Waiting on Wednesday (#6): On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight some upcoming releases that we're impatiently tapping our feet for. It's a great way to to keep track of some of the most anticipated releases amongst other book bloggers and a new way to discover books yourself.

At the moment, the book I'm most excited for is:

On Such a Full Sea 
Author: Chang-rae Lee
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Riverhead Books
To be published: January 7th, 2014
Find: Goodreads
On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee’s elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in.

In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class—descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China—find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.

In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

First of all, I absolutely love that cover. It's not a painted masterpiece, but that haircut just... It bring back a lot of childhood memories for me. Secondly, yay for more Asian authors! This dystopian book sounds really interesting and I have high hopes for it. Luckily, I won't have to wait for this book too long since it comes out next week!

What upcoming books have caught your eye and tickled your fancy? 


  1. Angel (Spare Reads)January 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    This is an interesting pick, I will watch out for it :) Also, I nominated you for the Liebster award, check out here http://sparereads.blogspot.com/2014/01/liebster-award.html

  2. I have heard amazing things - it was featured in the newest Entertainment Weekly too!