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2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic

And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Series: The Interscission Project
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1532991282
ISBN-13: 978-1532991288
Amazon: Insurrection (Interscission Project #3)
Amazon Kindle: Insurrection (Interscission Project #3)

1) Wow! I'm a geek for stories about interstellar travel and time travel. This novel includes both in a rousing story that kept me glued to the pages. I'll definitely have to go back and check out the earlier books in this series.

2) Being the third instalment in a series I have not read, I found parts of this time travel story quite complex and had to re-read sections to understand what was happening. That being said, I love an intelligently written, well developed plot with lots of surprises that makes me think, along with a strong cast of characters, and this book fit the bill perfectly. I have already ordered books 1 and 2 to read once my reading for the Awards is over.

(tie) Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (February 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1682810690
ISBN-13: 978-1682810699
Amazon: Scardust
Amazon Kindle: Scardust

1) This was a really interesting tale. I'm very grateful to read this story.

2) I didn't really enjoy this book, I loved it! Scardust really sucked me into the small town, vast desert landscape and left me to negotiate the convoluted twists and turns of the plot by following the carefully laid clues to that wonderful OMG! moment, delightfully discovered before being laid out by the author because this is a book has has you thinking about it even when not reading it. Superb, intelligent writing and a character arc that wrenches the heart strings at times but leads to a HEA. One of the best I've read in a long time. Bravo author, bravo!

3) This was an engaging book from the start.  I enjoyed the pace of the story.  Each crisis was escalated to the next, and it kept my attention the entire time.

2. Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Sci-Fi / Futuristic




Runners Up:
4. The Avian Emperor by Pelaam - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
5. Risking the Wild Places by Shannon West - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
6. Whipping Boy by Jordan Brewer - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
7. The Forbidden Zone by Victoria Zagar - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
8. Inherent Cost by Alicia Cameron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
9. In Pain by Caethes Faron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Cardinal Sins by Lissa Kasey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic