Posted in Book Lists

LGBTQ SciFi & Fantasy Reading List

I love science fiction and fantasy.  

I really love sci-fi and fantasy that features LGBTQ individuals. 

The following is a list of science fiction and fantasy titles that feature an LGBTQ main character or supporting character(s) who play a large role in the story. It was compiled through internet searches, my own reading, and from recommendations by the wonderful #2jennsbookclub members (look them up on Twitter if you’re interested in YA fiction).

The list is sorted into the genres science fiction and fantasy. Young adult novels are noted by “(YA)” after the title.

When the list is updated, the date will be listed below and new books will be highlighted in red for ease of identification.

I have not read every title on the list. Therefore, I relied on input from other bookworms and the internet to categorize the book into science fiction, fantasy, and young adult. If you see a mistake, let me know! You can find my contact info in the About section.

Lastly, If you know about a scifi/fantasy book with LGBTQ characters that is not listed, bring it to my attention, and I’ll add it!

Happy reading!

LAST UPDATED: January 1st, 2019

Science Fiction

Bear, Elizabeth-Carnival

Chambers, Becky-The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet 

Daniels, April-Dreadnaught (YA)

Lee, C. B.- Not Your Sidekick (YA)

Levithan, David-Every Day (YA)

Lo, Malinda-Adaptation (YA)

Lo, Malinda-Inheritance (YA)

Lu, Marie-Warcross (YA)

Miller, Sam J. – Blackfish City

Silvera, Adam-They Both Die at the End (YA)

Smith, Andrew-Grasshopper Jungle (YA)

Westerfield, Scott-Afterwards (YA)

Fantasy

Bardugo, Leigh-Six of Crow (YA)

Coulthurst Audrey-Of Fire and Stars (YA)

Lo, Malinda-Ash (YA)

Lo, Malinda-Huntress (YA)

Lu, Marie-Young Elite (YA)

Marsh, Sarah Glenn-Reign of the Fallen (YA)

McLemore, Anna-Marie-Wild Beauty (YA)

Older, Daniel José-Shadowshaper (YA)

Polk, C. L. – Witchmark

Rowell, Rainbow-Carry On (YA)

Schwab, V. E. – Shades of Magic Series

Stiefvater, Maggie-The Raven Cycle (YA)

Yang, JY – The Black Tides of Heaven

Anthologies

*Mitchell, Saundra-All Out (YA)

*This is an anthology of Historical LGBT stories; however, some of them feature fantasy elements.

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Love Interest by Cale Deitrich

 

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This book was fun! Good summer reading fun! 

If you’re looking for something heavy with plusable world-building and a slow moving plot then this book is not for you. However, if you’re in the mood for a novel with an angsty M/M/F love triangle, teenage spies, a secret organization, and killer robots (killer robots!) then this is a must read.

Caden is a spy for the Love Interest Incorporated, an organization who sends highly trained teenagers into the field to make their assigned targets fall in love with them. The goal is that they will eventually get married. The corporation then uses the spies to influence their targets, always people who show signs that they will grow up to become top players in their professional fields.  

When pairing the target with their love interest spy, the corporation always sends a Nice( a boy-next-door type) and a bad (a wrong-side-of-the-tracks type). The two spies complete for the targets affection until they make a choice. Once that happens, the losing love interest is killed by the corporation (talk about an incentive to work hard). Caden is determined to win, but there is a problem: he starts having feelings for his rival love interest, Dil.

Though the book contains science fiction elements, the plot stays focused on the relationships between the two love interests and their target, a girl named Juliet who has a knack for inventing complex technological gadgets. There’s a lot of introspection as the main character sorts out his feelings for his target and his rival. The past few YA books that I’ve read that feature gay characters showed teenagers who understood their sexual identity from an early age. The Love Interest is different in that it depicts Caden realizing he has feelings for a boy and coming to terms with them. As I read, I couldn’t help but feel that this probably rang true for the many teenagers who don’t grow up realizing their gay at an early age. It was nice to see this represented in YA fiction.

The dialogue is light, the plot is fast moving, the characters are likeable, and, in short, this was a very entertaining novel.  If Hollywood wasn’t so scared of putting gay characters on the big screen, it would make a great summer blockbuster style action movie.

If I had any complaints with the book, it would be with some of the story elements in the third act. Some of the dialogue and character actions felt like they had been included to extend the page length and simply for the sake of building tension. They didn’t add to the plot or flesh out the characters. But this is a minor gripe. Overall, the book was great!

I can’t wait to see what Deitrich writes next!