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Our August Book of the Month
Record of a Spaceborn Few
by Becky Chambers

Mischa says: This mesmerising literary speculative novel from one of my all-time-favourite sci-fi authors is a quiet, yet deeply profound exploration of the human condition. Whilst it is not action packed with space explosions or intergalactic battles, Becky Chambers' new novel is heavy with meaning; exploring issues of gender and race equality, sentience, and freedom of choice through an effortlessly humane lens. Chambers has an intricate understanding of how humans are flawed, which makes for incredibly diverse and engaging characters; by the end of the book you feel as though you've known them and the world they live in with great intimacy. This book will make you appreciate what it means to be human. My favourite read of 2018 so far!

Megan says: A warm, hopeful and beautifully human exploration of the nature of humanity and community in extraordinary circumstances. A love letter to both the itch to explore and the desire to come home.

Emily says: Becky Chambers returns! Her scifi books are incredible, tying together seemingly random people through her multiple perspectives. Her vision of the future is just amazing and I could reread them forever more. Record of a Spaceborn Few is no exception. The characters are fantastic, and their stories so very human (even when the characters themselves aren't). Another astonishing addition to her marvelous oeuvre.
 

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Our August Kids' Book of the Month
The Surface Breaks
 by Louise O'Neill

Mischa says: The second I found out one of my favourite authors had written a Young Adult feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid I was so there! The Surface Breaks starts off as your typical Little Mermaid retelling, but as the story progresses, it gets darker and more twisted, revealing bitter truths about the misogyny our society faces. Hans Christian Andersen's original version is prevalent, but is given contemporary relevance, providing a voice to all the women in the traditional tale who were given none (including the sea witch!) Louise O'Neill - as with her previous novels: Only Ever Yours, Asking For It, and Almost Love - interweaves many layers into her narrative, from scathing to poetic. Full of symbolism and scalpel-sharp observations, this visceral and unsettling novel left me feeling one part angry, and three parts empowered! 

$19.99

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