As we brave another MCO lockdown, distract yourself with one of our recommended books in May

1. Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker marks the much-anticipated return of fantasy author Victoria Aveyard, following the success of her Red Queen quartet. In the seaside town of Allward, Corayne an-Amarat has just discovered the truth about her heritage and her destiny—she is her world's last line of defence against a villain crusading to burn every realm to ashes. Fans all over the world are excited for this new series that is expected to cement Aveyard's legacy in fantasy fiction.  

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2. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Inspired by the recently uncovered account of Chinese Titanic survivors, Stacey Lee's new novel brings a fresh retelling of the infamous tragedy. Luck of the Titanic tells the story of teenaged British-Chinese Valora Luck, who smuggled herself aboard the Titanic for two reasons: to track down her twin brother, Jamie, and to join the Ringling Brothers Circus as twin acrobats. As turmoil flames upon Val and Jamie's reunion, the Titanic collides with the fatal iceberg, propelling them into a desperate quest for survival.

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3. The Ones We're Meant To Find by Joan He

Joan He's sophomore novel The Ones We're Meant To Find follows the parallel lives of Celia (or Cee) and Kasey (Kay), sisters separated by the former's disappearance. Cee is trapped on an island with no memories of her life before while Kay is stuck in her eco-city of a home, isolated and haunted by the loss of her sister. Intersecting themes of climate change, mystery and survival, their yearnings to reunite may be hampered by dark secrets of their own.

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4. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Rising to fame after The Martian became an instant classic, Andy Weir returns with yet another sci-fi page-tuner. This time, the story centres around Ryland Grace, an astronaut who finds himself on a spaceship with corpses for company and no recollection of the events before. 

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5. Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy by Larissa Pham

Artist and writer Larissa Pham's debut non-fiction is a memoir-in-essays. The intimate narration weaves together commentaries on love, modern-day living, and trauma. Imaginative and provocative, it also celebrates the misgivings of Pham's youth while reminding readers of their own. 

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6. Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Mia P. Manansala fuses murder, love and food in her sharp debut novel. Spunky Lila Macapagal moves back home after a nasty break-up and channels her grief into saving a failing restaurant. When a food critic, who happens to be her ex, dies after a confrontation, she becomes the prime suspect. As she works to solve the the mystery, Lila realises that her life is also in danger.

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7. A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

Laura Hankin's thrilling sophomore novel tells the tale of New York City's most exclusive women-only social club and its sinister secrets. In an effort to unveil these secrets, journalist Jillian Beckley dives into this elite world and discovers the danger that awaits anyone who dares raise any unsavoury questions about the club.

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