Welcome to my eleventh Diversity Spotlight Thursday! This wonderful weekly blog meme was created and is hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here.
My participation in this meme is to help me with one of my reading goals: to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. Every two weeks I will share with you:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
I wanted to do a theme for this week’s Diversity Spotlight – so this week’s theme is: diverse science-fiction!
A Book I Have Read
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.
I read this book for Black History Month last month, and I loved this book. It’s complex, compelling, explores emotional and ethical questions, and has extraordinary characters. More importantly, it is an unflinching look into America’s dark past: a neo-slave narrative, explores freedom, identity, as well as race and gender.
I cannot recommend this book enough – it is a classic with good reason.
A Book On My TBR
On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
“January 29, 2035.
That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.
Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?
When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?”
I’ve read Duyvis’s Otherbound and loved its fresh narratives and ideas. Though in the end I wasn’t a big fan of Otherbound – don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fantastic book! – I have high hopes for On The Edge of Gone. It sounds like an enthralling book, and I need me more diverse science-fiction novels. Plus, On The Edge of Gone has disability representation, and I’m always game for books with disability rep.
A Book That Hasn’t Been Released Yet
Want by Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?
Doesn’t the summary sound super duper awesome? This sounds like a sci-fi that explores themes like humanity, futurism, corporate greed, corruption and inequality – themes I love to read about, especially in science-fiction.
The fact that the main character is Chinese and, I assume, set in China, makes me even more excited. I cannot wait to see read Want; I have such a good feeling about it.
Hooray, another Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I will be posting my next spotlight on the 4th of May!
- Are you interested in reading any of these books? 😊 Which one and why?
- Have you read any of these books yet? If yes, what do you think? Should I be excited?
- Did you participate in Diversity Spotlight Thursday this week? If so, please share your link with me! I’d love to see your three choices!