Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!
This is a tricky topic. I know what I don’t want to see in the new year – I always have too many opinions and most of them are negative. It’s just who I am.
YA space operas with interesting worldbuilding
All YA space operas I’ve read so far disappointed me. There are so many adult sci-fi books with a truly unique, consistent worldbuilding, and I can’t find the same in YA. Also, the “scientific” parts are usually badly researched and they break my suspension of disbelief every time.
I hope Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne won’t disappoint me too.
Morally Complex Dynamics
I am always hoping.
While many books have morally gray characters, I rarely see truly morally gray dynamics like villain ships or complicated situations in which the villain is actually kind of right in some ways (just like in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo). Just give me all the messed up things, at least I won’t be bored.
I know Revenant Gun will have morally complex dynamics, because that’s what the series is about, and I also hope Warcross #2 and All the Wandering Light won’t take a black-and-white approach to the conflict; the endings of Warcross and Even the Darkest Stars have a lot of potential.
Since publishing houses seem to think everything has to have a romance, especially if it’s a YA book, there’s basically no aromantic rep in traditional publishing. I want that to change.
I have heard that Moonshine by Jasmine Gower will have an aromantic side character (ownvoices), and I can’t wait. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller has an aro character too, and so did Raven Stratagem (aro main character!), but I don’t know if said character will be in Revenant Gun because it follows other PoVs.
(Don’t read that aloud. Please.)
There are many f/f books that will be published in 2018. Unfortunately, almost all of them are contemporary and set in America; most of them will deal with homophobia. And that’s not what I want to read. I want f/f sci-fi and fantasy.
I know The Unbinding of Mary Reade will have f/f and it’s historical fiction (not fantasy, but more interesting than contemporary); The Phoenix Empress is the second book in a f/f adult fantasy series; Girls of Paper and Fire will be an Asian-inspired f/f fantasy book.
Just Give Me More Weird
I really like weird, unusual books. Books like Vassa in the Night, in which Baba Yaga stores walk around Brooklyn on chicken legs; books like A Line in the Dark, which is basically half dark, almost slice-of-life contemporary and half mystery; books like Spellbook of the Lost and Found, in which you don’t understand if the magic is even real.
I want SFF to distance itself from tired tropes and take a more interesting direction sometimes. If it’s both weird and morally gray, even better.
I hope Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente will deliver some nonsense (I mean, its premise is literally Eurovision meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). And I hope The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke will be as twisted and unusual as her previous novel Wink Poppy Midnight. And if you like weird, you want to read Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift. I’ve read an ARC of it, and it was everything I wanted and more.
Do you have any recommendations for any of these wishes? What do you want to see in books in 2018?