Once & Future (Once & Future, #1) by Amy Rose Capetta

Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.Now I’m done hiding.My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then s...

Details Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)

TitleOnce & Future (Once & Future, #1)
Release DateMar 26th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings, LGBT

Reviews Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)

  • Emily May
    He apologized for breaking his promise not to use magic as he took down the guard with the needle. Then another apology -- "sorry, quite sorry" -- as he zinged the one holding Hex."Why are you being so nice to them right now?" Hex asked."I'm British!" Merlin cried. It's times like this when I really wish I'd never started leaving star ratings for books because it just doesn't adequately express all that I want to say. There were some moments of c...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    If you aren’t someone an evil capitalistic corporation wants dead for being the on-the-run refugee who ignited a galactic revolution with the help of a cranky wizard, a mythical sword and a group of knights.... are you really living? So, what’s this book about? When Ari, a refugee from an Arab-settled planet, draws Excalibur from a tree on Old Earth and an ancient cycle shudders to life, that was only the tinder. The spark comes when Ari is d...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Hachette in exchange for an honest review. “Buried in the trunk of the thousand-year-old oak was a sword.” I have a very big soft spot in my heart for Arthurian legend and I will never turn down a retelling of the epic tale. And when I heard that we were going to get an ownvoices series, written by a couple, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Also, Morgana is one of my favorite villains of all time, and I actually think ...
  • Angelica
    Ok, so this book was hilarious. I had a stupid grin on my face the entire time. I was literally laughing out loud while reading, a very rare thing for me.And maybe that was the problem?This book was extremely funny and I absolutely loved that. I also really loved the writing. I honestly didn't expect to like the authors' writing this much. It was fluid and fun and just felt good to read. Another thing I really liked was the characters, especially...
  • Malanie
    full review to comeThis book was................not as good as I hopedThere was so much representation. Gender rep (fluidity, they/them rep), Merlin is gay, King Arthur is a girl + she's *****PAN!!!****** (feels the feeling of being represented in a book c: c: c: c: c: ) and this book basically flips off capitalism with a magical middle finger. I mean. The MC is an undocumented immigrant ready to defeat evil or die trying. And that's just. I felt...
  • Alaina
    So I have the actual book but I still ended up listening to it. LMFAO - I'm evil. Or lazy.Once & Future was a pretty funny book to dive into. Which wasn't what I was expecting - yet, I thoroughly enjoyed. I absolutely loved every character that was introduced within this book - Merlin might have been my absolute favorite. Besides him, there's Ari and she was nice and all.. but Mer was my guy. Ya know those King Arthur films? Doesn't matter when t...
  • alana ♡
    A Gender-bent King Arthur reimagining set in space with a cast full of LGBT+ rep, what more could we possibly need in 2019?Not a damn thing.When I received an e-mail from the publisher asking if I would be interested in a receiving a copy of this book the screech I let out would have been loud enough to send my neighbors into a panic that there was a serial killer in my house. But alas, no one was home so no need for anyone to lose their minds EX...
  • Sarah
    I've put off writing this review for a long time because I feel so painfully disappointed by this book. You only have to look at my excited squeeing below to know how much I was looking forward to reading this. Seriously, a gender bent, sci-fi King Arthur reimagining should be a winning book for me so it pains me to say I was so bored I couldn't even finish reading it.To start with the positive I love what the authors were trying to do by creatin...
  • Mohammad Ganaim
    I feel this will be more rant than review, I was so hyped for this book. I held so much hope that there was going to be a good story on Arthur and Merlin, a story I love so much, a story I've followed through books and the TV Show. Having waited for this book for a while, before the cover was even released I loved the goodreads description, going around telling everyone about this SCI-FI FANTASY. Alas we get to the book and we are already hating ...
  • Katie.dorny
    This just jumped from here to there and back again.I couldn’t keep up with the storyline beyond the basics of the legend I know and what the authors were trying to create here.Random sentimental scenes would be dropped in and then suddenly you are transported to another planet in another character’s POV that no one explains to you until you realise it’s a year later in book’s universe.The characters didn’t connect with each other - thei...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I never knew I needed a queer feminist King Arthur retelling in space until I read this book!I only know the basics about King Arthur.  I haven't really read anything to compare this to, but this book makes me want to learn more now.  Now I worry that it won't compare though.  This book is so modern and has such amazing rep.  I don't know that  I can handle the original story now.My favorite thing about this book is the characters.  These f...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Okay, wow, this was SO much fun and SOOOO very queer. Love.
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    > 3.5 stars Full review to come, but this was essentially a really fun novel with incredible diversity (an almost entirely queer cast, a central sapphic romance, an enby character, PoCs) but rather haphazard plotting with irregular jumps in the narrative that weren't easily overlooked, and twists towards the end that I didn't like as much. (But either way, some of these things might be fixed in the final copy and it was a brilliantly diverse book...
  • Kaitlin
    * I read this as part of the OWLs readathon as the Arithmancy prompt *This book is one I picked up based almost entirely on cover and blurb alone as there were nearly no reviews about it when I saw it in the bookshop. However, I am so very glad I did pick it up, because although retellings aren't usually my thing, and although trying out new authors can be good or bad, I think both of the things I was skeptical about really paid off for me here. ...
  • Charlie (eveninglottie)
    I'm going to preface this review by saying that I have been waiting for this exact book, a queer, genderbent, space fantasy/science fiction retelling of King Arthur for over two decades. I have wanted it so badly that I've tried to write it myself a few times. I was the key target for this book. This book is my dream book. The moment I heard about it I preordered it. And I am so disappointed to say that it was kind of a train wreck. Spoilers belo...
  • Lou
    Once & Future, a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and set in space, is a great read, although it wasn't quite as gripping as I'd hoped. I feel this will be a book you'll either love or hate with little to no middle ground. It certainly has a lot going for it - magic, romance, love, corruption, the obligatory evil corporations and a diverse and wonderful LGBTQ+ cast. All the famous characters from the original tale are here but are given a m...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    I’m not even sure how to approach writing about this book, because it is so ambitious. Once & Future is a queer, sci fi retelling of the Arthur myth, with a female Arthur. It’s somehow simultaneously dystopian, sci fi, and fantasy. Also, it's SO QUEER. Almost the entire cast is queer! m/m and f/f relationships, a non-binary character (they/them pronouns), and an asexual character! I loved this book. It is epic and feminist and queer. It’s a...
  • Max Baker
    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewAmy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy are HUGE voices in LGBT+ YA and looking at this book from a purely objective standpoint I can appreciate what they did here. This is a Sci-Fi book that incorporates multiple sexualities and gender identities into a story without relying on the "we're all oppressed" or "it's there but in a vague sense" tropes you see in the ge...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/23/...Lots of interesting and unique ideas are happening in young adult sci-fi and fantasy right now, and when the author can pull them off while being diversity-minded and still nail the trifecta of characters, story, and world-building, it can be incredible thing to see. However, I’ve also found these cases to be extremely rare. To wit, I’ve lost track of the number of time...
  • Ivy
    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... Overall, actually-in-love Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta (their engagement video made me cry) have written a perfect YA novel that’s fun, diverse, and meaningful, with plenty of magic and swords to keep it interesting. While a reincarnation of King Arthur may not seem like the most original idea, the way Amy Rose and Cori have written it is completely unique and fantastically surprising....
  • Tori Kiersten Frost
    Do you wish BBC's MERLIN had been a lot gayer? Do you wish there were ten more seasons of Netflix's SHE-RA? Do you want a squad of LGBT+ knights to go on epic quests IN SPACE? Then this book is for YOU!A wildly entertaining LGBT twist on Arthurian myth smashes headfirst into fun, stellar science-fiction in ONCE & FUTURE.Ari is an undocumented teen on the run from the brutal galactic corporation that tore her away from her planet. When the wizard ...
  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    Buddy Read with my Sista Alana Wow this is everything Gay that I needed. Consider me obsessed.RTC.
  • Wanda
    A very intelligent and cheeky retelling of the King Arthur legend. Merlin has been recalled more than 40 times to train various versions of Arthur and since he is aging backwards, he better get it right this time, as he’s soon going to be far too young to be taken seriously! This time, his student is a girl and he is beginning to hope for a breakthrough.Written by two people who identify as enby (non-binary) and demigirl, their characters are a...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsI came into Once & Future with as few expectations as possible. And I walked out with so many high expectations for the next novel (!!!). Before starting this, I saw some mixed ratings floating around, and made the wise decision of scrolling past them on Goodreads as quickly as I could to stop that from harming my reading experience. (My mood is very impressionable, unfortunately.) And although I think Once & Future had its flaws—it was ...