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The Summer Prince
The Summer Prince | Alaya Dawn Johnson
A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil. The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist. Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die. Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.
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emtobiasz
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A day for relaxing with a face mask, a bath bomb, and some #ya #dystopia 🛁

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TracyReadsBooks
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There isn‘t much cyberpunk out there for the YA crowd so I was pleasantly surprised to find this book really does fill an important niche. Art & technology collide in this tale of a vertical city in a futuristic Brazil where every year, a Summer King is selected and then, at the end of the year, sacrificed. Best friends June & Gil both fall in love with Enki, the new king, and the year that follows will be one not soon forgotten. A good read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Next up is a YA cyberpunk novel which was long listed for the National Book Award in 2013.

BookHoarder32 I donated my copy to my local library without reading it... eager to see what you think! 1y
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Bkwrm7
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1. Read The Summer Prince a few years ago and it just blew me away. So excellent.
2. Anything from the LEGO family. I was bummed when they discontinued Dimensions, but maybe that means my husband and I will actually be able to finish it!
3. Debbie Gibson was my favorite for a long time - through her 5th or 6th CD
4. When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
#manicmonday
@JoScho

JoScho Debbie Gibson was so cool 😎 2y
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BookishTrish
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I love my job and I love that I can take the kids to school before work, but today I want #fivemoreminutes to find out what's happening at the Se.

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BookishTrish
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Does anyone know if Johnson identifies as LBGTQ? #ReadHarder

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Which audiobook should I listen to next? Hoopla providing all these great options. #BlackHistoryMonth #CurrentRead

LindsayReads Ooh! I didn't know Redefining Realness was on Hoopla! Thanks for the heads up! 3y
8little_paws Haven't read the first option, but RR is much much better on audio than Hidden Figures is 3y
WhatDeeReads @LindsayReads Your welcome! 3y
WhatDeeReads @8little_paws I was concerned about how well HF would do on audio. But it's the only way I can do non-fiction. 3y
theshrinkette Redefining Realness! 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Love this book! 😍😍 #queerbooks

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Chasingmermaids
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My favorite read for my dystopian class. Unique, creative, well written. I highly recommend this book. A new look at dystopian and I won't go back to the status quo.

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Chasingmermaids
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And so it starts.

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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This's so my pick for #BooksSetInSAmerica! It's on my #TBR list and I'm so excited to read it!

#Booktober

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Chessa
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Would you believe I can't think of a single book I've read set in South America?! 😱😱😱 Setting out to right this wrong immediately, starting with this gorgeous book recommended by @Liberty when she was handing out personalized recs here on Litsy! I can't wait. #booktober #setinsouthamerica #bookssetinsamerica

RealLifeReading I've been meaning to read this but didn't realize it's set in Brazil (at least a futuristic Brazil so says the blurb). 3y
Chessa Yes! At this point I'll take any South American country, future or past! 😂 3y
Chessa Argh forgot to tag you, @RealLifeReading ! 3y
Bibliogeekery It's good!! 3y
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ReadingEnvy Ooh how is The Summer Prince? It's been on my tbr list. 3y
Bibliogeekery @ReadingEnvy - I liked it! Futuristic YA is with magic and evil set in Brazil with queer characters! #queerbooks 3y
ReadingEnvy @Bibliogeekery sounds awesome!! 3y
RealLifeReading Was just saying to @Chessa that I didn't realize Summer Prince was set in Brazil! Sounds awesome 3y
Bibliogeekery @RealLifeReading - it's a fun one! 3y
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Abby-J
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This would make a good CW teen drama. #booktober (Day 2 Latin America)

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We think you'll like it here, enjoy your stay 😎👍🏻. 3y
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Nafiza
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This was different kinds of beautiful. It offered a problematic matriarchy, diverse sexualities, revolution, and a welcome change in narrative landscape. Written with rich and beautiful prose, this YA will make you reconsider the genre.

Chessa I have this checked out from the library, and now I'm looking forward to it even more! Great review. 👍🏻 3y
read_diverse_books This one must go in my collection. It's stunning and I'm sure the story is as great as everyone says it is. 3y
Nafiza @Chessa I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Nafiza @read_diverse_books It totally is. 3y
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meganlynae
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Just finished listening to Alaya Dawn Johnson's Summer Prince. A matriarchal dystopia and a coming of age tale, and one where I was rooting for the doomed. 3 tissue ending.

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stargazerblue49
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I was instantly drawn in by the premise of this book and thought that I would love it. The world was fascinating. The problem is that none of the characters are particularly likable, especially the main character, June, who is a spoiled brat in all senses of the word. I ended feeling very meh.

TeR Ya, meh 3y
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stargazerblue49
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Okay, Litsy family. I need you all to hold me accountable - I feel like I have been struggling through this book and I just want to be done with it, but I'm too far through it to bail. I will finish it today so that I can move on with my audiobook life! Dishes to be done and laundry to fold!

CherylDeFranceschi What if you start something else, too, and read both? Would that make it better? 3y
stargazerblue49 @CherylDeFranceschi I am not sure. I have always tried to just stick to one audiobook at a time. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @stargazerblue49 I'm actually a purist myself. 3y
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stargazerblue49 @CherylDeFranceschi I am only that way with audios! I am reading 2 ebook a, a physical book, and am on pause with 2 other physical books lol 3y
BestOfFates You can do it! (I'm also struggling to get into things today!) 3y
TeR I bailed on this one. I really wanted to like it, I mean look at that gorgeous cover! 3y
stargazerblue49 @TeR By the time I kind felt myself dragging on this one, I was too far in to bail. I really wanted to like it, too. 3y
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Not really reading-related, but this happened on my audiobook walk tonight! I've completed these 500 miles since I started using Charity Miles last July and it was my goal to get to 500 miles before my 1 year hit. I hit it early! Thanks in no small part to the Hogwarts Running Club! (Shameless plug)

Trav Well done! 3y
stargazerblue49 Thanks, @Trav !!! 😊 3y
words10000 Congratulations! 3y
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💛💛💛

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I don't know why this line got me, but now I have the giggles 😂

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stargazerblue49
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Started listening to this on my road trip today! So far, the story is interesting, but it is definitely stretching my world-building ability which is more difficult for me when listening as opposed to reading. The narration is great and I can't wait to dig more into this one!