Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of June: 5 Top Picks

Adrian Liang on June 18, 2018

We lead off with a book that made it onto our Top Ten list of editors' picks for Best of the Month and has been garnering comparisons to Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, a novel that crossed genres and won new readers to the science fiction and fantasy genre. We hope that The Book of M does something similar, as we regular SF and fantasy readers know just how rich, thoughtful, and fun our books can be. And we're happy to share the joy.

Below are our top five picks for the month of June. To see the rest of our pickswhich includes Terry Brooks's new Shannara book, The Skaar Invasion; Christina Henry's The Mermaid; and a new series-starter from Jeff Wheelerclick here.

Happy reading!

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

What if your shadow inexplicably held memories? And what if, one day, shadows began to disappear? So begins Peng Shepherd’s fascinating debut novel, The Book of M, that explores memory, loss, and a very human apocalypse. Soon, the affliction spreads across the world, as more and more people slowly lose their memories—and with them their ability to reason. We see this catastrophe unfold through the eyes of Ory and his girlfriend, Max, who have gone into hiding in an abandoned hotel. When Max loses her shadow and disappears into the forest, Ory pursues her and heads south, hoping to find Max before she forgets him. What follows is a spellbinding narrative about love and loss in a nascent world that defies genre and expectations. —Alison Walker, Amazon Books

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

Robots have taken over most of the world, but not quite in the way you'd expect. Some have fought their way to dominion. Others have been voted into power by human citizens who think AIs will make better decisions. Readers who enjoyed the complex robot-human relationships within Robopocalypse and the investigations in World War Z about how institutions function (or don't) in the face of species-changing event will happily sink their teeth into The Robots of Gotham.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

This YA sequel to the immensely popular Caraval, Legendary pulls a Hunger Games and sends Tella back into the world of Caraval, where she must battle again, this time in pursuit of information needed to fulfill a promise she made. Thrilling, magical, complex, and sometimes devastating, this is the perfect book to bring with you on a long weekend.

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

Lee concludes his action-packed and brain-straining trilogy with Shuos Jedao unable to remember the events that not only won him the title of military genius but the hate of his people. But even as he battles the ever-encroaching danger to the Kel, there are plenty on his own side who would be happy to see him dead. Definitely jump into this marvelous trilogy from the beginning, with Ninefox Gambit, and prepare to have your mind blown.

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

In the tradition of grand epic fantasy, Carey begins her tale with the childhood of her protagonist, Khai, who is trained by warrior monks in the desert for his job of protecting the princess Zariya. Khai and Zariya share a birthday and a destiny, but it turns out not to be the destiny that either expected. With lots of world building threaded through with a modern sensibility, Carey's latest covers a lot of territory both geographically and within the heart.

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