Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling & The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Harper Voyager
352 pages

The Luminous DeadFrom Goodreads: 

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. 

Instead, she got Em. 

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . . 

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head. 

But how come she can't shake the feeling she’s being followed?"
This sounds exactly like one of the types of sci-fi that I absolutely love, so I am extremely excited for this book. A mysterious expedition on a new planet, things not going according to plan, some more sinister-sounding events... I'm all in.

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Katherine Tegen Books
416 pages
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)
From Goodreads: 

What makes you you

The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. 

But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children—who share the same first and middle names, ages, and exact birth dates as the Greystone kids—reach the Greystone family. This bizarre coincidence makes them wonder: Who exactly are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a mysterious work trip. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down."
Katherine Tegen Books is a publisher that seems to put out a lot of really great middle grade gems, and this book looks like it will be yet another good one! This sounds like it has so many twists and interesting plot points, I can't wait to check it out.

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?



  1. Super excited for The Luminous Dead too! And The Strangers sounds great, I don't usually read MG but I might make an exception for this😁

  2. Ooh The Luminous Dead sounds like it definitely will have that intense dread feeling! I've been really enjoying darker SF like that lately, and this one has me totally intrigued now!

    1. Yes, me too! It sounds perfect, I hope it ends up being as good as it sounds!

  3. The Strangers looks charming! Wow,creepy cover on the Luminous Dead!

  4. These both sound like great reads!

  5. Oooh! Both of these books sound awesome! Great picks!!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. The Strangers sounds fun. I really like the cover.