Waiting on Wednesday is a regular feature that spotlights those upcoming, can't-wait-for-them books that are definitely going on my reading list... check out previous Waiting on Wednesday picks here ➤
I'm a huge fan of diversity in sci-fi and fantasy, so when I came across Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning and saw it described as an Indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road with a primary cast of Navajo characters that takes place on a Navajo reservation, this went straight to the top of my can't-wait-to-read gimme-gimme-now list, obviously.
While Indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road is pretty much a mic drop all on its own, there's even more awesome to this! It's #ownvoices, with a Native American author whose short story, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™, is nominated for both a Nebula and a Hugo award. It's an all-out breakneck apocalyptic adventure in a dystopian world where devastating climate change has awakened ancient legends and powers (and I was just thinking about climate fiction).
There are monsters and magic and a fierce female monster-hunting protagonist. And it's the start to a series, the next of which promises to be a post-apocalyptic road trip down Route 66! I mean... tell me this doesn't sound awesome? Take a look...
Trail of Lightning
Urban Fantasy | Dystopian | Climate Fiction
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018
HARDCOVER: 304 pages
PUBLISHER: Saga Press
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.