Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.
What book am I eagerly anticipating at this moment? Why it just so happens to be…
Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee
Releases May 24th 2016 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.
On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
One: Asian protagonist, Mercy Wong. (Who actually has the same name as a character in one of my unfinished books… Dammit, Stacey!) I’m always looking for books featuring Asian heroines and heroes.
Two: Historical fiction. Specifically, 1906 San Francisco. I love historical fiction and keep wanting to read more of it. Perfect excuse.
Three: Natural disasters. An earthquake. We don’t have enough books about natural disasters, usually they’re man-made disasters. The only other natural disaster book I can think of right now is Life As We Knew It (which you should totally check out), so I’m excited to read about one of the most devastating earthquakes to ever hit the United States. (Well, not excited, since it was a tragedy, but you know what I mean.)
Are you looking forward to reading Outrun the Moon?
What can’t you wait to read right now?