Willful Machines by Tim Floreen (gay YA Sci-Fi)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (genderfluid contemp YA)
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (m/m trans Romance)
Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher (m/m/f Romance)
Dust by Ann McMan (f/f Mystery)
Fun and cute shippy sci-fi, even for people who don’t usually love sci-fi! (Like me. I do not usually like sci-fi. I liked this book.) And as a bonus, if you love it, Floreen’s got a whole new book out you can buy next!
The closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that’s terrorizing the United States—and has zeroed in on him as its next target—in this “socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.
Charlotte’s attacks have everyone on high alert—everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets.
But when attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he’s Charlotte’s next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too.
As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte’s plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive…and what makes life worth living.
Buy it: Amazon * B&N * Indiebound
Dystopian can be a tough genre to track down these days, especially because it’s usually mashed up with another genre. But for those who’ve been on the hunt, here are five to get you started!
The Culling by Steven dos Santos (G)
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (B, f/f)
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen (G)
Coda by Emma Trevayne (B, m/f)
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (GQ)