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Book Review: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

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ascensionLook at this cover, will you? How gorgeous is this?

Pre-order this book now. Seriously. I am not kidding you. You will love it. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi, pre-order at Paperback is due out in December, ebook should be out in August.

Alana Quick is a sky surgeon. That’s engineer to you and I. And she’s that in a world where that career is coming to an end and it’s rare a sky surgeon ever gets off the ground. She lives with her Aunt Lai, both of them struggling to make ends meet, and also struggling with a neurological, chronic pain disorder. One day a ship lands at their shipyard looking for Alana’s sister Nova, a spirit guide, and, encouraged by the ship’s doctor, Alana stows away. The captain and her crew are not happy about it but gradually they realize Alana can help them find Nova which will, in turn, help them save their pilot’s life.

Now let me tell you why you want to read this book. All the things we look for in genre movies, tv, and fiction that aren’t there? They’re here, at least many of them are. Alana is a woman of color. She’s queer. She’s chronically ill. There are other people in this book who are queer, who are ill, who are in poly relationships, who believe they are something other than what their body tells them, who run the gamut of what real people are. There’s found family, sisters with all the love and conflict sisters can have, and women who get to be people, not just “women.” There are strong themes of identity, love, and acceptance.

Read this book, y’all. You will not regret it.


ARC provided by publisher.


Written by tldegray

July 11, 2013 at 4:24 am

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  1. […] We’re just under three weeks away from the e-format release of Ascension, and reviews are starting to come in, such as this one by Tammy L. DeGray: […]

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