It’s a really turbulent time in the world and it’s not something that’s gone unnoticed by the publishing world. Twitter is awash with political opinions, protests and support. I’ve noticed in some of the books I’ve received for review that this feeling of change; positive and negative, can be felt in the stories we’re seeing pop up on our shelves too. He’s a little round-up of the books I’ve received recently that have BIG things to talk about and why they’re going on my To Be Read Pile:
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
Published by Walker Books UK, this is the story of a war-torn Leningrad during Nazi occupation as one resident decides to compose some music to rally the spirits of his city as they battle between the Nazi’s and the Soviet government. An unusual book that mixes fiction with found images and documents with a powerful message of what a small thing hope can seem but it can grow to become a guiding light.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
The Hate U Give is one of THE most talked about books of the year so far and is likely to create a big storm once it officially lands in the UK. With a story inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement it’s a story that has an important message behind it that is bound to sweep up loads of awards for the wonderful manner it’s handled.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together has already caused a stir with the big book awards by nabbing the Costa award for Children’s book of the year and more are likely to follow. A harrowing tale about life when war rips up the life you know and how refugees can have a powerful impact on your world when it feels like it’s falling apart.
The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter & Neuromancer by William Gibson
These two books from Gollancz are important for their message about the future, or at least the possible futures that could be had. Dystopian novels have seen a sudden rise in sales with the likes of 1984 and The Handmaiden’s Tale shooting back up the charts due to current real life circumstances.
The Massacre of Mankind is a continuation of the War of the Worlds story when the aliens have learnt and returned to Earth to create more destruction and suffering. Neuromancer is a cult science fiction book that’s been reissued with new edition covers and are likely to fly off the shelves as its reputation precedes it. In a cyber-fuelled future, Case has made enemies with the wrong people and now must fight for his survival … by risking his life and his mind.
All these books have Important Things to say and you should really consider giving them your time in the future.