Queerplatonic Relationships and Non-Romantic Books!

Hey Bookies! Last year I did books for your partner recommendations, but not all of us like being in romantic relationships so I’m bringing in some recs for some great books that don’t have romantic relationships in them:

Loveless
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Baker Thief
Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault
A Queerplatonic New Year (An Aspec for All Seasons, #1)
A Queerplatonic New Year by Katie Fouks
The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, #1)
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
The Reckless Kind
The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath
The Bedlam Stacks (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, #3)
The Bedlam Stacks, Book 3 of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3)
Not Your Backup, Book 3 of the Sidekick Squad series by C.B. Lee
Nameless Queen
The Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin (not queer)
Fire Becomes Her
Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
If It Makes You Happy
If It Makes Your Happy by Claire Kann
Royal Rescue
Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan
Across a Field of Starlight: (A Graphic Novel)
Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti (note: the synopsis says there is a romance but I and others have not seen a romance in this book. It reads as a queerplatonic relationship)

Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher for the purposes of a book tour. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Across a Field of Starlight

Author: Blue Delliquanti

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Black Plus Size non-binary MC, POC Non-Binary MC, POC characters, non-binary character, non-binary romance

Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi, graphic novel, epic sci-fi, 2SLGBT+, romance

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Graphic Novel

Age Relevance: 13+ (violence, gore, dead animals shown, terrorism, parental death, mass attempted murder, romance)

Explanation of Above: There is violence and some very slight gore in this book as the book is set during a rebellion period between two sides: an empire and a rebel army. There is also a scene of attempted mass murder shown and acts of terrorism shown. There is parental death mentioned as well and very slight romance.

Publisher: Random House Graphic

Pages: 352

Synopsis: When they were kids, Fassen’s fighter spaceship crash-landed on a planet that Lu’s survey force was exploring. It was a forbidden meeting between a kid from a war-focused resistance movement and a kid whose community and planet are dedicated to peace and secrecy.

Lu and Fassen are from different worlds and separate solar systems. But their friendship keeps them in each other’s orbit as they grow up. They stay in contact in secret as their communities are increasingly threatened by the omnipresent, ever-expanding empire.

As the empire begins a new attack against Fassen’s people–and discovers Lu’s in the process–the two of them have the chance to reunite at last. They finally are able to be together…but at what cost?

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is an epic science fiction romance between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, distance, and war.

Review: I really loved this graphic novel! I loved the story and I really liked the Star Wars feel of the book. The book had a great story with a great pen-pal friendship turned relationship at the core of it between two non-binary characters and I loved seeing how the universe was developed and how people could live happily without constant war. I loved seeing all of the POC and/or 2SLGBT+ characters and I loved seeing the diverse bodies, including the plus size MC and female characters with body hair. The characters were well developed and the world building was amazing. The illustrations were also well done and overall the book is well plotted and storied.

The only issue I had with the book is that it presents a lot of technical terms in it and I had some issue following along, but the book did a great job to give context clues as to what was happening.

Verdict: Highly recommend! I loved it!

Book Info:

Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti

Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: February 8, 2022

Synopsis:

An epic sci-fi graphic novel romance between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, distance, and war. An amazing story that explores the complexity of human nature and what brings us together.

When they were kids, Fassen’s fighter spaceship crash-landed on a planet that Lu’s survey force was exploring. It was a forbidden meeting between a kid from a war-focused resistance movement and a kid whose community and planet are dedicated to peace and secrecy.

Lu and Fassen are from different worlds and separate solar systems. But their friendship keeps them in each other’s orbit as they grow up. They stay in contact in secret as their communities are increasingly threatened by the omnipresent, ever-expanding empire.

As the empire begins a new attack against Fassen’s people–and discovers Lu’s in the process–the two of them have the chance to reunite at last. They finally are able to be together…but at what cost?

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is an epic science fiction romance between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, distance, and war.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43864953-across-a-field-of-starlight

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593124146/ref=x_gr_bb_amazon?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_bb_amazon_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/across-a-field-of-starlight-blue-delliquanti/1139741238?ean=9780593124130

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Across-Field-Starlight-Blue-Delliquanti/9780593124130?ref=grid-view&qid=1639505833394&sr=1-1

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/across-a-field-of-starlight/9780593124130-item.html?ikwid=across+a+field+of+starlight&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=f1f2b0624e0e783a2afd1f203e03475f

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593124147

About the Author:

Blue Delliquanti (they/them) is a comic artist and writer based in Minneapolis, MN.

From 2012 to 2020 Blue drew and serialized the Prism Award-winning science fiction comic O Human Star at ohumanstar.com. Blue is also the co-creator of the graphic novel Meal (with Soleil Ho), published through Iron Circus Comics, and The ‘Stan (with David Axe and Kevin Knodell), published through Dead Reckoning. They teach comics courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Blue is represented by Jen Linnan of Linnan Literary Management LLC.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.bluedelliquanti.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bluedelliquanti

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluedelliquanti/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6456580.Blue_Delliquanti

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