Our two finalists were The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson and Passing Strange by Ellen Klages.
That was one of the most difficult category in which to find a winner because both stories were absolutely amazing for very different reasons. We ended up in a tie and had to call in an extra juror to help us choose.
Our winner is: The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson! (review here)
But because we all loved and/or admired Passing Strange, we also awarded it a Special Mention! (review here)
Our two finalists were An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon and Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre.
Though it was debated, in the end, our winner didn't came as a surprise...
Our winner is: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon! (review here - external link)
Our two finalists were Metronome by Oliver Langmead and Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng.
Arguably one of our most interesting category which challenged the boundaries of fantasy, and with Metronome taking the heart of many jurors. But despite that, it was a sweeping vote for our winner.
Our winner is: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng! (review here)
BLURRED BOUNDARIES CATEGORY
Our three finalists were: Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys, The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden and The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams.
This was another category which led to a lot of debate, a lot of it because the stories challenged our expectations or subjectivity.
Our winner is: The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams! (review here)
We had four - yes, four! - finalists in this category: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, The Split Worlds by Emma Newman, The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan and The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin.
We enjoyed reading each and every one of them. There was something we loved in each and one of them. But the winner was reached by unanimous vote.
Our winner is: The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin! (review here)
Many congratulations to all our worthy winners!
Many thanks to my fellow jurors: Hammard, Imyril, Runalong, Leigh, David and Bethan. It was a pleasure to debate with each other. We had so much fun despite completely out of control to-be-read piles!
Will the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards return in 2019? Well, considering we were already talking about that last night, I'd say there's a good chance it will!
See you all next year!
"While we were reading" is an irregular feature about reading science-fiction and fantasy. It can contain guest posts. Nothing fancy, come as you are.
It is also home to all the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards announcements.