Sun and Moon: SF/Fantasy Previews, Jul. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

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Benford, Gregory. Shadows of Eternity. Gallery: Saga: S. & S. Jul. 2021. 448p. ISBN 9781534443624. $27.99. SF

French, Jonathan. The Free Bastards. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9780593156681. $28. Downloadable. FANTASY

Hendrix, Grady. The Final Girl Support Group. Berkley. Jul. 2021. 400p.ISBN 9780593201237. $26. Downloadable. HORROR

Kalfar, Jaroslav. A Brief History of Living Forever: (In Their Idle Moments). Little, Brown. Jul. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780316463188. $28. Downloadable. SF/POSTAPOCALYPSE

Parker-Chan, Shelley. She Who Became the Sun. Tor. Jul. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781250621801. $27.99. FANTASY/HISTORICAL

Roy, Lucinda. The Freedom Race. Tor. Jul. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781250258908. $27.99. SF/POSTAPOCALYPSE

Van Loan, Ryan. The Justice in Revenge. Tor. Jul. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781250222619. $27.99. FANTASY/ACTION & ADVENTURE

In two-time Nebula Award winner Benford’s Shadows of Eternity, earthlings have established a SETI library on the moon two centuries hence to interpret messages from alien societies, and beginner Librarian Ruth runs in trouble as she attempts to sort out the aggression she encounters (35,000-copy first printing). Begun with the LJ Best SF/Fantasy The Grey Bastards, the “Lot Lands” trilogy now wraps with The Free Bastards and inevitable war. In the latest from Hendrix, author of the New York Times best-selling The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Lynnette Tarkington is a member of The Final Girl Support Girl—women who have been the only survivors of massacres—and now it looks like someone wants to knock them off. In A Brief History of Living Forever, an edgy, politically informed follow-up to Kalfar’s multi-finalist debut, Spacemen in Bohemia, a young woman in surveillance-heavy 2029 America must convince the Czech brother she’s never met to help her find the remains of their mother, buried in mass grave for immigrants (35,000-copy first printing). Set in a 1345 China buckling under brutal Mongol rule, debuter Parker-Chan’s big-buzzing She Who Became the Sun follows a peasant girl who adopts her brother’s identity after his death to enter a monastery as a young male novice (125,000-copy first printing). Activist/author Roy turns to speculative fiction with Freedom Race, the story of America after a second civil war, with a new slave trade from Africa instituted and a young woman named Ji-ji Lottermule the key to challenging the power of the Homestead Territories of the Disunited States (125,000-copy first printing). In Van Loan’sThe Justice in Revenge, second in a series begun with the LJ-starred The Sin in the Steel, young toughie Buc has won a seat on the board of Kanados Trading Company and plans to destroy the gods that have caused so much suffering (75,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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