Time for another Library Loot bookworms! I’ve actually been doing a pretty good job of finishing my library books in a pretty timely matter. Let’s see if I can keep it up (and reach my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2018!). This week I got two books The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James and The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley.
Now truthfully I don’t know much about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe except that 1) it came out this year and 2) the ending is apparently pretty shocking. It’s also sci-fi, which I haven’t read in a while, so it sounds like a book that’s right up my alley. Here’s what Goodreads has to say about the book:
“The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.
Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.
Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….”
Sounds interesting right? I can’t wait to start this book, and see if this twist is as good as people are saying!
The next book I got was The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley which I do know a bit about. I know it’s a modern retelling of Beowulf set in the suburbs, which is an interesting enough premise as it is, but let’s see what Goodreads has to say about it:
“Two mothers—a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran—struggle to protect those they love in this modern retelling of Beowulf.
From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings—high and gabled—and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside—in lawns and on playgrounds—wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall’s periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights.
For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn’t want Gren, didn’t plan Gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana’s and Willa’s worlds collide.”
Both sound like great reads that I can’t wait to start! I think I’m going to start with The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because it’s the shorter of the two, so hopefully I can zip through it and start The Mere Wife soon after!