Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.
This is one of my favorite blog memes to participate in but it’s been months since I’ve done one! So, here we go! All of these books feature characters of color.
Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller
Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.
As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.
But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.
Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.
I’m actually planning a full review of this but wow is this book spectacular. It’s dual POV, and one of the perspectives is a brown girl! The story also has a gender fluid character, and they do switch pronouns throughout the story, which is rare in YA sci-fi fantasy.
This book was just all-around incredible. If you’re still hung up on the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles like I am, this is definitely one that you should pick up. A butt-kicking cast, wonderful world building, and a plot that just doesn’t quit, this is a clear 5 star read. I’m chomping at the bit for the sequel.
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.
Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.
Both the main characters in this dual-POV story are people of color! I believe that Linny is biracial and Sebastian is Mexican.
I’ve been wanting to read this one since I requested it on Netgalley at the beginning of the year and was so bummed when I didn’t get approved. So, of course, I bought it the moment it came out and can’t wait to dive in! I’ve read nothing but glowing reviews.
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.
Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.
As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.
Dare Mighty Things is one of my most anticipated releases of the entire year. And, it’s apparently going to be a duology. This book features an Indian-American girl on the ace spectrum. (According to some reviews, she is asexual, but others just say she’s on the spectrum, so I’m not positive where she is on the spectrum).
I’m not gonna lie, the cover reveal was a teensy bit disappointing, but I’m still really psyched for this sci-fi!
And that’s a wrap on this Diversity Spotlight Thursday! Are any of these on your TBR? Have you already read them? What did you think? What diverse reads are you anticipating? Tell me in the comments! 🙂