In an effort to spread more awareness of disabilities and the books that feature them, I’ve decided to join the Disability Diaries event and to share with you all ten science fiction and fantasy books featuring disabled characters!
I know this is similar to the list I just introduced on Monday, but I wanted a chance to actually spotlight some of the books I’ve read and others that sound especially good.
And when you’re done with this post, you can find even more books in my Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books with Disability Masterlist as well as lots of other amazing and insightful posts by checking out the #DisabilityDiaries2017 hashtag on Twitter!
1. No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman
A somewhat sci-fi/fantasy mashup YA featuring a character with cystic fibrosis. I’ve read this one, and it seems like a pretty realistic portrayal! Plus it’s Book 1 in a series, so there’s still more to come. [Review]
2. Life as a Teenage Vampire by Amanda Meuwissen
A YA LGBT vampire romance with a love interest who uses a robotic hand/arm prosthetic. I’ve also read this one, and while there’s not much about the struggles of having a prosthetic, it’s a sweet story and a fun book. [Review]
3. Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling
A fantasy book about a narcoleptic main character. I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds great!
4. Sugar Scars by Travis Norwood
A post-apocalyptic story about a girl with diabetes trying to survive by making her own insulin in the newly destroyed world. I love that idea for a book because most people never think about these types of things when it comes to post-apocalyptic stories. [Update: Review]
5. Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen
A YA with a touch of paranormal/religion about a main character who has epilepsy and scoliosis. The MC had a great voice, and I found his perspective enlightening and humbling. [Review]
6. Foamers by Justin Kassab
A post-apocalyptic book about a main character with Huntington’s Disease. I haven’t read this one yet either, but it’s another that take disability into account during an apocalypse and also sounds really good! [Update: Review]
7. The Vengeful Half by Jaclyn Dolamore
A YA fantasy with a blind love interest. He does have a telepathic-like ability to kind of feel out and “see” rooms and things in his mind, but it’s not foolproof and can only be used in small amounts, so he does still have some struggles with his blindness. [Review]
8. The Least by Michael John Grist
A post-apocalyptic about a paraplegic main character surviving in the world after it’s overtaken by zombies. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m definitely down for reading about a character with disability kicking zombie ass!
9. The Dream Protocol by Adara Quick
A YA dystopian with a love interest who has progeria (accelerated aging). This is the only dystopian on my list, and it sounds like a really interesting book!
10. The Girl in Between by Laekan Zea Kemp
A YA fantasy about a girl with Klein-Levin syndrome. Normally I wouldn’t recommend a book in which the chronic illness turns out to be something paranormal, as it does in this one, but I’m including this for the sole reason that in the first and second books, the author really nails the emotional aspects of having a chronic illness. [Review]