Look To The Sun
Look To The Sun - Emmie Mears
Emmie Mears
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ISBN Numbers:  
Hardcover: 978-1-64397-157-5
Softcover:  978-1-64397-158-2
Ebook:       978-1-64397-159-9 
LCCN: 2016954061

Page Count: 332
Release Date: 10/28/2021
Fiction / Political / Dystopian
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Emmie Mears
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"...[the] message of hope, acceptance and courage during the worst of times will entrance the reader with its artistic flair, complexity and delivery of raw emotion."
InD’Tale Magazine
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This dystopian masterpiece by Emmie Mears gives a “message of hope, acceptance and courage during the worst of times [and] will entrance the reader with its artistic flair, complexity and delivery of raw emotion.” (InD’Tale Magazine).

For fifteen years, the National People’s Voice has ruled in relative peace, quietly snuffing out dissent wherever it’s found. Silently enforcing their views and doctrine upon the people of Sanmarian as citizens disappear overnight and businesses mysteriously close.

Rose Abernethy and Beo Mataya are two strangers drawn together by one thing alone: Red Sunrise. A mysterious book no one else seems to have read. A book only two types of people ever ask about—collectors and the National People’s Voice. A book both Rose and Beo feel was written just for them and that strangely seems to echo what is currently going on in their beloved city.

As the facade of calm seethes into violent protests, Rose and Beo are caught in the middle. Drawn into the center of a forgotten tragedy, they discover the book may not only hold the key to the secret of the city’s past but also the key to its future.
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"Incredible and riveting. I’ve always wanted a gripping speculative fiction that I could see people like me in. This is it."
—Karly Madonna, Goodreads Reviewer
"Wonderful characters with heart wrenching decisions to make. A love story for today's political climate."
—Elizabeth, Goodreads Reviewer
"it is beautiful. Each of Emmie's books is perfect and wonderful unto itself, but they do seem to successively get better. Bolder. Deeper."
—AgentRusco, Goodreads Reviewer
"should be long remembered by those who read it."
—Eric, Goodreads Reviewer
"[a] very lovely and thought-provoking book."
—Siavahda, Goodreads Reviewer
"well-written and immersive."
—Łukasz Przywóski, NetGalley Reviewer
"Absolutely love! Pulls you in and keeps your interest right from the start! Highly recommend! This book is unlike any other I’ve read and is great for anyone who wants a book that will keep you hooked."
—Sophia Davis, NetGalley Reviewer
"quickly becomes impossible to put down. It's a wild ride, and one I enjoyed every minute of."
—Stewart C. Baker, GoodReads Reviewer
"chock-full of twists, turns, and inspiring moments that make for satisfying reading. The majority queer cast…is a breath of fresh air. Readers looking for dystopian fiction foregrounding LGBTQ relationships will find this well worth checking out."
Publishers Weekly
"Wonderfully written, captivating… Kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time…a masterpiece."
—Jay, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"A heart-wrenchingly soulful reminder that love is love, even when queer safety is threatened by the torment of growing fascism. Mears gives us hope that compassion can flourish even as fear clamps down on our hearts."
—R J Theodore, author of The Peridot Shift series
"a fantastic novel, a bizarre hybrid of fantasy and political thriller that serves as a stark reminder to be mindful of our past, lest it creep up on us once more."
—Avidly Fantasy
"a wonderful piece of literature…it tugged at my soul!"
—Pen, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"This book is wonderful! The language is rhythmic and beautiful, and I loved every word. I grew to care about each character, all of whom are fantastic, and loved the echos of the tale to the politics of both the past (1930s Germany) and far more recent times. I would certainly read more by this incredible author, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in politics or dystopian fiction."
—Sarah Hudson, Goodreads Reviewer
"Look to the Sun fixes an unflinching gaze on a city boiling under the fascist boot, and uplifted by the brighteness and joy of ordinary people who refuse to knuckle under. It's a terrific demonstration of how stories matter, that resistance is a choice, and that if we persevere we might pull through after all. LOOK TO THE SUN pointed at poisons bubbling in our own world and refused to let me look away."
—Phoebe Barton, author of The Luminous Underground
"The terrifying timeliness of Look to the Sun’s oppressive regime puts this book on par with the best of dystopian novels."
Foreword Reviews Magazine (starred review)
"An excellent sci-fi dystopian novel."
—Nicole Russell, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"A dreamy and chilling modern day allegory, reminiscent of Momo and The Handmaid’s Tale …atmospheric and well written"
—Ling Lass, LibraryThing Early Reviewers
"Emmie Mears’s Look to the Sun was timely and unsettling. More than anything else it is a novel about how freedom slips away, how fascism grows and festers just out of sight—unless you turn your eyes to see it—and how suddenly the world lurches into a new, awful equilibrium. Speculative political fiction has a great power to cut to the heart of things without getting hung up on the ephemera of the moment, and Emmie Mears uses that power in this book, in which a procession of small moments of dread and a miasma of deepening unease suddenly give way to the horror of what has been there all along. The setting of Sanmarian is gorgeously realized as a sort of 1930s European anyplace, and Mears gives us just enough of the richness of culture and lore that we wish we were encountering this world on different terms, as welcome guests instead of potential political prisoners. "
—Maya Deane, author of Wrath Goddess Sing