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SI CLARKE (she/her) – Author of neurodiverse, culturally diverse, gender-bendy, drunken-arguments-in-the-pub science fiction. Not bang-bang-pew-pew science fiction.

Book review: Dropnauts

Dropnauts by J Scott Coatsworth⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rarely are post-apocalypse tales so full of hope. This is the book The 100 could have been – and then it all goes a bit Sherri S Tepper.

Rai, Tien, Hera, Ghost, and Sam are part of a mission to reclaim the Earth more than a hundred years after all life there was wiped out. Aidan and Ally live with their mother and brothers under a mountain: the last five people alive – or so they think.

More than 400 pages of found family, hope for the future, and celebration of all types of diversity. It’s got everything you could want in a story: compelling characters, intricate world-building, and a story that keeps you turning the pages long after you should have gone back to working on your own novel. Deadlines, schmeadlines.

Trigger warnings: deadnaming, memories of child abuse, death, cruelty to animals (it’s a robot dog, but still).

Check it out here.

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