The City in the Middle of the Night
by Charlie Jane Anders (she/her)
This sci-fi adventure is filled with hope and compassion despite overwhelming darkness. In the distant future, humans have abandoned Earth to colonize January, a tidally locked world where half the planet is in constant darkness while the other half is always in sunlight. Sophie is exiled to the frozen, shadowy side after taking the fall for a crime committed by her friend Bianca. The story alternates between the perspectives of these two young queer protagonists. Through incredible world-building and storytelling, this book immerses readers in its strange setting. Although the narrative is slow to begin, the ending will leave readers wanting more-hopefully a sequel is in the works. VERDICT Mesmerizing.