by Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Far in the future is a dystopian world that the women run, but a prince is allowed a few months to feel power. Elected in the spring, winter sees the queen slitting their throat.  Enki is elected in a surprising move from a class of residents of Palmeres Ter that is in the underbelly of their world. Johnson creates a completely believable and consistent world in the future with the emphasis on the cultural and social ways that power can be used or corrupted. Adventure, yes. With an element of romance that encompasses June, our heroine, her best friend Gil, and Enki in multiple combinations combining with the social commentary might have been heavy lifting for what seems so light at first. Johnson pulls it off with deft plotting and by never getting too enamored with the details.

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