Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Space Opera


Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Each week you come up with three book for three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed; a diverse book that’s already been released and is in your TBR; and a diverse book that hasn’t been released yet.

This week’s topic is space opera!



A-book-I-have-read2Warchild by Karin Lowachee

It kills me that this book isn’t more widely known. Over the course of three books, Karin Lowachee tackles space warfare in a way I’ve never seen before, by swiveling the focus onto the foremost victims of any war: the children. Warchild can be read as a coming-of-age story about an orphaned boy named Jos who gets trained to become an assassin spy. It can also be read as a story of a young survivor suffering from PTSD who finds himself getting used by two opposing factions of a war. Lowachee examines the horrors of conflict, both psychological and physical, with a deft yet unflinching eye. The fact that it also features LGBTQ themes and some of the most complex side characters I’ve ever come across, makes Warchild one of my all-time favourites of any genre.

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

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet has been compared to Firefly and Mass Effect andΒ  been recommended to me more times than I can count. It features interspecies relationships, queer characters, and racial and species diversity. So of course I’ll read it. The only question is when. Sometime this summer, probably, as it seems perfect as a light summer read.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she got something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.
Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts Boots.
On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

The premise sounds like something straight out of Borderlands, so count me in! This book promises fun space adventures, treasure hunting, and some f/f romance between two interesting characters.

Releases June 26th, 2018


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Tammy April 26, 2018 - 1:17 pm

I just requested A Big Ship, it sounds so good! Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Becky Chamber’s series😁

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 27, 2018 - 4:52 am

I’m very tempted to email Orbit a request but maybe I’ll just wait to see if it appears on Netgalley… πŸ™‚

Nadine - todaysechoes April 26, 2018 - 3:51 pm

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is AMAZING! <3 I hope you get to it soon and enjoy it!
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe sounds great! I'll have to add it to the TBR.
Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 27, 2018 - 1:58 am

Thank you for reading! <3 And I've been hearing nothing but praises for Angry Planet so I'm very excited. πŸ˜€

auroralibrialis April 26, 2018 - 4:08 pm

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe sound so good, I’m so here for f/f romance in space! I hope you enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet whenever you get to it. It’s such a lovely read, I’m still in awe of the complexity of the worlds and cultures Chambers created.

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 27, 2018 - 7:41 am

Well, now I’m even more stoked to check Angry Planet out! And yes to all space f/f romances!

Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum April 27, 2018 - 1:12 am

Definitely try and make Becky Chambers a priority, that series is so good! πŸ˜€

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 27, 2018 - 6:59 am

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things so I will try! πŸ™‚

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight April 28, 2018 - 6:27 am

Ooh Warchild does sound good, I will have to look into that one!

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 30, 2018 - 6:04 am

Yes, do so! The series is so good and so very underrated.

KD-Edwards (@KDEdwards_NC) May 24, 2018 - 2:17 pm

Oh, wow, the Karin Lowachee books are ALL phenomenal. Dark, honest, brutal, beautifully written, thrilling action sequences. I’d be lying if I said they weren’t a huge influence on my own series. Great recommendation.

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky May 28, 2018 - 4:54 am

Now that you mention it, I definitely see similarities (in the best way) between your work and hers. I’m incredibly excited that she’s working on the fourth book right now. In the meantime, her short stories are also worth a read. πŸ™‚


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