Hate sunlight? Not crazy about temperatures over 90 degrees at the end of March? Want to push off the Arizona summer for just a little bit longer? Here are a few new releases to help you pass the time INDOORS and avoid the balmy temperatures outside. (A guest post by former CPL librarian Melissa.)
Ill Will by Dan Chaon (pronounced like Shawn, not Chaos) is a creepy and dark suspense novel that will keep you feeling nice and cool (but NOT relaxed). The main character, Dustin Tillman, is a psychologist in Ohio wandering through life when he finds out that his adopted brother is being released from prison…his adopted brother who is in prison for murdering their parents. This news - combined with a patient who pulls Dustin into a conspiracy-filled investigation about multiple drowning deaths - shakes up Dustin’s life. The unfolding mysteries combined with Chaon’s writing create a sneaky kind of horror and you will not want to stop reading (even though you’re feeling a little anxiety about what’s going on). Perfect for fans of Carsten Stroud, Gillian Flynn, and Tom Wright.
In The Wanderers by Meg Howrey, the author manages to take her inspiration from the Mars One project and craft a quiet, slow-paced character-driven novel about preparing for the first manned mission to Mars. In this novel, Prime Space (a fictionalized mix between the Mars One project and Elon Musk’s project with SpaceX) is planning its MarsNOW mission. In preparation, they take three of the most experienced astronauts on Earth and put them in the most realistic simulation ever attempted. For 18 months, they are separated from their families and trapped in tight quarters with each other. The novel alternates chapters between seven characters: the astronauts, PrimeSpace support staff, and the astronaut’s families. This isn’t a book of action - it is very much a novel about the people, their relationships, and our desire to explore the unknown. Perfect for fans of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, and Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer.
American War by Omar El Akkad is a timely and dark reminder that there is no winner once the war is over. The author envisions a second American Civil War where the Reds and Blues wage war over fossil fuels, a plague has devastated the population, and humans have lost control of the drones they created. Much of the novel follows Sarat Chestnut and her family from Louisiana, to a displaced persons camp where she matures, and finally to her life at the end of the war. It is a scary and heartbreaking look at what happens when we refuse to compromise and only share the worst versions of ourselves. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, and The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales.