As summer approaches, it’s the perfect moment to embark on the exciting task of selecting the ideal books to accompany you during your vacations or those precious moments of leisure when you crave a captivating tale. In the delightful month of June, an array of highly anticipated book releases awaits your eager anticipation. This curated collection presents nine remarkable science fiction and fantasy books spanning different age groups, encompassing middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction.
Whether your heart yearns for immersive and robot-infested dystopian realms, thrilling murder mysteries set within a school of budding magicians, or enchanting narratives that whimsically explore the intricacies of first contact, this handpicked selection promises a diverse range of stories that will undoubtedly captivate your imagination.
Now, as you embark on this literary adventure, prepare to discover personalized and unique literary gems that will transport you to extraordinary worlds and leave an indelible mark on your reading journey.
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1. Meru by S. B. Divya
In a remarkable space opera by S. B. Divya, a woman, and her pilot defy the odds to reshape the future of the species. This epic tale explores themes of aspiration, compassion, and redemption, as they journey to an Earthlike planet called Meru. For Jayanthi, a human with alloy parents, it’s a chance to redeem humanity’s reputation and carve a new place in the universe. Accompanied by Vaha, her alloy pilot, they face unexpected challenges that deepen their bond. Can they overcome the odds and free humanity from its past? Hope prevails, even in the face of adversity.
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2. Conjure Island By Eden Royce (Releasing on June 27, 2023)
A girl forced to spend her summer with a great-grandmother she’s never met discovers a school for Southern conjure magic. As she explores this newfound world, she unravels family secrets and encounters a mysterious presence on the island.
3. On Earth As It Is On Television By Emily Jane
Emily Jane’s captivating novel explores the thrilling arrival and sudden departure of spaceships, igniting questions about our place in the universe. Blaine’s stability wavers as his family’s peculiar interests and a surprise trip challenge him. Heather, under the hovering ships, reevaluates her relationships and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Oliver awakened after years, follows a mysterious cat, setting off on an unforgettable adventure.
4. Shanghai Immortal by A.Y. Chao
This enthralling adult fantasy debut is set in jazz-age Shanghai, where Chinese deities and demons abound. Lady Jing, a half-vampire, half-Huli jing fox-spirit, was sold to the King of Hell as a child. Now his ward, she seizes an opportunity to expose courtiers plotting to steal a valuable dragon pearl. Teaming up with a mortal tasked with establishing the Central Bank of Hell, Jing embarks on a thrilling chase through Hell and mortal Shanghai. But when her actions endanger the mortal, she must choose between revenge and experiencing tenderness—and love.
5. The Infinite Miles by Hannah Fergesen
Hannah Fergesen’s debut is a thrilling time-travel sci-fi odyssey, blending loss, friendship, and Doctor Who homage. Harper must save the future by confronting an alien enemy, guided by a fictional TV hero. Stranded in 1971, she must believe in herself to prevent universal catastrophe. A must-read for fans of Claudia Gray and Kelly Link.
6. The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson
If you knew how grim tomorrow would be, how would you spend today?
Rin, also known as Ringmaster, possesses the ability to time-travel alongside her trapeze artist wife, Odette. Their circus, the Circus of the Fantasticals, offers a safe haven for magical misfits called Sparks. As the world recovers from World War I, Rin’s troupe travels through the Midwest, providing enchantment and respite. However, threats emerge, including an impending war and a malevolent rival circus determined to seize Rin’s treasures.
7. The Moon Represents My Heart by Pim Wangtechawat
“The Moon Represents My Heart is a captivating novel about a Chinese-British family of time travelers seeking connections across borders and time. When the parents vanish into the past, their grieving children, Tommy and Eva, face their own struggles. Tommy’s love for a woman from 1930s London Chinatown leads him on a quest for truth and happiness. This heartfelt debut spans decades and continents, showcasing the family’s bond and resilience.”
8. The Memory of Animals by Claire Fuller
In The Memory of Animals, an award-winning author presents a gripping novel of memory, love, and survival during a devastating pandemic. Neffy, a marine biologist, joins a groundbreaking vaccine trial in London, facing the consequences of her past. As chaos unfolds, she forms a bond with Leon, who introduces a technology to revisit memories. Trust, forgiveness, and the essence of life become paramount. This ambitious and suspenseful work explores our defining qualities and the lengths we go to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
9. The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao
In this Hindu philosophy-inspired debut science fantasy, a husband and wife race to save their living city and troubled marriage high above a jungle world plagued by cataclysmic storms. As architects with psychic powers to manipulate their plant-made civilization, their paths intertwine amidst accusations, deadly truths, and the looming threat of their city’s descent, risking their relationship, culture, and civilization.
Which of the above sci-fi and fantasy books do you plan to read? Comment below!