So, what's the book about?
We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead...
The shadow of Godolia's tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.
Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.
As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia's reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer--as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more...
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Reviews & Interviews
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta - The Quiet Pond
Sapphic Dystopian Excellence in Zoe Hana Mikuta's Gearbreakers - TOR
On the World Through the Eyes of a Young Writer, Mecha Sci-Fi, and 'Quiet' Romances - The Quiet Pond
Zoe Hana Mikuta on Her Queer Mech Novel - Nerdist
We hope you can join us for this month's Pride Among the Pines book club on December 10th at 7:30 pm online! Happy Reading!
So, what's the book about?
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St. Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student--the handsome Allister--and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake.
Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he's a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game--one Jake is not sure he can win.
While this is a YA pick, there are some trigger warnings we would like you to be aware of: abuse, attempted rape of a minor, blood, bullying, gore, gun violence, homophobia, microaggressions, murder, racism, school shooting, and suicide. Not all of these are graphic or discussed in depth, but they are touched on throughout the book.
If this sounds like something you would like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store for 15% off when you order with us: online, over the phone (828.386.1219), or via email. If you're looking for an audiobook, our partners at Libro.fm have it available for easy access on our affiliate website. You can get it here. You can also get it in e-book format, as well! We have a new e-book partner called My Must Reads & you can buy the e-book here.
We are open to the public (Mon-Sat from 11am-7pm) so you can pickup orders at the register. However, you can also pickup your book using our pickup basket at the front door or the drive thru window anytime Mon-Sat from 9am-7pm. We offer free media mail shipping for orders $30+ & local delivery if you're within Boone town limits. Getting your book to you as conveniently as possible is important to us! Please let us know how we can help you get your copy of our book club book this month!
Finally, you can RSVP on the Facebook event to get reminders & updates about any changes. Do that here! We encourage you to leave comments to let us know what you think of the book we've chosen each month or to make suggestions for future titles!
Reviews & Interviews
The Taking of Jake Livingston - Kirkus
Ryan Douglass evokes 'Get Out' in his horror debut - The Young Folks
Our Friend is Here! A Discussion with Ryan Douglass - On Why We Need Radical YA Books - The Quiet Pond
Interview with author Ryan Douglass - WOC Read
We hope to see you for the second meeting of Pride Among the Pines on October 8th at 7:30 pm! Happy reading!
Max Ruthless (they/them) -- Store Owner
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