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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling story centered around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be human.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
McGuire pairs form with function in this spare story of two sisters who yearn for love, recognition, and belonging in ways that readers will readily identify with—chafing against rules as they long to break free of the expectations of others.
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Aqib bmg Sadiqi is expected to marry well and take over his father’s position as Master of Beasts, but when he falls in love with a visiting soldier, all bets are off.
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
In a future where no one needs to work but the rich keep getting richer, the disenfranchised decide to simply walk away from modern life and start their own utopia.