Thanks to everyone who entered our Back to School Giveaway last week. Winners are being notified, and books are ready to be mailed! As promised, I have another giveaway ready to go, this one open to everyone in the US.
My office was still in boxes when this review came out, so first of all, please join me in congratulating Alexandra Duncan on the starred Kirkus review of Sound, the companion book to her Andre Norton Award-nominated debut Salvage.
On a research mission to deep space, a girl makes bold and terrifying choices.
Miyole forged her papers to work on the Ranganathan, a 128,000-acre research-and-development ship. She’s 16, not the required 18, but she’s always wanted to travel into space and was impatient to leave Mumbai, where she was taunted as “the darkest” and “the exotic outlier” because she’s Haitian, not Indian. Onboard, she bioengineers bees and butterflies to pollinate terraformed planets. Then life takes a sharp turn: pirates attack a nearby spacecraft, and Miyole meets a girl named Cassia. Making the stunning decision to steal a shuttle so she and Cassia can pursue the pirates who kidnapped Cassia’s brother, Miyole pilots them into deep space. As they bargain with unsavory dealers, visit a frozen moon’s underwater settlements, and discover horrifying things, Miyole battles post-traumatic stress from an early-life catastrophe, including flashbacks that will be especially meaningful to readers who saw that tragedy unfold in Salvage (2014). Connections among her personal history, her ancestral history (the real-life Haitian Revolution; the science-fictional destruction, centuries ago, of Haiti by floods), and the atrocities she discovers in deep space are meaningful and well-wrought, as is the portrayal of Miyole’s tender and bumpy romance with Cassia.
Unpredictable plot, vivid settings, and a queer, dark-skinned black girl as a protagonist in far-future science fiction: essential.
And I’m thrilled to share Alexa’s awesome book trailer as well. Check it:
And so to celebrate, this week I’m giving away THREE set of books and swag — each winner will receive a galley of Sound along with a hardcover copy of Salvage. Already read Salvage? No worries! Give the copy to a friend and get ’em hooked, while you read Sound before it’s released in September!
Want one more tease? Oh, all right…
To enter, leave a comment and let us know your favorite scifi book, tv show, or movie! I will do my best not to be swayed by people who respond with Firefly or Serenity, although either is, of course, the correct answer. To ensure my lack of bias, winners will be chosen by a random number generator.