A beautiful, young black woman with light-colored eyes and tribal-like hair, over the titular words

It’s not often you find science fiction books with black main characters (at least in my experience), especially in YA, but I found one such book–actually, three–and highly recommend it. It’s Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. What is Binti About? From Amazon: Binti, a young Himba girl, has the chance of a lifetime:…

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Oh, so much to say about The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness! Anyone who loves really intense reads with lots of voice will love this book.  Let’s start with first things first: What Is The Knife of Never Letting Go About? From Goodreads: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone…

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Defy the Stars is one of those books that makes your head spin as your brain strives to process all the images being thrown at it. It’s classic space opera, with lots of space travel and planet hopping. So What is it About? It follows the stories of two main point-of-view characters: Noemi, a young…

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There is a sub-genre of science fiction that is perhaps lesser known for its name—space opera—than it is for the books and movies that comprise it. Star Wars, for example, is arguably the most well-known and epic space opera set of movies, but I don’t know many people (even writers) that would think to call…

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Sometimes, reading a really good book is like running my palm along the smooth side of a long sword…with my fingers curled around its very sharp blade. Being entranced by the flow of good prose or the seamlessness of a smart plot is like feeling the evenness of cold metal, but as a writer, I…

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