I Can’t Wait For…Proud Pink Sky by Redfern Jon Barrett

Posted 30th November 2022 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 Proud Pink Sky by Redfern Jon Barrett!

Proud Pink Sky by Redfern Jon Barrett
Genres: Queer Protagonists, Sci Fi
Representation: Queer MCs
Published on: 14th March 2023
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Berlin: a megacity of 24 million people, is the world’s first gay state. Its distant radio broadcasts are a lifeline for teenager William, so when his love affair with Gareth is discovered the two flee toward sanctuary. But is there a place for them in a city divided into districts for young twinks, trendy bears, and rich alpha gays?

Meanwhile, young mother Cissie loves Berlin’s towering highrises and chaotic multiculturalism, yet she’s never left her heterosexual district – not until she and her family are trapped in a queer riot. With her husband Howard plunging into religious paranoia, she discovers a walled-off slum of perpetual twilight, home to the city’s forbidden trans residents.

As William and Cissie dive deeper into a bustling world of pride parades, polyamorous trysts, and even an official gay language, they discover that all is not well in the gay state – each playing their part in a looming civil war...

Can you blame me? What part of that synopsis doesn’t sound AMAZING?!

I’m sure a gay state wouldn’t be a utopia, but damn, I’d still like to visit. And it sounds like Proud has the potential to either play with some queer identities and stereotypes (dear gods, what is an alpha gay???) tongue-in-cheek style, or else give us some subversion or commentary – and any of those would be fun for me!

Of couse I’m really interested in the worldbuilding – when am I not? – and would probably read the book just for that. (I desperately want to know if there’s room for nonbinary people in this future!) But the idea of a gay civil war?

Yeah, sorry not sorry, I am gonna be all over this.

I’ve preordered my copy – and I can’t wait till it gets here!

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