Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 5: Most Anticipated

Today, December 25, is the fifth day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge (I skipped Day 4: Re-reads), and today’s particular challenge is…Most Anticipated (2011 titles)!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets.

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

Fifth
Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie. The concept is irresistible.
Diana Rowland
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, Book 1)
Penguin Daw (US: 5th July 2011)
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First of three contracted books in this series. A white trash chick gets turned into a zombie, and ends up working in a morgue for easy access to brains. A coming-of-age story for the undead.

Fourth
Alayna Williams’s Rogue Oracle, second in the Tara Sheridan series. I heard word of Chernobyl, and was instantly hooked. It also helps that I rather enjoyed the first in the series, Dark Oracle. Fiction needs more fringe science like this.
Alayna Williams
Rogue Oracle (Tara Sheridan, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pocket Juno (US & CA: 22nd February 2011)
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Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around – and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specialises in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realise that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards – and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams – suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

Third
Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, the first in a trilogy. I have a soft spot for cryonics, thanks to Futurama, though I wouldn’t choose that for my body. So of course when I read the deal announcement all those months ago, I really wanted it. And yes, I’m terribly jealous of those of you who already have it.
Beth Revis
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 4th January 2011; US & CA: 11th January 2011; UK: 3rd March 2011)
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Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realises that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Second
Anna Sheehan’s A Long, Long Sleep. Another novel involving cryonics that’s been my wishlist for so long. The author doesn’t seem to have an online presence, so if you find/know her (her bio says she’s in Oregon), please tell her that I love her novel’s concept, and am so glad it’s sold Australian rights. I’m very much looking forward to it.
Anna Sheehan
A Long, Long Sleep
Hachette Orion Gollancz (UK: 15th September 2011)
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Rosalinda Fitzroy is a princess of the future. Heir to her parents’ interplanetary corporate empire, Unicom, she is protected from the regular world, her life confined to the safe, managed environment of ComUnity. Her parents believe that they are the only ones who can properly raise her. And so, when they travel between galaxies (sometimes for months), they put Rose to sleep in her stasis tube, halting her aging process so that when they return they can pick up where they left off. The problem is that Rose has fallen in love with the boy next door. A boy she first met when he was only a baby and she was a much older child. And through the years, her interrupted aging process has allowed him to catch up to her. Now, finally, her Xavier is seventeen, and he’s not going to let Rose be taken away from him ever again. However, the star-crossed lovers have little power against the Fitzroys, who punish Rose in the worst of ways. They put her to sleep, and never wake her up. Sixty years later, Rose is woken with a kiss. Her world is barely recognisable and all the people she loves are dead. The only thing that remains the same is the power, and danger, her surname carries with it. As she navigates her way through her new world, haunted by dreams and memories of what once was, Rose is forced to confront the terrible truth about her parents and come to terms with what she has lost.

First
Mary E. Pearson’s The Fox Inheritance, the second novel in the Jenna Fox Chronicles. The Adoration of Jenna Fox had a major impact on me, and many other readers I’m sure. It made me realise that sci-fi can be set on Earth, and realistic or fathomable enough for me to actually want to read it. I love futuristics, and it’s because of that book. So when I heard that there’ll be a second novel in 2011, and a third in 2012, I was absolutely delighted.
Mary E. Pearson
The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 2)
Macmillan Henry Holt and Co. [BYR] (US: 30th August 2011)
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Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other – Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries. Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. Everyone except Jenna Fox.

9 responses to “Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 5: Most Anticipated

  1. Hope you enjoy! Across the Universe made our 5

  2. Aw, Tez, I’m thrilled that you’re looking forward to ROGUE ORACLE! I’ll make sure that I send you a review copy as soon as I get my grubby mitts on them. 😉

  3. My Life as a White Trash Zombie is certainly a book title I didn’t expect to see. LOL

    Great list! I’m looking forward to some of these all well.

  4. I’m really looking forward to Across the Universe & The Fox Inheritance too!

  5. Wow, this is really awesome to see. I’m actually Anna Sheehan’s sister, and I have it on good authority (being as I’m working on it, actually), that the online presence is on it’s way. We’ve got a target launch of this spring for the website.

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