Summer is upon us, which means there’s no TV on, which means it’s finally time to dig into those books you’ve been saving for your weekends, vacation, and whatever other spare moments you have. Unfortunately, there’s also a ton of tremendous new fiction and non-fiction books coming out this summer, meaning your pile is about to get much, much bigger. So start following this article feed to keep yourself updated with the latest and best reads as we post 3 new book reviews, and previews.
Supernova by C.A. Higgins
We really enjoyed Higgins’ debut novel, Lightless, and we’re excited to see where Higgins picks up the story. Ananke was a top of the line, experimental military spacecraft that was radically transformed after it was infected with a virus.
It’s now sentient, and the remaining crew member, Althea, devotes herself completely to the task of teaching the ship about humanity, seeking out Matthew Gale, the escaped terrorist who had a hand in Ananke’s awakening. Drawn back to Earth, they find themselves in the midst of a revolution, which puts them on a collision course for a radically new future.
The Hilke by Drew Magary
The second novel from Deadspin’s own Drew Magary isn’t science fiction, but rather fantasy as a normal man named Ben takes a simple hike that somehow stands him in a fantasy world of foul-mouthed crabs, magic potions, and the mysterious being who is preventing him from returning home to his family.
It’s often hilarious, as you would expect any book by Magary to be, but like The Postmortal there a real darkness and thoughtfulness to Ben’s journey that will keep you engrossed more than most fantasy quests, even as it draws on everything from myths to video games.
Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers
Orbit Books is responsible for some of the most exciting space adventures out there:, including James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy. Their latest offering comes from debut author K.B. Wagers, who spins out a story about Hail Bristol, a smuggler who has made a successful life for herself in the galaxy.
Bristol has a secret that she’s brought to abruptly: she’s also the heir to the Indranan Empire. This book looks like it’s poised to be the next exciting space opera, one with plenty of action, intrigue, and adventure.