I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery since I found out I’m autistic. Armed with the knowledge that I’m not as alone as I felt, I’ve been trying to learn more about myself and how my mind works. Through this, I’ve come across some excellent SFF books that are either written by autistic authors or feature autistic characters. I believe that reading is one of the most powerful methods of building empathy and, as it is Autism Acceptance Month, I would like to share (in no particular order) a list of recommended SFF reads with you.
Review: World Running Down by Al Hess
World Running Down is a post-apocalyptic meet cute that doesn’t shy away from asking the big questions. The characters are expertly written and it’s, dare I say, impossible not to empathize with their struggles and cheer on their victories. What I think I love best about it though is the pervading sense of hope throughout; World Running Down is about good people doing their best to survive in a world that’s just trying to get by, by acting with love and compassion. That’s powerful.
Review: The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier
Oh man, was this a breath of fresh air! The Phlebotomist started out as what I felt was a well-written but largely generic dystopian corporate thriller. However, at around ten chapters/80 pages in, there was a twist so well executed and unexpected that it changed the course of the entire book. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will be as vague as possible with my review.