Once & Future is a fast-paced, fun, and witty space fantasy. Ari is a refugee from the planet Ketch, an outlaw running from the tyrannical Mercer corporation, and, oh yeah, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur. A queer retelling of a classic myth where the Big Bad is Fantasy-Amazon, this book checks all my boxes. It is filled with hope and family and heart-wrenching friendships, this is a book about rising up against powers and governments that seem insurmountable. Definitely a book I will be revisiting this month.
— From Once and Future
About the Author
Cori McCarthy is the author of four young adult books, including Breaking Sky, which received multiple starred reviews and is in development to become a film by Sony Pictures, and a forthcoming nonfiction picture book. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who, like many of their characters, is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. After earning a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, they completed UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting and earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cori lives in the mountains of Vermont with their partner and young son.
Amy Rose Capetta is the author of several YA novels, including Echo After Echo (starred review), and The Brilliant Death, which released October 2018. Amy Rose holds a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. With Cori McCarthy, she is the co-founder of the Rainbow Boxes initiative, which sent LGBTQIAP fiction to readers in all 50 states, and the Rainbow Writers Workshop, which helps find and develop exciting new voices. She lives in Vermont with her Once & Future co-author and the champion of her heart, Cori.
Praise for Once & Future:
* "All hail this worthier-than-ever, fresh, and affirming reincarnation of the legendary king and her round table of knights which dazzles with heroic flair, humor, and suspense."
—Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
* "A marvelous mythology remix for teens who enjoy action-packed speculative fiction and genderqueer romance."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
*"This epic space adventure... is a must-have
."—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Fun and fearless, this story romps right across the galaxy and into your heart."
—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae
"The inclusive, genderbent King Arthur retelling your bookshelf has been missing. ... An adventure of epic scale, including on-page representation and celebration of people of many different sexualities, races, and gender identities."
—B&N Teen Blog
"Like White's The One and Future King
, this manages to be exciting, earnest, and funny... Unique twists and a message of unity through diversity result in a meaningful, utterly fun read."—Booklist
"Pointedly funny and deftly topical, an effortless Arthurian update with heart in all the right places."
—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author E.K. Johnston
"Once & Future
is an utterly delightful romp, full of witty voice, imaginative adventures, and deeply lovable characters. It kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put it down!"—--Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon (2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book)
"An effortlessly fun, breathtakingly epic quest, featuring a queer immigrant teen pulling Excalibur and fighting to save the galaxy. There is nothing else in YA that can quite compare to Once & Future
, which makes it a unique and majestic reading experience. It's the holy grail of inclusiveness!"—Rachel Strolle, Glenside Public Library
"Once & Future
is a sizzling, bold exploration of gender, power, and revolution. Its dynamic and diverse cast will inspire and delight readers. I loved every second!"—Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish
"A rip-roaring, no-holds-barred, gloriously queer reinvention of Arthurian legend."
—Malinda Lo, author of Ash and A Line in the Dark