Reading is a great way to escape the world and experience new realities, and with new books being released every week, there is always something new to explore. Here are five books that have recently been released that you shouldn’t miss reading this week.

1) “The Last Emperox” by John Scalzi

The Last Emperox is the third and final book in the Interdependency series by John Scalzi. This series is set in a far future where humanity has spread across different planets connected by The Flow, which is a sort of indefinite transportation method called a space tide. However, The Flow is starting to collapse, and humanity’s only hope is the Emperox, who is tasked with leading them to safety.

The Last Emperox continues the story’s arc as the Emperox, Grayland II, is still trying to get people to safety, but greed and political power threaten to ruin everything. The book is a great conclusion to the series and builds on the storylines set in the previous two books. If you’re craving an excellent space opera, then The Last Emperox should be on your to-read list.

2) “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel is a novel by Emily St. John Mandel that explores the ripple effects of a Ponzi scheme on several people’s lives. The Ponzi scheme is run by Jonathan Alkaitis, a wealthy man who meets the hotel employee Vincent Smith, who becomes a part of his scheme.

The book is not about the Ponzi scheme itself but the people whose lives are intertwined with it. The Glass Hotel covers many topics, including wealth, greed, love, and loss, and is a great literary read. If you’re someone who loves stories that explore human nature and its complexities, then The Glass Hotel is a must-read.

3) “The Deep” by Rivers Solomon

The Deep by Rivers Solomon is a novella that tells the story of a group of sea creatures descendants of African slave women who were thrown overboard during the transatlantic slave trade. They have since evolved to live underwater and guard the memories of their ancestors.

The book follows the life of one of the creatures, Yetu, who is responsible for carrying the memories of her people, which have become overwhelming. The Deep explores themes of identity, community, and history and is a lyrical and hauntingly beautiful story that is sure to stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

4) “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd is a historical novel that imagines what would happen if Jesus had a wife named Ana. The book is set in 1st century Galilee, where Ana is a rebellious woman who yearns to write but is stifled by the constraints of her society.

The book is a vivid portrayal of the time and place it’s set in and explores themes of faith, love, and social justice. The Book of Longings is a beautifully written and thought-provoking story that will stay with you after you’ve turned the last page.

5) “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin is a contemporary fantasy novel that is the first in a new series. The book is set in New York City, where the city is alive and has awoken, and its five boroughs now take on human form.

The book explores the idea of what it means to be a city and the forces that threaten to tear cities apart. The City We Became is a captivating and imaginative read that is perfect for fans of urban fantasy and those who love stories that celebrate cities’ diversity and vibrancy.

In conclusion, reading is a great way to unwind, and with these five books, you’re sure to find something that will captivate you. From space operas to historical fiction, contemporary fantasy to literary fiction, these books are all worth adding to your reading list. Happy reading!