Waiting On Wednesday - The Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
February 12

Karen Lord’s debut novel, the multiple-award-winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent—a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China MiĆ©ville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company—yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail.

Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. The Best of All Possible Worlds is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.

Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.

I'm a sucker for a good story about alien cultures and first-contact, and something about this one just resonates with me.


  1. I really like that cover and the story sounds like a great one. Who doesn't like the mixture of opposites? 'Cool and cerebral' and 'fiery and impulsive' - sounds like a good combination to me. Thank you for stopping by my WoW. Old Follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  2. OOh nice! Been seeing this one around! Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Don't think I have seen this one before. Thanks for sharing it.
    New NetworkedBlog follower

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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