A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker; The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky; The Space Between the Worlds by Micaiah Johnson; The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez; and Seven Dials by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
In Sarah Pinsker’s debut novel, A Song for a New Day (Head of Zeus, £18.99), liberty and creative endeavour are compromised by political and socioeconomic reality. Pinsker presents a frighteningly real near-future US in which social gatherings have been proscribed due to terrorist attacks and viral plagues. Corporation StageHoloLive transmits virtual music events for the masses, while musician Luce retains some semblance of artistic integrity by playing at illegal underground venues. Meanwhile, Rosemary is a naive recluse, cocooned in virtual reality: when she is offered a job as a talent scout for StageHoloLive, she must leave her comfort zone. Pinsker movingly charts Rosemary’s coming of age story as her world and Luce’s collide.