The Summer PrinceAlaya Dawn Johnson
science fiction, young adult
Locus Award nominee 2014.
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.
Alaya Dawn Johnson has become a writer to watch in both the adult and YA arenas, with her work being consistently praised for its lyrical beauty and incisive commentary. She won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i," which also appears in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2015), guest edited by Joe Hill. Her debut YA novel, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine, 2013), was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her follow up YA novel, Love is the Drug won the Andre Norton Award in 2015. She is currently based in Mexico City, pursuing a Masters in Mesoamerican Studies. Her other home base is New York City.