T5W: Genre Benders

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is  Genre Benders.

Books that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski


This book is set in a world/time period that doesn’t exist and has never existed, but there’s no magic at all, and I don’t want to call something “fantasy” when there are no mythical creatures or magic whatsoever. But it’s not historical fiction either.

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo


Half of this book is a dark contemporary about unrequited crushes and toxic friendships, and it’s told in first person; the second half is a thriller, and it’s told in third person. It feels like two different books together, but it works, and I love it. It’s my favorite YA thriller.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi


Is it real? Is it magical realism? Most of the book feels like a contemporary about immigration – a really good one, I loved seeing America from Fabiola’s PoV – but then… magic?

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee


This is my favorite book and I still don’t know if it’s science fiction or a fantasy in space with a really complicated magic system based on science. When I say that the line between fantasy and sci-fi is blurred (especially in adult fiction) I mean it.

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente


What is this book? It’s a mystery, it’s told trough mixed media, it’s non-linear, it’s alt-history, it’s set in space (but not our space!), it’s set in an alternate universe where the planets of the solar system have their own ecosystems with weird animals and plants, it’s a transcription of a film, or many of them, it’s decopunk and it’s totally incomprehensible and beautiful.

What are your favorite genre-bending books?

4 thoughts on “T5W: Genre Benders

  1. Hi Acqua, what a fun list! You made each one of these sound intriguing and I don’t even read adult scifi (that often!) I admit though, A Line in the Dark sounds super good and i have wondered about it in the past but no one every explicitly stated what was going on with the book like you did! I’ll have to check it out.

    I love top 5 Wednesday… Here’s my post if you’re interested in my choices ❤ http://wp.me/p3LRfZ-6ho

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