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Melanie is a compulsive reader and lifelong bibliophile. She dabbles in editing, bookbinding, and writing. Find her listening to a nonfiction audiobook on her commute around town or curled up with some literary or speculative fiction--along with her kitten Stella, of course.
A YA retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that reimagines the demure (and bland) character of Elizabeth Lavenza, bride of Victor Frankenstein. Fans of the classic novel may be tempted to throw this book across the room halfway through, but trust me that this fresh take will come to a satisfying--and perhaps unexpected--conclusion.
The Wayfarers series is loosely tied together so you don't necessarily have to read them in order!
The Long Way to a Small, Broken Planet follows a quirky found family on an episodic journey. It was the first book of the series published and is the best introduction to Chambers' complex and well-crafted universe of humans and aliens.
A Closed and Common Orbit follows directly after A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, exploring the stories of two side characters. Its alternating narratives ramp up in sync, with intertwined themes and characters. My favorite in the series so far and highly recommended to fans of AIs!
The latest release, Record of a Spaceborn Few is set hundreds of years before the first two books. Unfortunately, I haven't read it quite yet, but I'm looking forward to it!