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by Andrew Smith
Exile From Eden picks up sixteen years after the bug apocalypse and is just as crazy, funny, and crass as its predecessor. This time, the story revolves around Arek, a sixteen-year-old boy who has grown up in an underground shelter called, “The Hole.” Fans of the first book will instantly recognize his two dads, his mom, and other members of Arek’s bunker family. When Arek inevitably ventures out into the wasteland, he meets mutant bugs, a friendly chimp, and finds love.
Readers can enjoy Smith’s new book without having read the first one, but I’d highly recommend reading both (since multiple characters from the first novel make appearances in this one). If you’re into weird, funny, and interesting science fiction, or if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a hybrid of The 5th Wave, Slaughterhouse Five, and the Fallout games, this young adult novel is definitely one you should checkout soon!
by Thomas Wheeler
Cursed is a new YA novel by screenwriter, Thomas Wheeler. In this refreshingly feminist spin on the Arthur story, a young woman named Nimue must wield a magic sword, unite a kingdom, and rise from humble roots to become Queen. Along the way, she encounters familiar characters like Merlin and Arthur (who is a dashing assassin here, not a king). Graphic novel fans will love the illustrations by famous writer/artist, Frank Miller (Sin City, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns).
Read the book before the new television adaptation premieres on Netflix in 2020!
by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
James Patterson Presents: Once & Future is another fantastically feminist twist on the Arthurian legend. Similar to Cursed, Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy switch the protagonist from hero to heroine. However, unlike Cursed, they get rid of the medieval element, and totally revamp the story by setting it in outer space and making its lead character, a teen girl named Ari, the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. This book features classic story elements like a magic sword and a grumpy old wizard, but also adds a swoon-worthy LGBTQIA+ romance.
The author creates a vivid (albeit bleak) atmosphere throughout her novel that is guaranteed to give readers goosebumps. There is an underlying message relating to the damage caused by bullying, but the book will mostly resonate with young fans of Gothic horror stories/movies who are in for a good scare.
If you’re looking for a terrifyingly good book to keep you up at night, Here There Are Monsters is for you.
by Kieron Gillen
Once & Future (not to be confused with James Patterson Presents: Once & Future) is yet another modern take on the classic Arthur myth. This one comes in the form of an ongoing comic book series from BOOM! Studios, written by Kieran Gillen and illustrated by Dan Mora. Once & Future is set in the modern day, and focuses on a young man named Duncan and his monster-hunting grandma, Bridgette. The action kicks off when an evil faction of Nationalists brings an ancient enemy from British mythology back from the dead. Check out the first issues on Hoopla today!