Editors Select

The Books We're Most Excited About in May

The Gene: An Intimate History

"Like countless others, I loved Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies. So when I heard he had written a new "biography" of a non-human subject, I was VERY excited. Though I still have a bit more to go in The Gene, I am completely enthralled. Deftly blending science, history, social issues, and personal anecdotes, Mukherjee deep-dives into heredity. From theories posited in Ancient Greece to modern scientific advances, Mukherjee outlines how microscopic changes in our genetic code have a substantial impact on our personalities, behaviors, and lives. Whether you struggled through Intro to Biology in college (like me) or hold a doctorate in the subject, The Gene is an accessible, comprehensive, and fascinating narrative of the building blocks of life." -Laura, Audible Editor

The Atomic Weight of Love

"Elizabeth J. Church is not your typical debut novelist. When life circumstances called her to re-examine things she came to the conclusion that after a 30-year law career she would turn to an earlier love: writing. And the subject matter she's chosen has little to do with the Law (no ripped-from-the-headlines thriller here) and everything to do with the unique world she grew up in. Los Alamos, New Mexico during and after WWII's Manhattan Project: A wondrous desert landscape populated by ambitiously brilliant men who were the kings of the scientific community, and the (often) equally brilliant wives who followed them there. Church captures this world through the story on one woman whose journey explores the importance and meaning of family, identity, and the forces that define the life we choose to live." -Tricia, Audible Editor

The Fireman: A Novel

"I’ve been meaning to try out a Joe Hill novel for a while, and when I heard his latest horror had been compared to The Stand – my all-time favorite novel – I knew now was the time. he Fireman is a terrifying tale about a mass contagion known as Dragonscale – a fungus that spreads across the skin of its victims… before burning them alive. Among the chaos emerges a mysterious protective figure donning the uniform of a firefighter. I could see the similarities, but The Fireman really stands apart. Hill has created a ruthless, apocalyptic landscape unlike any I’ve experienced before. Hill’s vivid characters (brought to life by the amazing Kate Mulgrew) felt so real, I couldn’t put this one down until I knew they were safe – for the time being. I can now be counted among the ranks of Hill’s devoted fans!" -Sam, Audible Editor

The Last Star

"There was a lot of grief and mixed emotions among my fellow YA fans about The Infinite Sea (the follow up to Rick Yancey's wildly popular alien invasion apocalyptic novel The 5th Wave). But I, for one, was firmly in the "what Yancey just did is BRILLIANT" camp, so I have been counting down the days till the release of final novel in the series. In her voicing of Cassie, Phoebe Stroll has provided one of the most convincing teen voices I've heard in recent years (I'm still trying to figure out how a middle aged dude wrote these books), full of snark and derision, and hopefulness and awe, and I can't wait to see how her story is resolved. The word from the editor is that this is the "best end to a trilogy ever, basically" so I'm confident that whatever happens it's going to be mega. Oh - and now would be the time to pick up The 5th Wave if you haven't already!" -Emily, Audible Editor

The Crown

"This isn’t the first time that a book from Kiera Cass’s The Selection series has been my personal pick of the month – but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share my excitement for the final book in the series. I’ve been doing everything in my power to try and get an early copy of The Crown, but the conclusion to this romantic, dystopian series is under lock and key. The penultimate book, The Heir, ended in a cliffhanger that has left me worried and obsessing over the fates of my favorite characters for the past year. But no matter what happens, I know Cass will deliver a fast-paced, enchanting, and addictive story (that hopefully ends happily for Princess Eadlyn, Maxon, and America). Now excuse me while I continue counting down the days to May 3rd…" -Katie, Audible Editor

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

"I first watched Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED talk a few years ago when I was working in education, and her simple but unique idea really resonated with me. Grit was something I tried to instill my students, and myself. Her talk has been very successful, garnering more than 8mm views. The video is pretty short though, and while it’s inspiring it doesn’t go into as much detail as I would like. So I’m more than excited for this book, which in addition to benefiting from Duckworth's inspired performance provides a solid and more extensive rubric for improving one’s own grittiness." -Michael, Audible Editor

Zero K

"To say that I am a DeLillo fan would be an understatement. For me, he’s one of the few novelists whose books consistently act as lightning rods for those big, revelatory moments where I’m reminded of the myriad intricacies of human life. That is to say: upon finishing a DeLillo book, I expect to feel changed. And Zero K doesn’t disappoint. For a relatively short book, DeLillo poses big questions regarding mortality and identity, technology and faith, and the result is rather frightening, though brilliant, all the same. Parts of this book straight up terrified me – the structure, the language, the dialogue all becoming dreamlike; a kind of funhouse existentialism. But by its end, I was left awed, awake, and feeling lucky to be alive." -Doug, Audible Editor