Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Book Club!
We are so excited to be reading the latest novel from contemporary sci fi/fantasy author Alaya Dawn Johnson
, LOVE IS THE DRUG
From the publisher:
From the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE, a novel that's John Grisham's THE PELICAN BRIEF meets Michael Crichton's THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN set at an elite Washington D.C. prep school.
Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.
Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know.
The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
And the author? Alaya Dawn Johnson
made a splash last year with her hit YA debut, THE SUMMER PRINCE
, a dystopian thriller complete with romance, outsider art, and government conspiracies. Johnson is also known for featuring diverse casts of characters, writing powerful heroines, and challenging thoughts about gender and sexuality. Her latest novel, LOVE IS THE DRUG
is sure to sweep you off your feet in the most wild ways.
Let's see some ARTWORK!
Since Ms. ADJ is a newer author, we don't have a lot of fan art up for her books. BUT. I thought it would be fun to feature some photos of the setting. Check out these spooky Washington, DC pieces:
Prizes! We have prizes!
Thanks to Johnson
's publisher, Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Books
, we'll be giving away a hardcover of THE SUMMER PRINCE
(which is one of my personal FAVORITE books of last year) to this month's top participant. Another will go into the prize bucket to be sent off to the top participant over the next several months (June-December). So be sure to comment, engage, and participate in our challenges and activities! We will be reading to the chapter titled ADRENALINE, at the halfway point of the book, by August 15 for the mid-month discussion.
Remember, there are lots of ways to access a book: a bookshop (local or online -- BookDepository
has free international shipping!), the library (ask your librarian about ordering in for you (they almost always say yes!) or inter-library loans if they don't have it on the shelves), ereader platforms (including OverDrive
at the library). If you're having trouble finding the book, note PinkyMcCoversong
and we'll see if we can guide you in the right direction.
Tell us below what makes you want to read the book. Or perhaps what makes you hesitant to pick it up. GOOD TIMES WILL BE HAD BY ALL! <3