We are delighted to announce two very special book birthdays today: A Glimmer of Silver by Juliet Kemp and Accelerants by Lena Wilson.
These two books are the newest additions to the Book Smugglers’ Novella Initative–and they are both available TODAY! Both stories are very near and dear to us, and thematically center upon two different (yet eerily similar) speculative worlds. In one, a sentient water world planet has been colonized without true understanding of the implications of colonization–a young protagonist named Jennery uses xyr gift to communicate in order to find a happy peace between colonist, rebel, and Ocean. The other world is closer to our own–a future in which superhumans (called Omnis) are rumored to exist, and a teenager’s pyrokinetic ability lands her in prison, possibly forever. Both worlds face deep, systemic problems–and both protagonists come to different paths in order to confront these issues.
A Glimmer of Silver by Juliet Kemp
Cover art by Kristina Tsenova
About the Book:
Jennery is floating on xyr back when Ocean speaks for the first time. Just three days away from freedom, all Jennery has ever wanted to do was become a musician—because if you reach sixteen and Ocean hasn’t spoken to you once, then you can pursue a different life instead of becoming a Communicator.
But Ocean speaks to Jennery—only to Jennery. And Ocean is angry. And when Ocean is angry, bad things happen to the humans who have colonized Ocean’s world. Jennery must choose whether to listen or to swim away.
A Glimmer of Silver is a novella about responsibility, growing up, and what happens after first contact.
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Accelerants by Lena Wilson
Cover art by Emma Glaze
About the Book:
When Lucy is six years old she finds two things that will change her life forever: she is an Omni that can control fire, and her power is deadly. Under the sharp watch of her secretive father, Lucy is confronted with the consequences of the worst mistake of her life every day. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, things finally seem like they are getting better—with the promise of freedom at college on the horizon, and the dream that Jessa, the girl of Lucy’s dreams, might reciprocate Lucy’s feelings. But in an instant, everything changes.
Incarcerated and stripped of her rights, Lucy’s new world is behind locked gates and antiseptic interrogation rooms. Like other Omnis, Lucy is separated from her family, seen as a criminal for trying to live with other humans, and locked away—possibly forever. But Lucy and her fellow Omnis aren’t going quietly into submission.
Accelerants is a novella about first love, cold-hearted betrayal, and the implacable truth that sometimes you have to burn it all down.
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We are giving away three paperback copies of the novellas, open to all! Use the form below to enter: