Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden

Escaping Exodus is a story of a young woman named Seske Kaleigh, heir to the command of a biological, city-size starship carved up from the insides of a spacefaring beast. Her clan has just now culled their latest ship and the workers are busy stripping down the bone work for building materials, rerouting the circulatory system for mass transit, and preparing the cavernous creature for the onslaught of the general populous still in stasis. It’s all a part of the cycle her clan had instituted centuries ago—excavate the new beast, expand into its barely-living car… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Slavery
  • Body horror
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This Weightless World by Adam Soto

This Weightless World by Adam Soto

From the streets of gentrified Chicago to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, This Weightless World follows a revolving cast of characters after alien contact upends their lives. We are introduced to Sevi, a burned-out music teacher desperate for connection; Ramona, his on-again, off-again computer programmer girlfriend; and Sevi’s cello protege Eason, struggling with the closure of his high school; after a mysterious signal arrives from outer space. When the signal–at first seen as a sign of hope–stops as abruptly as it started, they are all forced to reckon with its aftermath. In San Francisco, Sevi fights to find mean… Read more,

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drug use
  • Police brutality
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The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The multiverse business is booming, but there’s just one catch: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying–from diseases, from turf wars, from vendettas they couldn’t outrun. But on this earth, Cara’s survived. And she’s reaping the benefits, thanks to the well-heeled Wiley City scientists who ID’d her as an outlier and plucked her from the dirt. Now she’s got a new job collecting offworld data, a path to citizenship, and a near-perfect Wiley City accent. Now she can pretend she’s always lived in the city she grew up staring at… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Child abandonment & neglect mentioned
  • Domestic abuse
  • Death on an infant mentioned
  • Murder
  • Gang violence
  • Strangulation
  • Physical assault
  • Drowning
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The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Graphic blood & gore depiction
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Animal attack (dog)
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The Offset by Calder Szewczak

The Offset by Calder Szewczak

It is your eighteenth birthday and one of your parents must die. You are the one who decides. Whom do you pick? In a dying world, the Offset ceremony has been introduced to counteract and discourage procreation. It is a rule that is simultaneously accepted, celebrated and abhorred. But in this world, survival demands sacrifice so for every birth, there must be a death. Professor Jac Boltanski is leading Project Salix, a ground-breaking new mission to save the world by replanting radioactive Greenland with genetically-modified willow trees. But things aren’t working out and there are discrepancies in the data. Has… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Public execution
  • Animal death
  • Animal cruelty
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Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn’t glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy? As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured.  And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Medical experimentation
  • Chronic illness & pain
  • Body horror, including eyeball trauma
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.”

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Genocide
  • Body horror, including dental & eyeball horror
  • Medical experimentation
  • Torture
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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Vee doesn’t know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever’s behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it’s easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it’s thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Domestic abuse mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Suicide mentioned
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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home. They hope to find the answers they seek while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Animal death (fish), on-page
  • Animal hunting & fishing
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The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs

The Unstoppable Wasp: Built On Hope by Sam Maggs

Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab, and new to being her own person, far, far away from the clutches of the Red Room-the infamous brainwashing/assassin-training facility. She’s adjusting well to all of this newness, channelling her energy into being a good friend, a good scientist, and a good Super Hero. It’s taking a toll, though, and Nadia’s finding that there are never quite enough hours in a day. So, when she’s gifted a virtual assistant powered by the most cutting-edge A.I. technology that the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Bipolar Disorder
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