Debut novels have to be some of the scariest books to write. You never quite know how the world is going to receive the book and it’s your first time adventuring into the big world of publishing. I love to write for fun but I can’t imagine how scary it would be to have a book come out for the very first time. It’s exciting but also stressful. Here’s a list of some of my favorite debut novels. (Many of these were the first in a series that I ended up loving.)
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown – The Red Rising series took off when it debuted and is now one of the most well-loved science fiction series I’ve seen talked about today. I see this series all over the place. This was one of the first science fiction books I read and I loved it! It can be quite gritty and dark at times but the scope of the story is fascinating!
- The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – The Star Touched Queen is probably my favorite of Roshani Chokshi’s books because it was the most fascinating to me. It’s a Hades and Persephone retelling mixed with Hindu culture and the story was beautifully told. It’s a Young Adult fantasy story so I wish it would have been a little more in depth but I really enjoyed the world building throughout the story.
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This is also a retelling, but it it a retelling of Vasilisa the Beautiful and old Russian folktale. The writing in this book is so lush and atmospheric that you feel like you are really in the dead winter of Russia. The characters are well developed in the first book and you fall even more in love with them as the series continues.
- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up but I was really hoping I loved it . . . and I did! I devoured this book and found myself unwilling to put it down. I will warn you that the main character was very prickly and unlikeable at times but I enjoyed it’s view on the world.
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – I was in tears multiple times while reading this book. It’s not an easy book to read but it’s beautifully written. There are fabulist elements throughout the book as the main character learns to deal with the grief that follows her mother’s suicide. It deals so well with topics that are so complex.