I Can’t Wait For…August Kitko and the Mechas From Space by Alex White

Posted 6th April 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is August Kitko and the Mechas From Space by Alex White!

August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White
Genres: Queer Protagonists, Sci Fi
Representation: Queer MC
Published on: 12th July 2022

When an army of giant robot AIs threatens to devastate Earth, a virtuoso pianist becomes humanity's last hope in this bold, lightning-paced, technicolor new space opera series from the author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. 

Jazz pianist Gus Kitko expected to spend his final moments on Earth playing piano at the greatest goodbye party of all time, and maybe kissing rockstar Ardent Violet, before the last of humanity is wiped out forever by the Vanguards--ultra-powerful robots from the dark heart of space, hell-bent on destroying humanity for reasons none can divine. 

But when the Vanguards arrive, the unthinkable happens--the mecha that should be killing Gus instead saves him. Suddenly, Gus's swan song becomes humanity's encore, as he is chosen to join a small group of traitorous Vanguards and their pilots dedicated to saving humanity. 

I don’t know much about this book yet beyond the blurb, but I also don’t need to – after the incredible Salvagers trilogy, I’ll read anything White writes!

Between the title, the description and the tagline (which I adore – Space Opera just got louder, YES PLEASE) this sounds like it might be more campy and light than the Salvagers books??? Which is not at all a bad thing. I also suspect that this is going to be straight-up scifi rather than science-fantasy like the Salvager trilogy, which is also not a problem for me!

I’m excited that this is the start of a series, not a standalone, but I have so many questions! Such as, are the mecha pilots humans or aliens? What is their interest in a jazz player? And will poor August get his kiss???

I’ve had this preordered for months already – you should too!

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