Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings where bloggers share the books they can’t wait for. I use it here on my blog to highlight an upcoming release I’m excited for and tell you why it should be on your TBR!
Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: August 4, 2020
Goodreads Summary: “Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Roswell by way of Laurie Halse Anderson in this astonishing, genre-bending novel about a Mexican American teen who discovers profound connections between immigration, folklore, and alien life.
It’s been three years since ICE raids and phone calls from Mexico and an ill-fated walk across the Sonoran. Three years since Sia Martinez’s mom disappeared. Sia wants to move on, but it’s hard in her tiny Arizona town where people refer to her mom’s deportation as “an unfortunate incident.”
Sia knows that her mom must be dead, but every new moon Sia drives into the desert and lights San Anthony and la Guadalupe candles to guide her mom home.
Then one night, under a million stars, Sia’s life and the world as we know it cracks wide open. Because a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia’s car…and it’s carrying her mom, who’s very much alive.
As Sia races to save her mom from armed-quite-possibly-alien soldiers, she uncovers secrets as profound as they are dangerous in this stunning and inventive exploration of first love, family, immigration, and our vast, limitless universe.“
- YA book + queer characters + aliens = my exact brand
- I love genre-blending books and adore the fact that this one mixes together sci-fi with folklore
- It explores the very real topic of immigration through the use of aliens
- Did I mention I will read just about any queer, POC-centered YA book?
- All the reviews I’ve seen have been super positive!
- Because you should be supporting #OwnVoices books about Mexican Americans
- Look at the gorgeous blue desert-vibe cover! Can’t you just *feel* the atmosphere?
- If you like sci-fi, queer rep, a bit of romance, and folklore this book is perfect for you!
- While Raquel has published a couple books of poetry, this is her debut novel, and it’s always important to support debut authors, especially debut authors of color!
- It touches on really important topics, like immigration, family, identity, and the vastness of the universe–these are stories YA needs and that we should all be supporting
Is Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland on your TBR?