In September, the summer heat begins to cool, and the weather is ripe for some relaxing backyard reading. Thankfully, this month is packed with a bunch of must-read releases. These are the five books to read in September of 2017:
The Ruin of Angels (Craft Sequence 6)
Readers who have been following Max Gladstone’s paranormal-fantasy Craft Sequence know how ambitious and compelling it is; The Ruin of Angels is the sixth entry in the series, and seeks to continue the tradition of combining fantastical setting with genre-bending story.
Null States (Centenal Cycle 2)
Malka Older’s dystopian thriller Infomocracy was one of my picks for best debuting fiction for 2016, on the strength of sharp, perfectly-paced writing and a chilling premise. Null States, its sequel, should offer more of the same.
Author Annalee Newitz is no stranger to the world of speculative fiction, running io9 and having a couple of published short stories under her belt; however, her future-pharma-dystopian sci-fi book Autonomous, which releases on the 19th, will be her debut novel.
The Imperial Radch trilogy shattered the way I look at space opera with its unique take on things like relationships and gender. I was sad to see the series end. Ann Leckie’s new book Provenance is also a space opera and I expect it to also be packed with new ideas in a planet-hopping journey.
Stephen King & Owen King
Sleeping Beauties has a fascinating premise: it is a world where all women are afflicted with a disease that causes them to become entombed in a cocoon while they sleep. The story follows the one woman isn’t affected by the disease. I don’t know much more about the book than that, but I’m already hooked.