals and guiding principles work in the real world and affect real people’s lives. Kress makes hard science relatable and fascinating through characters–many of whom are older women, which are sadly rare in SF– whose complexity and contradictions reveal so much about where we are now and where the future may take us.

     ~ Posted by Misha Stone

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