Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.

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From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an anthology of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America.

This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman’s shelf.

This anthology features essays from Martha Brockenbrough, Jaye Robin Brown, Sona Charaipotra, Brandy Colbert, Somaiya Daud, Christine Day, Alexandra Duncan, Ilene Wong (I.W.) Gregorio, Maurene Goo. Ellen Hopkins, Stephanie Kuehnert, Nina LaCour, Anna-Marie LcLemore, Sandhya Menon, Hannah Moskowitz, Julie Murphy, Aisha Saeed, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Amber Smith, and Tracy Walker.

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Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta since she was found outside the gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again. A fast-paced action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion.

"A thoughtful and sensitive exploration of corrupt powers and personal responsibility, especially in today’s stormy political climate." - Kirkus

Duncan’s ecofocused dystopia digs into ethically rocky terrain as it questions the applications of genetic engineering and modifications, the development of biological weapons, and the price of freedom versus safety. . . Filled with eye-opening, adventurous passages, Duncan’s dystopia has deep roots.” - Booklist

SOUND is the stand-alone companion to Alexandra Duncan’s award-winning novel Salvage, a debut that internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins called “kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction.” For fans of Beth Revis, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica.

Miyole has made mistakes.

The first was lying about her age to secure a spot on a Deep Sound Research Institute mission to the edges of known space.

The second was failing to stop the dakait who attacked her ship and destroyed a smaller vessel before her eyes.

The third was falling in love with Cassia.

In the wake of the attack, Miyole finds herself drawn into a reckless quest to rescue Cassia’s brother from the dakait. Along with a meddling pilot caught up in their plans, the girls fight their way through criminal dens, abandoned space stations, and the harsh oceans of an ice-bound moon, Miyole’s carefully constructed world begins to crumble. Can she trust Cassia? Is the DSRI everything they say? Can Miyole keep the memories of a past she has struggled so hard to forget from resurfacing?

And most of all, can she bear the cost?

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“Unpredictable plot, vivid settings, and a queer, dark-skinned black girl as a protagonist in far-future science fiction: essential.” - Kirkus Starred Review

“Salvage is the book I’ve been waiting for—kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction.” —Stephanie Perkins

“Alexandra Duncan’s debut illustrates a richly detailed world that vividly shows a possible future of Earth where society has both regressed and progressed, where the struggles of humanity have become more dire, but where love still remains. Everything—from the world to the characters—felt viscerally real. Original and memorable.” —Beth Revis

“Epic in scope and intimate in execution, Salvage is an astonishing debut. Duncan expertly crafts a story of the journey to claim oneself across the infinite expanses of both space and the human heart.” —Kiersten White

“Duncan’s magnificently flawed future world exposes humanity . . . in ways that are ripe for discussion. . . . Ava’s personal journey from oppression to self-actualization—by turns harrowing and heartbreaking, but ultimately triumphant—will keep readers glued to the pages. Highly recommended.” —Rae Carson

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“Haunting, colorful environments distinguish this debut novel about a girl fighting for survival in the far future. . . From the strained peculiarity of the Parastrata to a sunbaked community afloat on the Pacific Ocean to the bustle of Mumbai, Duncan’s settings and diction are vivid. . . Memorable.” - Kirkus

“Across the Universe meets A Handmaid's Tale in this impressive debut, a riveting look at the outsider in society; coming of age under extremely repressive circumstances; the struggle to survive; the good and the bad as far as family goes; and true love, sort of. . . by turns compelling, riveting, suspenseful, and satisfying. . .” - Bonnie Kunzel, VOYA

“. . . an excellent debut. . . Duncan's thoroughly realized setting and subtle control of Ava's voice result in a powerfully immersive story that uses its far-future SF premise to thoughtfully explore gender politics.” - Publishers Weekly

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