March seems to be a HUGE month for dystopian book releases and I’m so excited to get my hands on some of these. Here’s a list of the ones that I’m anticipating the most:
March 1st – The Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
The whole idea of this book has me hooked – a society where all girls with the rare ability to feel the emotions of those around her are wiped out. Sonya, the main character, also possesses this ability and is forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer where she must sense the intentions of potential assassins to protect the emperor. Even one tiny mistake would cost her own life and those who trust her, but her gift is untamed and unreliable. When seeking refuge in her alliance with Emperor Valko and his brother, threats of a revolution turn the brothers against each other causing her to choose which to trust and which to betray. I genuinely can’t wait to get my hands on this – luckily for me, there’s not exactly long to wait.
March 3rd – The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
The Shadow Queen is a dystopian take on the original story of Snow White which I was definitely intrigued by – at the moment I’ve been really enjoying dystopias with fantasy elements. I was sent this book by Scholastic a few weeks ago and enjoyed the way C.J Redwine retold the story we all know and love. Fugitive princess Lorelai must overthrow the wicked queen who stole the throne in a world rotting beneath dark magic. This book is much more than just a fairy-tale and explores poverty, war and loss – this is definitely one to look out for this month, especially if you’re a big fantasy fan.
March 10th – Red Witch by Anna McKerrow
Crow Moon was one of my favourite UK based dystopias last year (you can read my review here) and I can’t wait to read its sequel Red Witch this month. If you’ve read Crow Moon too then you’ll know that it was told from the perspective of Danny, whereas Red Witch tells the story of Melz. We encountered her in the first instalment of the series but didn’t really get to know her very well, so I’m looking forward to meeting her properly.
March 17th – Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
Beyond the Red is Ava Jae’s debut novel and has definitely got me excited. It was only a few weeks ago that I was saying to myself that I wanted to read a dystopia where the “leader” is the one who we’re rooting for and whose power is being threatened by the “baddy” of the story. You can imagine how thrilled I was to hear of this book which tells the story of alien queen Kora. She’s the first female ruler in years but her people are rioting and calling for her twin brother to take the throne. You can be certain that this is on my tbr list (which is growing bigger and bigger by the minute – maybe I shouldn’t be looking for more releases…)
March 24th – The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
This book is the third book in The Winner’s Trilogy. I haven’t actually got round to reading this series yet, but I’ve only heard good things about it and am hoping to get my hands on some copies soon. The entire trilogy is about an empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. The protagonist Kestrel is a general’s daughter who must join the military or get married, but when she finds a kindred spirit in a slave up for auction, she has other ideas. I honestly can’t wait to read this trilogy (it’s been on my wish list for a while) and I’m really looking forward to being able to read the whole series in one go.
March 24th – Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
This is a book that grabbed me from the moment I read the synopsis. It gives a very similar image to Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill about the pressure from society to be beautiful and perfect. The story follows Celestine, a well-liked model who’s dating her dream guy, but when she encounters a situation, she breaks a rule. This will lead to her having to face life changing repercussions that could lead her to be imprisoned, branded and flawed. The author creates a society where perfection is of the utmost importance and mistakes are punished – I can’t wait to delve into it.
Let me know in the comments if there are any March releases that I’ve missed or you’re excited about too and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest updates.