Review – A Universe of Wishes edt by Dhonielle Clayton

I have had this on my to-read list for a while but I never got around to it when it was originally published last year. But for some reason it came out on NetGalley and I was lucky enough to get a copy! yay!

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.

A Universe of Wishes

edt by Dhonielle Clayton

Fifteen diverse stories from the leading voices in YA.

Anything is possible.

From We Need Diverse Books fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice.

Alucard and Prince Rhy’s relationship in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is finally revealed, Anna-Marie McLemore gives “Cinderella” a trans retelling, while letters supernaturally cross borders between Gaza and California in Tochi Onyebuchi’s “Habibi”. Close your eyes. Make a wish. The universe is yours for the taking.


A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim

The Silk Blade byNatalie C. Parker

The Scarlet Woman: A Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray 

Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie McLemore

Liberia by Kwame Mbalia

A Royal Affair by V.E .Schwab 

The Take back Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse

Dream and Dare by Nic Stone 

Wish by Jenni Balch 

The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton

Unmoor by Mark Oshiro

The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed 

The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton

Longer Than the Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova 

Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi

This is an anthology about diversity in SFF short stories. I didn’t know all the authors going in which is the exciting part but I knew some and I got what I expected from them. The new-to-me authors were both hit and miss for me.

There are in total 15 short stories all featuring diverse characters from LGBT+ to race and faith.
Most of these stories have some elements of sci-fi in them but there are also fantasy stories and genre-bending stories.

The authors

Tara Sim
Natalie C. Parker
Libba Bray
Anna-Marie McLemore
Kwame Mbalie
V. E. Schwab
Rebecca Roanhorse
Nic Stone
Jenni Balch
Dhonielle Clayton
Mark Oshiro
Samira Ahmed
Tessa Gratton
Zoraida Cordova
Tochi Onyebuchi

Out of all of these, I have read from 6 authors before. But none of my previously read authors was my favourite story.

My absolute favourite story in here was Unmoor by Mark Oshiro. I loved it so much! I would love to see it as a full-length novel. Also, I’m now definitely checking out more of this author asap!

On top of that these are the following authors I’m super curious about trying in the future:
Dhonielle Clayton
Nic Stone
Tara Sim
Kwame Mbalia
Jenni Balch

So all in all, I enjoyed this anthology more than any other anthology I’ve read. I’m curious to check out more anthologies edited by Dhonielle Clayton and more from We Need Diverse Books.

The best thing about reading anthologies is finding authors you haven’t read from before.

I never fully know how to review anthologies so I hope this is good enough.

Have you read this? What did you think?

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