Thursday, March 12, 2020

Five books set in a fantastical America

Sara Holland is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Everless, Evermore, and most recently Havenfall.

At she tagged five novels set in a fantastical America, including:
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

In the pressure-cooker environment of a Bay Area prep school, high-achieving sixteen-year-old Genie Lo will do whatever it takes to get into Harvard. But her plans are disrupted when she discovers that she is the reincarnation of an ancient weapon belonging to the Monkey King of Chinese mythology; furthermore, the obnoxious but cute new boy at school, Quentin, is in fact the manifestation of Sun Wukong himself. Oh, and there’s been a jailbreak in hell. A host of terrifying demons have escaped, and Genie must quickly get a handle on her newfound powers in order to dispatch them back. Yet she can’t defer her day-to-day responsibilities just because she’s singlehandedly responsible for saving the world–a mood that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever lost sleep over college applications. In between learning her abilities and kicking demon butt, she has to keep her grades up, deal with friend and family drama, and navigate the push-pull chemistry she feels with Quentin. The pace is breakneck, and Genie’s fabulously dry, sarcastic humor keeps things from feeling too heavy, even when the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue