GIRLS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Laura Brooke Robson
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It wasn’t supposed to be a Harbinger Year. The priests had assured them it would be another eight centuries before the next flood that drowned the world, killing all plants, animals, and people who couldn’t board a ship in time. But the signs were undeniable: the ice, the swarms of insects, the exodus of birds–the Flood was coming.
As one of the king’s acrobats, Natasha had been promised a spot on the fleet to survive the Flood. But when the chief Mariner sells the acrobats’ spaces to wealthy merchant, Natasha and her friends are desperate to find a way to get on board. All except the newest acrobat, Ella. She didn’t join the team to secure her future but to avenge a woman from her past. Ella is going to kill the king. When Natasha decides to try to earn the king’s hand in marriage–thereby guaranteeing a spot on a ship–she and Ella are brought into conflict. But will they be able to put aside their mutual attraction to achieve their independent goals?
Part thrilling fantasy, part queer romance, GIRLS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is impossible to put down. As the clock ticks down to the end of the world, two fierce protagonists fight to find themselves and each other. A perfect pick for fans of Rin Chupeco and Melissa Bashardoust.