November 7, 2012

Waiting on The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights any upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Publication date: March 1, 2013
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. (Goodreads)
Umm first of all: Brazil?! Too many popular stories take place in European or North American locations. As a Hispanophile, I can't wait to read a story where I can understand the culture and language and traditions. Also: Art! Dystopian society! Human sacrifice! I am very much intrigued by this summary and can't wait to read the book. 

What are you waiting on?
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Amanda

Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.

12 comments:

  1. I want to read a book set in Brazil! Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?! The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis sounds great, and you're right about culture and language and traditions! I get excited over all these things too.

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    1. I know, right?? I want more Hispanic culture books! And yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)

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  2. I hadn't heard of this one before but it definitely does sound interesting. Great pick, thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you would like to stop by my Waiting On Wednesday you can do so here. :)

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    1. Yeah it looks pretty interesting if I do say so myself. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I've been looking forward to this one too. Great choice!
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    1. Yay! I only hope it now lives up to my expectations and the general expectations of the blogging public.

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  4. Yes, the Brazilian setting is definitely one of the things that I'm most looking forward to in this one, too!! I love learning about customs and cultures through reading, too.

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    1. Me too! It's the best thing (although I do hope that authors do their research on these sorts of things).

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  5. I've never heard of this but you don't see many books set in Brazil! Sounds interesting!

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    1. Very true. Definitely excited to read it!

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  6. Really interesting! I'm Brazilian so of course the setting caught my attention! I've never read many YA novels taking place in Brazil, maybe only Origin that takes place in the Amazon florest. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Oh wow, really? Then I'm very curious to see what your thoughts are on this book (provided that there is some true cultural context and all). There definitely do need to be more books that take place in Central/Latin/South America.

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