Books of the Future

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What mind-bending books and comic books do you look forward to reading this year?

To find out about upcoming books, we caught up with Lindsey Allyson, a blogger from The Bevy Bibliothèque. She is also a writer, working on a number of projects. You can read her work in Inaccurate Realities No. 2.

“I have been hearing a lot of great things about Pierce Brown’s Red Rising,” she told us. “It takes place on Mars and I actually haven’t come across too many novels that take place in space that I immensely enjoyed. This one sounds like it’s going to be good.” Here’s a synopsis of Red Rising:

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

“I cannot wait to get my hands on Sarah J. Maas’ Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series,” she added. “Her series is a must-read for any fan of YA fantasy or just an all-compelling read in general.” Here is a synopsis of the book:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did.

Allyson also added some support for self-published authors, people sometimes overlooked by readers.

I definitely can say that I think that self-published authors as a whole deserve more attention this year. In the past, I feel like when someone saw a writer was “self-published,” it was automatically paired with ““not good enough to sell” or “no editor wanted to publish this.”

That’s definitely not always the case. Sometimes a story is totally awesome, but maybe the elements that make up the story or the plot are a hard sell because the market is super-saturated at the moment. I have a friend, for example, who wrote this awesome high fantasy novel about elemental magic users, but there are already SO many books on the MG/YA
book shelves that feature this. In the end, she decided to self-pub.

Does that mean her book isn’t good enough because that’s the publishing route she chose? No way. I think bloggers and readers are well on their way to realizing this now and it’s a great thing because some of my most memorable reads last year were self-pubbed titles that the general audience were not aware of.

While many of the people buying and reading books do frequent social media, it can still be a bit of a challenge to find out about self-pubbed titles because much of the promotion is through word of mouth. I think that’s why self-pubbed writers may be overlooked. After all, they are re in charge of their own promotions and the costs come out of their own
pockets, and that whole process can get pretty expensive.

“I’m also eagerly awaiting two books from two different series by one of my favourite authors, Silver Shadows and The Immortal Crown by by Richelle Mead,” Allyson concluded. “She’s the author who wrote Vampire Academy which was recently adapted into a film. I’m really into stories about strong, badass females.”

Here’s a synopsis of Silver Shadows:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

And a synopsis of The Immortal Crown:

Religious investigator Justin March has Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier, assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

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