Must-read sci-fi and fantasy novels for MayMust-read sci-fi and fantasy novels for May

Welcome to another installment of the Fangrrls genre fiction preview! There are some great titles releasing in May. I’m a little behind on my reading (Star Wars Celebration saw to that), so I haven’t read as many of these as I’d like. If you check them out, please feel free to tell me what you think!

Triple Threat – Gwenda Bond (Switch Press, May 1)

If you haven’t been reading Gwenda Bond’s Lois Lane books, they’re an absolute delight and you should pick them up immediately. The first book, Fallout, features a teenage Lois moving to a new city and solving a mystery with her reporting skills, with the help of a mysterious guy with the online nickname “SmallvilleGuy.” Double Down followed, and now we’re at the third installment in the series Triple Threat. The teasers for this book have been cryptic (thankfully—I hate it when publishers give away the entire plot!), but it promises to be a case even Lois isn’t sure she can solve.

Star Wars: Rebel Rising – Beth Revis (Disney-Hyperion, May 2)

Beth Revis’ YA novel brings us Jyn Erso before the events of Rogue One, charting the course of her life after Saw Gerrera found her in that hole on Lah’mu to the Rebels breaking her out of the Imperial prison on Wobani. How exactly did Jyn become such a hard person, willing to do whatever it takes to survive? This novel shows us the heartbreaking road her life took. I’m very partial to Jyn Erso, so I absolutely loved this book.

The Boy on the Bridge – M.R. Carey (Orbit, May 2)

The Boy on the Bridge has been billed as a sequel to the surprise hit The Girl with All the Gifts, but it actually appears to be more of a companion novel. I’ll admit that I’ve had a review copy of this sitting on my desk for awhile now but haven’t actually read it, and I can’t say I know much about it based on the description/marketing copy. What I do know is that it’s not a direct sequel, but rather a companion novel set in the same world, and features a young boy sent out into the world by a group of humans.

All Systems Red – Martha Wells (, May 2)

This novella, clocking in at just 160 pages, is the first in a series called The Murderbot Diaries. The main character? A lethal security droid who has overcome its programming and is fighting its instinct to kill, calling itself Murderbot. All Murderbot wants to do is be left alone to contemplate its own existence, but instead, it is sent with a team of scientists to a distant planet. When things go awry, it’s up to Murderbot to figure out what’s happening and why.

Substrate Phantoms – Jessica Reisman (Arche Press, May 16)

Is Termagenti—a space station hub—haunted? That’s what people have been saying for years. Some even think that the haunting might be an actual alien presence, though humanity hasn’t yet encountered an alien civilization. Jhinsei and his crew are one of the many groups that keep the space station running, but after an accident kills…

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