I Can’t Wait For…Floating Hotel by Grace Curtis

Posted 14th February 2024 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 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 Book is Floating Hotel by Grace Curtis!

Floating Hotel by Grace Curtis
Genres: Queer Protagonists, Sci Fi
Representation: Queer MC
Published on: 19th March 2024

The Grand Budapest Hotel in space, Floating Hotel is a hopeful story of misfits, rebels and found family, perfect for fans of Becky Chambers, Martha Wells and Aliette de Bodard.

Welcome to the Grand Abeona Hotel: home of the finest food, the sweetest service, and the very best views the galaxy has to offer. Year round it moves from planet to planet, system to system, pampering guests across the furthest reaches of the milky way. The last word in sub-orbital luxury - and a magnet for intrigue. Intrigues such as:

Why are there love poems in the lobby intray?

How many Imperial spies are currently on board?

What is the true purpose of the Problem Solver's conference?

And perhaps most pertinently - who is driving the ship?

At the centre of these mysteries stands Carl, one time stowaway, longtime manager, devoted caretaker to the hotel. It's the love of his life and the only place he's ever called home. But as forces beyond Carl's comprehension converge on the Abeona, he has to face one final question: when is it time to let go?

I was charmed by the premise of Floating Hotel when I first heard of it, and fell HARD for that cover when it was revealed! But I’m wary of debut or new-to-me authors, so I read Curtis’ previous book first, Frontier – and when I enjoyed the heck out of that, I gave myself all the permission to fall for Floating Hotel!

I’m a shallow, shallow reader, and I love getting to read about pretty things. So reading about a luxury hotel? A luxury hotel so luxurious it’s in SPACE? Insert heart-eyes here! Give me all the pretties, and just as importantly, let me see all the people who keep them pretty and make the pretties happen!

I saw a whisper that Floating Hotel is actually set in the same universe as Frontier (although you definitely don’t need to have read one to read the other) and written in the same style – meaning each chapter follows a different character, and all their stories weave into an over-arching, bigger story. That worked really well in Frontier, and with the promise of Becky Chamber!vibes in this book (Frontier is definitely not a Becky Chambers!vibes book) – I just feel like that’s going to be a really great combination.

I mean, ‘a hopeful story of misfits, rebels and found family’ is always going to be my jam. That it’s set in pretty!space just makes it so much better.

This one’s out next month, so you still have plenty of time to get your preorders in!


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