This month’s favorite reads include tourists lost in space, spies in the afterlife, a trippy trek into alternate realities, a warring space opera, and a space exploration ode to female empowerment. Add as many of these to your reading list as you can!
5. Adrift, by Rob Boffard
I loved this book. Loved the plot arcs and the split between four or five narrators as they tell the story of this small group of terrified passengers and staff. Loved how real the characters were as they deal with the stress and horror of being stranded and alone, surrounded by wreckage. Loved the pacing of the reveals and the constant switch between villains and heroes. All in all, a great book that will keep you on your toes until the very end. Read review here.
4. Summerland, by Hannu Rajaniemi
Summerland is a good old-fashioned spy novel with a massive speculative twist. The world has expanded to include the afterlife, a world where souls easily pass over to extend their lives exponentially. By combining the intrigue of a spy thriller with a spirit world blurring the boundary between science and magic, Rajaniemi has created a novel that details the lengths to which people will go to keep power in life and death. Read review here.
3. Side Life, by Steve Toutonghi
A wild journey through infinite possible realities, Side Life will leave you reeling, contemplating the existence of reality and the many ways your life could have turned out differently. It starts with a simple enough story and ends as a warped and twisted take on life and the reality of this man who no longer knows who or where he is within the fabric of the universe. It’s a truly thought-provoking, mind-blowing set of circumstances, journeys, and revelations that will leave you feeling a bit out of sorts with the infinite expanse of time and its possibilities. Read review here.
2. Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell
A literary space opera set in the aftermath of a universal conflict, Embers of War drives the reader toward a startling destination and inspiring finish. By combining a masterful prose style featuring multiple narrators with a richly devised word-building blueprint, Powell has created a cast of outstanding characters whose combined actions examine humanity and our place in the universe. Read review here.
And my favorite book of the month is…
The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel, by Mary Robinette Kowal
Spanning the gamut of physics, mathematics and space travel, The Calculating Stars is an alternate history of the space race, as humanity attempts to ensure their survival following a catastrophic global event. With a brilliantly rendered protagonist and a group of dedicated women pilots and mathematicians, this ode to female empowerment is a wonderful read that will leave you feeling inspired. Read review here.