Welcome back to another week of Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m anticipating on this wonderful Wednesday:
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August O’Brien, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.
Release date: October 3, 2017
Why I’m Waiting: After binge-reading four of her books in 2016, E.K. Johnston has become and auto-buy author for me. The thing I love about her books is that they’re all so wonderfully different: The Story of Owen had its dragon slayers while A Thousand Nights was a rich, stylized fantasy. Exit, Pursued by a Bear was a grounded contemporary that tackled the thorny issues around sexual assault while Ahsoka threw us into a galaxy far, far away. All of these books were also wonderfully diverse. Something tells me that That Inevitable Victorian Thing is going to be different once again. First of all it’s got two of my favourite things going for it: it’s about royalty and it’s partially set in Canada! Even if I wasn’t already a huge fan of this author, these qualities alone would have bumped this book up the reading queue. It’s safe to say this is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.
Back to you, my book loving friends – what are you waiting on this Wednesday?