Five Books to Read in April 2017

April brings spring showers, or as is the often the case in my home state of Texas, apocalyptic thunderstorms — this gives readers a chance to stay indoors and catch up on their book backlog. These are the five sci-fi/fantasy books I’m most anticipating this April:

April 4th, 2017

American War

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad’s long-form fiction debut combines alternative history with political suspense, in a dystopian, war-torn near-future world, exploring the possibility of a second American civil war in a land already wrecked by environmental disaster. American War looks intriguing.

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1)

Mark Lawrence

The Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War trilogies were epic journeys through grimdark fantasy, and I have high hopes for Mark Lawrence’s new Book of the Ancestor series. Red Sister is the first book of the series, following a young girl at a convent that trains girls to be assassins.

The End of the Day

Claire North

The End of the Day by [North, Claire]

Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of my favorite time travel novels and I thought The Sudden Appearance of Hope was a solid book — her newest, The End of the Day, appears to be another fantastical sci-fi mystery in the same vein.

April 25th, 2017

Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Standalone)

Mark Lawrence

In the Unhewn Throne series, my favorite (and many other readers’ favorite) character was the wisecracking, coldly violent, Death-worshipping Pyrre. Mark Lawrence’s Skullsworn is her story.


Cory Doctorow

Walkaway: A Novel by [Doctorow, Cory]

Where have you been, Mr. Doctorow? It seems like it’s been forever since HomelandWalkaway is his first grown-up novel in four years, and it looks to be a doozy: an apocalyptic, dystopian tale with the classic Doctorowian study of society and technology. I’m in!