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10 Books for the March 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge

2020 WOTN Reading Challenge

#WotNReadingChallenge Prompt: A Hopepunk Book

This month, for the #WotNReadingChallenge, we are looking at the hopepunk genre. “Hopepunk” is a genre name coined by fantasy author Alexandra Rowland. In hopepunk works, things may not be ideal. Societies may oppress, or the environment may be destroyed. However, characters in hopepunk works tend to work together for a better future, despite the odds. Read their essay for more about hopepunk.

This seemed a good prompt with which to start March. February can feel dark and depressing, even if the weather doesn’t quite agree with that impression. If you feel that way, chin up and keep going. Spring is coming, and there are so many things to see.

10 Books for Your #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

March 2020 #WotnReadingChallengeIn this popular novel, a young woman escapes a mysterious past by taking an administrative job on a small vessel. Then, the crew takes a job on what is practically the other side of the galaxy. During that journey, the crew gets closer together, founding their own family.

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

anticipated releases Feb 2020In a desolate Western future, Esther runs away from home after a horrible fate befalls her closest friend. She hides in the Librarians’ wagon, hoping for an escape from the conservative danger of her life. However, Esther finds something even better than that.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is set in a world where devastating environmental events, called the fifth season, happen with regularity. As the book begins, one of the most devastating events in generations occurs. We follow three perspectives in time to discover what it took to bring the world to this point.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

March 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeAfter a meteor hits the east coast of the United States and causes a climate event in 1952, this alternate version of Earth is sufficiently motivated to send people to space. Among the people looking to assist Space Race against the Earth is brilliant mathematician/pilot Elma York. She and her female colleagues have to face the unlikely odds as well as 1950s attitudes regarding the contributions of women.

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

After New York City drowns, after the United States erode, a city exists in the Arctic Circle called Qaanaaq. One day, a woman shows up with an orca and polar bear. That one event upends the lives of Qaanaaq’s citizens forever.

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

September 2019 new book releases - Annalee Newitz - The Future of Another Timeline (Spet. 2019)This is a fiercely feminist time travel novel where women and nonbinary people fight to prevent their rights from being erased by men who will only see them as less than. In another timeline, Beth wonders how far her friends will go to assert themselves against the predators teenage women have to deal with regularly.

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

March 2020 #WotnReadingChallengeA man known as Chant is arrested in a foreign land with a seemingly Kafkaesque political system. When the political leaders take notice of Chant, they start passing him around like a chess piece. Tired of this treatment, Chant decides the only thing to do is to upend the board from his prison cell.

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

March 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeShadows are disappearing, and with them, memories. When Max loses her shadow, she leaves her husband Ory, frightened of the future they would have if she stayed. However, Ory doesn’t give up on Max that easily.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

March 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeSociety as we know it has ended after a deadly pandemic (sorry if this seems too topical). In the embers of society, the Traveling Symphony roams what is left, bringing art (specifically the works of William Shakespeare) to the remnants of civilization.

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Environmental collapse has radically altered the shape of civilization. However, people are still out there, in their own communities. Enid of Haven is a community mediator. She doesn’t have a ton of experience yet, but now she has to determine whether a man was murdered.

 

What are you going to read for this month’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt? Talk about it with us on social media!

 


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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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