Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Published by Tor.com on February 4, 2020
my rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Goodreads avg: 3.71 (as of 2020-08-06)
What kind of good man becomes a sheriff these days? What kind of good man joins his posse?
Queer librarians on horseback! Is there anything else for me to say? The cast in this is excellent, with many wlw characters as well as a non-binary love interest. There are also hints of polyamory, which I’m always a fan of. This is a Western that felt historic at first, but revealed itself to be a futuristic dystopia in which the US has reverted to the old days of horses and wagons. I would love more books set within this world to flesh out the setting, particularly a sequel to see what Esther gets up to next. The only thing I really struggled with a bit was the characterization of Esther, who I initially thought was much younger than she actually was. Even now, I’m not quite sure how old her character is meant to be. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to picking up more from Gailey!