ya steampunk

There’s a saddening lack of books with pansexual/panromantic rep included in queer book recs, so I’ve compiled a list of books for us pans, that I will be continuously updating.

Some notes: I haven’t read the majority of these books, so I’m trusting the people who sent me recs and the research I’ve done. Some of the books are part of series, and I’m not sure if the pan character is in one or some/all books, so keep that in mind.

For each book I’ve put the genre, the names of the characters if I could find them, if it’s canon or implied/hinted, and a goodreads link.

Happy reading!

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

This was a great way to start the year. Reading a book about books and the secret Librarian spies who retrieve them from different alternate realities. Everything from the world building to the gender roles was thought through and how to execute it. If you read A Thousand Pieces of You, you’ll like this.

Disability in YA Lit: The Lunar Chronicles

I finished The Lunar Chronicles last week (YA steampunk fairytale series) and can I just say: read it. There’s no LGBTQ characters, unfortunately, but almost everyone is disabled, and the series deals with it really well. 

Also, much of the main cast is PoC; Cinderella and Prince Charming, the two central characters, are both Chinese, living in New Beijing. Winter, the most beautiful princess in the all the land, is a black woman with natural hair. A lot of other characters are dark-skinned as well, though with unspecified nationalities (I mean, a lot of them are from the literal moon, so it gets a bit hand-wavy.) 

The point though, is that whiteness isn’t portrayed as the pinnacle of beauty, and a black woman - who usually wouldn’t be portrayed as soft and gentle and a darling of the people - is a princess, sheltered and protected and very much loved (well, by all but the evil queen, but it is a fairy tale after all.)

When it comes to disability, this whole series is a treat. To start with, Cinder is a cyborg who has two prosthetic limbs, and a variety of other mechanical parts. The first book deals in depth with the stigma she faces as a cyborg, as well as the day-to-day difficulties she deals with because she doesn’t have the mobility equipment she needs. 

Next up we have Cress (Rapunzel, basically.) She’s a programmer who’s locked away in a satellite orbiting earth for most of her life, tasked with spying on the Earthens for the Lunar queen. She’s brilliant, obviously, but also very, very anxious. (mild/general spoilers ahead)

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“In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.”

A gifset for the awesome TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim. Keep your eyes out for when this beauty hits shelves in november! Add it to your goodreads list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25760792-timekeeper

and follow the lovely author here: @tarasimauthor