The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

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...The Summer Prince walks the line between literary lyricism and good old-fashioned science fiction storytelling.
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A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.
 

About Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Alaya Dawn Johnson's short story "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was included in the ZOMBIES VS UNICORNS anthology (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010), edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black. THE SUMMER PRINCE is her first young adult novel. She lives in New York City.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 307 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Petra Mayer on Mar 07 2013

...The Summer Prince walks the line between literary lyricism and good old-fashioned science fiction storytelling.

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