The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is travelling in the seams between the stars. Here in the darkness, a war for control of the Legion has been waged for generations, with no clear resolution.

As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Makshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation. But can she and the band of cast-off followers she has gathered survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?

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What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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A childless woman resorts to forbidden magic in her quest for a baby.  A widow boils with rage at the grudging welcome her daughters receive in her sister’s home.  In a devastated, not too distant future, a ‘grief worker’ discovers a miraculous ability to remove emotional pain – at a price.

The characters in What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky are men and women who want things that remain impossible or out of reach.  What unites them is the toughness of lives where opportunities are scant, and where fortunes can change faster than the flick of a switch.

Conjuring worlds at once familiar and unsettlingly different, What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky showcases the work of a writer of startling promise at the beginning of an exciting literary career.

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The Book Of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

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They call her many things – a research project, a test-subject, a specimen.  An abomination.

But she calls herself Phoenix, an ‘accelerated woman’ – a genetic experiment grown and raised in Manhattan’s famous Tower 7, the only home she has ever known.  Although she’s only two years old, Phoenix has the body and mind of an adult – and powers beyond imagining.  Phoenix is an innocent, happy to live quietly in Tower 7, reading voraciously and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human.

Until the night that Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life.  Devastated, Phoenix begins to search for answers – only to discover everything she that she has ever known is a lie.

Tower 7 isn’t a haven.  It’s a prison.  And it’s time for Phoenix to spread her wings and rise. 

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