Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Embassytown by China Mieville
Golden Boy by Abegail Tarttelin
The world is unpredictable. Science is unreliable. It can’t tell you who you are or what you want or how you’ll feel. All these researchers are going crazy in their labs trying to fit us into these little boxes so they can justify their jobs, or their government funding, or their life’s work. They can theorize and they can give you a mean, median, and mode but it’s all standardized guesswork, made official by arrogance. You have to be pretty into yourself to think you can play a part in defining the identity of a bunch of people you don’t know, of human beings with complicated shit going on in their bodies. They still don’t know what certain parts of our brains do, they still don’t know how to cure a common cold, and they say they know about sexuality, about gender.
Painful & intense & beautiful & stunning book. (Warning for a very explicit rape scene about fifteen pages in that has implications throughout the rest of the story.) Deals with issues of abuse, rape, intersexuality, underage pregnancy, abortion, gender identity sexuality, anxiety, family… A good perspective on issues that face teenagers, families, victims of abuse.
Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrations by Carson Ellis
Always stunned by these two.