Out There :Into The Queer New Yonder Anthology _ Book Review

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Into the queer new yonder!

To conclude the trio of anthologies that started with critically acclaimed All Out and Out NowOut There features seventeen original short stories set in the future from fantastic queer YA authors.

Explore new and familiar worlds where the human consciousness can be uploaded into a body on Mars…an alien helps a girl decide if she should tell her best friend how she feels…two teens get stuck in a time loop at a space station…people are forced to travel to the past or the future to escape the dying planet…only a nonbinary person can translate the binary code of a machine that predicts the future…everyone in the world vanishes except for two teen girls who are in love.

This essential and beautifully written collection immerses and surprises with each turn of the page. 

{I received a digital arc for an honest review}

I’m always meaning to read more Sci-fi and when I saw this anthology of Queer YA Sci-fi up for review on Netgalley I jumped at it. I was excited to dip my toes into more Sci-fi with this collection of short stories, and I’m so glad I made that decision. I have also never reviewed an anthology before, so bear with me. While a few of them really didn’t work for me, either way I’ve come out of it with more than a handful of new authors that I want to check out their blacklist. My favorites from the anthology we’re written by Alex London, Mateo J Steger,Z.R. Ellor, Emma K Ohland, Andi NazemiN, K. Ancrum, and Leah Johnson. My favorites are all short stories that left me satisfied but wishing there was more, and ended with hope of happily ever afters in their futures. I’m going to talk about these favorites a little and at the end give my rating for the others.

Nothing will ever be like this. No one will ever be like you. No matter who you’d been, or who you are. In here, you’re the world.”“I’m… the world…” I repeated, a terror I hadn’t felt since the fifth Revolution welling up in my chest. “And after all of this is over,” Mira continued, “for me, you still will be.” 

My Favorites
(In reading Order)

Doublers by Alex London ⭐⭐⭐⭐
M/M I’ll be honest I don’t know how to explain this one fully but it’s a future where you can transfer your conscious to a synthetic body on Mars, but your original self, your doubler, stays on earth and you’re suppose to be determinated, but many people go rogue. Two boys who break up and re-find each other both on Mars and the Doublers on Earth, but their reunion can go positive or negatively.

Aesthetically Hungry by Mateo J Steger ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
M/M Trans MC
Physical Augments that allow a trans boy to finally have the body he imagines for himself but in the end finds someone who loves him for him, augmentation or not.

Renaissance by Emma K Ohland ⭐⭐⭐⭐
F/F Earth and the stars are dying . A poor girl and a rich girl bond under the stars and it’s a bit depressing but ends on a note of hope.

Like sunshine, like concrete by Z.R. Ellor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
M/M Trans male mc
Super Soldiers – enemies to lovers – I don’t want to say anything else because this is one where the plot twists are what made this story great. I just loved it!

Crash Landing by Mason Deaver⭐⭐⭐⭐
F/F , Trans female
Girl Home alone for 2 days spends the day with an alien who crash lands in her backyard and gives her the courage to tell her best friend her feelings.

Concerto by Andi NazemiN ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
M/M ,PoC mcs
The air had become toxic from man-made nuclear disasters, so people are using time loops to either go forward in time or backwards. Because of their families , two boys in love end up going in different directions. They are always connected through the power of music and find their way back to one another through time.

Home by K. Ancrum ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Two Queer people on a space station find themselves in a 24 hour time loop, just the two of them. They form an incomparable bond and are together for decades before potentially find a way to fix the loop.

Nobody Cares Who We Kiss at the End of the World by Leah Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
F/F A girl and her girlfriend wake up to find they are the only people left in the world. Both had opposite family lives, so both have different reactions to their new reality. How will they react to the discovery that maybe they aren’t the only people left after all.
Great end to the Anthology!

The Rift by Claire Kann ⭐⭐⭐
The department of Home Going Affairs by Kalynn Bayron ⭐⭐⭐
The Undeniable Price of Everything by Z Brewer ⭐⭐⭐
Present: Tense by Jim Mccarthy ⭐⭐⭐
Fractal Eyes by Ugochi M. Agoawike ⭐⭐
Translating for The Machine by Nita Tyndall ⭐⭐
Reshadow by Adam Sass ⭐⭐⭐
Beauty Sleep by Alechia Dow ⭐⭐
Nick and Bodhi by Naomi Kanakia (DNF)

—Written by Amanda–

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