Sylvain Neuvel is the type of author I wish I could be. After dropping out of high school at age 15 and working various types of jobs across different countries, he received his B.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics. He then wrote his first book, Sleeping Giants, which combined his love of science fiction with his love of robots. That series, The Themis Files came out right as I was getting back into reading, and is one of the series I credit with reigniting my love for science fiction, and for journal/epistolary formats.
Now, Neuvel has written all three novels in The Themis Files, as well as four novellas in the universe. All of these books have heartwarming characters, realistic relationships that don’t feel made from convenience, and the type of science fiction that I absolutely adore. Neuvel also wrote a novella last year titled The Test, a short dystopian about a citizenship test in Britain that feels like watching an episode of Black Mirror.
As a person, I look up to Neuvel so much. He’s family driven, likes sharing things that he thinks are cool and interesting, and writes as a passion. I admire his dedication to his family as much as his work, and how he shows that anyone can write.
Neuvel has a new series announced online, but that doesn’t yet have confirmed cover art or a release date other than 2020. The series is supposedly titled Take Them to the Stars, with the first book in the series listed as A History of What Comes Next. I’m really excited for this new series, and I’ve been watching his website and twitter closely to see if there’s any news about it. Hopefully we get some more information soon, but I know that I’ll read anything that he writes.
I have a lot of anticipated books this year! I try to keep my TBR somewhat low and realistic to the books that I really want to read. Most of what’s currently on there are books which are announced, but have no release date outside of 2020, or books which are definitely coming out this year, and which I’ve preordered.
Firstly, we have V.E. Schwab. Author of the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy, as well as Vicious and Vengeful (two of my favorites), she has two books which are currently announced. One, is titled The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and follows a French girl and the devil over the span of 300 years. The book is slated for release in October 2020, but does not yet have a cover. The other is currently untitled, but is a sequel to Vicious and Vengeful. This book does not have a year anywhere attached to it, but whenever it comes out I’ll be rushing to read it.
Next on my list is Grady Hendrix. He’s quickly become my favorite horror author. I have one of his prior works left, but his new release, titled The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is coming out on April 7th of this year. Described as “Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meets Dracula” this book is about a women’s book club which is trying to protect its suburban community from a vampire. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Quirk Books, so I’m hoping to read this right before it comes out.
Riley Sager is an author who was new to me last year. I read his three previous titles, and his most recent book called Home Before Dark comes out this July. This follows a woman returning to the house that was made famous by her father, a horror writer. The description is ominous, and is vague about whether or not there are paranormal aspects to this book, or if it’s grounded in reality. Either way I’m excited to see what Riley Sager does this time around.
The next one on my list is Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power. I really liked her debut novel, Wilder Girls, last year and I’m excited to see what she continues to do. This is one of the few young adult books that I have on this list. It’s described as horror, but if it’s anything like her previous book, it’ll be more in the vein of Annihilation. This book is also expected to come out in July
Though this book doesn’t have any title, cover, or release information, I’m probably the most excited about it. Sylvain Neuvel, author of Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods, and Only Human is writing a new novel under the series title Take Them to the Stars. It looks like this is going to be science fiction, and I’m very excited to see what his next series brings. I’m really hoping that we do get more information about this book soon, and that it comes out in 2020.
Next I have an author who’s new to me, and I’m excited to see what their second novel brings! The Devil and the Dark Water is the newest book by Stuart Turton, author of The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I enjoyed his first book a lot, and I’m excited to see what he continues to do in the mystery genre. Though we don’t have a cover yet, if it’s anything like the design of his first book I’m really excited about it.
My most anticipated fantasy is the spin-off series to the Book of the Ancestor series, titled Book of the Ice. The first book is going to be coming out on April 30th, and is titled The Girl and the Stars. This book brings us back to the planet Abeth from the previous series, but follows a character named Yaz who lives as part of the ice tribes in the book. It’s unclear from the synopsis if this takes place before, during, or after the events of Book of the Ancestor, so I’m really excited to dive into this when it releases.
The final book on this list is from Emily St. John Mandel, who wrote Station Eleven that I read last year. This is her first book since 2014, and is titled The Glass Hotel. The story follows Vincent, a bartender at the Hotel Caiette. Taking place on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. There’s crime, and crisis, and survival, the book is already getting rave reviews. This book just came out two days ago and I’m really excited to start reading it.
These are all of my most anticipated reads for 2020. I’ve got a lot of great authors and reads on this list, and I know that this will also continue to grow as the year goes on.