By Kim Liggett
In a patriarchal society girls are sent away for their sixteenth year, their “grace year” to rid themselves of magic. The focus is Tierney, the main character as she struggles to survive.
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By John Lanchester
This dystopian novel offers a scarily realistic look of what the world could look like in the future. You can also listen to our review of this book on our podast, Shelf Esteem. It is available to listen to on your favourite podcasting platform. Ask a staff member for more information.
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by David Weber
If you’re looking for sci-fi novels featuring intricate politics, detailed world building and a society that has been brainwashed to believe technology is the work of the Devil then David Weber’s Safehold Series is for you! A word of warning – these are a slow read and it takes a while for the major actions to happen.
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By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I have no words to describe this book! With such a unique format to run alongside a storyline full of pink haired hackers, explosions, and psycho AI’s trying to blow space stations up I can’t even fault it! If that doesn’t persuade you, illuminae is #loveOZYA!
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By P. Djeli Clark
Set in an alternate history 1884 New Orleans, Creeper is a street urchin who witnesses a clandestine meeting between some shady characters and decides she can use the information she witnessed to bribe her way on to an airship’s crew. However she ends up working to prevent an apocalypse with the help of some African deities. There is goddesses, mystical artefacts, airships, Haitian scientists, and a pair of bad-ass nuns. Although there is only a touch over 100 pages, the author manages to pack in a heap of world building that makes me really hope we see more soon!
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“Six of Crows” is like “Ocean’s Eleven” for the YA fantasy crowd!
Leigh Bardugo’s world-building is excellent and her characters intriguing, especially the anti-heroes in “Six of Crows”.
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Starting with: Assassin’s Apprentice – In this beautifully written series of 9 books you’ll find great world building that doesn’t get in the way of characters and plot. Make sure you read this when you’re in a good mood because when bad things happen, they always happen to Fitz (the protagonist).
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