all ya dystopian novels all the time

lavenderplanet  asked:

do you know of any sci-fi books w/ bisexual protagonists that sold well and would be considered successful (even in the loosest sense of the word)? I know the Adaptation duology, but I can't find anything else. this is for a post on mogii representation in ya lit, specifically how silly it is that some people are calling divergent sci-fi's first bi allegory when there are sci-fi books w/ canon bi characters that have done well.

Here are a few that come to mind, mostly YA but some adult:

Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis - bisexual sci-fi/fantasy
Proxy by Alex London - gay sci-fi dystopian 
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - bisexual sci-fi/horror
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson - bisexual sci-fi/dystopian
Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo - bisexual sci-fi
Pantomime and Shadowplay by Laura Lam - trans/intersex steampunk fantasy
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj - all kinda queer sci-fi
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan - all kinda queer sci-fi graphic novel series
Love In The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block - all kinda queer sci-fi mythology retelling
Beyond the Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction edited by Brit Mandelo - won last year’s Bisexual Book Award in speculative fiction. 

I also did a round up of thoughts on Divergent as a bisexual allegory (ie it’s pretty shitty) here.  There is also this two part series on LGBTQ scifi in the 70’s and after.  

If you find more, please send them my way!  Good luck!

- Sarah 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I need some new books to check out, so top 10 favourite reads so far this year? Thank you!

okay narrowing this down is incredibly hard because there’s at least ~17 that I would say I absolutely loved. But 10 it is. Here are my favourite reads so far:

(I’m totally cheating and counting whole series’ as one though; they’re in no particular order)

  • Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. If you haven’t at least considered reading these yet, you’re missing out. The first book is called The Knife of Never Letting Go, and the series is such a unique spin on YA dystopian sci-fi. The messages are so powerful, and you get so attached to the characters, but you don’t really realise any of that until the last book. Chaos Walking will be on my favourites list for a long time. Brilliant characters, and will make you feel all the feels. 
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi. Another YA dystopian sci-fi. This trilogy is all kinds of awesome. Great characters, never boring, lots of action, and the romance is wonderful. I just love these books so much.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • The Messenger by Markus Zusak. A stand alone novel bursting with life lessons and basically teaching the protagonist how to be a good person. It follows a young man named Ed who just does pretty much nothing with his life- he has a job, but he isn’t exactly happy. He starts getting these playing cards in the mail with local addresses on them, and he starts doing good deeds. Definitely give this book a chance. 
    [goodreads link]
  • Anna and the French Kiss (as well as Lola and Isla) by Stephanie Perkins. These books. If you want wonderful contemporaries that are about more than just the romance, have fantastic characters, and are really quick reads that you won’t put down- these are the books for you. Just do it. Read them.
    [goodreads link to Anna]
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. Honestly, this book was a little bit difficult to get through because of all the themes it deals with, but reading it is absolutely worth it. Just to get to the ending. This is about a young girl named Laurel who is dealing with the death of her sister, and it’s written through letters to famous dead people. There is romance for the main character, but it’s background. It’s more about her making friends, what they get up to, and learning to see her sister for the person she was. It also includes a teen lesbian romance subplot. It’s incredibly realistic and heart-wrenching. The ending though. So worth it. 
    [goodreads link]
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. If you haven’t heard about this book yet, you must not have been around for long. So here is your introduction to one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This is about two young boys who become friends and grow together, both as individuals and and as, well, more. The beauty of this book is just magnificent. The way it’s written, the characters, the plot, and even the cover. A+ book. 
    [goodreads link]
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series, so I can’t say too much about it. But basically it’s my absolute favourite read of the year. I strongly urge all fantasy fans to flock to this series. The first book is good. The second book is great. This third book though? completely blew them both away. The series really comes into it’s fantasy element here, and the character development, the friendships, the plot development, and the writing, were all fantastic. Please, please read this series. If you’re not swept away by the first book, at least give a try to the second book and see how you go from there. I promise it’s worth it. 
    [goodreads link to first book] [gr link to HoF]
  • Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. If you’re looking for an incredibly kick-ass dystopian with highly intelligent characters, a good romance, POC main characters, interesting writing, fast-paced plot and just overall awesome, you should definitely pick up this trilogy. I didn’t realise how attached I was to the characters until the end of the third book. These books sucked me right in and didn’t let go. Utterly fantastic. 
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman. An interesting YA stand alone, character driven novel. There’s a plot, but it develops very subtly and I appriciated how that all came together. My favourite thing about it was the characters, though. How well fleshed out they are and how very real they all are. It’s bursting with pop culture references, since the main character is a blogger, and seeing fandom in the book was cool. I also really loved how the story and the characters all came together in the end. I just loved it. All around love. 
    [goodreads link]
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I have so much love for this book. The way it was written, the well fleshed out characters, the plot, how real it is. The characters are people we’re usually taught to hate, and while Zhang didn’t tell us to love or hate them, she showed us how much more there is to people in general. This book was perfect. Pick it up. Please. 
    [goodreads link]