Waiting on Wednesday [1]: July 2015!

"Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating. I, however, do it monthly. 
I have been seeing Waiting on Wednesdays for as long as I have been blogging, but every week just seemed like too much, so I decided to post a monthly version with a handful of books on the second Wednesday of every month!

Asking for It by Louise O'Neill
Expected Publication: September 3rd 2015 by Quercus

It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...
 This came onto my radar when BooksAndQuills from YouTube read and reviewed this one. She gave it four stars, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one to see what it has to say.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Expected Publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
 This book sounds absolutely incredible. It first came onto my radar when Catriona @ The Little Book Owl on YouTube got a super, super early copy (it was in like March), and I have wanted to read it ever since. She absolutely adored it and will have a review (that I cannot wait to see) coming soon!

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Expected Publication: September 22nd 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace — even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?
From my understanding: it's in the future and it's what the world would be like if the UN used hostages for incentives of peace. Another book that everyone and their mother got at BEA (except me).

The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Expected Publication: September 15th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.
Another BEA book that everyone and their mother has made me wish I had. I absolutely loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Give me a story with pictures, a shipwreck, and two intertwining stories . . . and you can just take my money.

What do you think of this? Do you like this set-up better? Also, don't you hate it when Amazon gets the publication date wrong (**cough cough** The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2 **cough cough**) and you think it comes out two weeks later than it actually does? 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Tell me down below!
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