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30 August 2013

Diverse Energies

Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti is a collection of short stories by YA science fiction and fantasy authors to raise money for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund.

"Good Girl" by Malinda Lo takes place in a future New York City. People who are deemed pure live above ground and the mutts live in tunnels that used to house trains. Kyle lives with her mother at their restaurant. She is about to reach her assignment day, which will determine what she will do for the rest of her life. But the day of her brother's assignment, he disappeared. Kyle has to find out if he is living in the tunnels.

Planning to pay someone to search for her brother, Kyle meets Nix. Nix is a tattooed, shaved-headed mutt tries to send Kyle back above ground for her own good. But there is something about Nix that keeps drawing Kyle in, even after she has paid the price promised for information on her brother.

Malinda Lo is a great author of YA speculative fiction, often with lesbian characters. Each of her books is amazing and fans (like me) will read anything she ever writes.

Other authors included in Diverse Energies:
Ellen Oh
Daniel H. Wilson
K. Tempest Bradfort
Ken Liu
Greg van Eekhout
Rahul Kanakia
Paolo Bacigalupi
Cindy Pon
Rajan Khanna
Ursula K. Le Guin

Whether you already like one of these authors, or they are all new to you, this collection is a great introduction to some amazing storytellers who write diverse fantasy and science fiction. For even more diversity in YA see the blog, Diversity in YA!

Buckell, Tobias. (2012). Diverse Energies. New York: Tu Books.

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