The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
This is the first book I’ve read by Thomas, but it won’t be the last. It is definitely The Hunger Games meets Percy Jackson. I loved the trans representation, especially with the main character, Teo. I thought the world was fascinating and I loved the diversity. I do think the book was a bit slow to start, but it gets better as you go, and I cannot wait for book two. This is a duology, so if you aren’t a big fan of book series, I’d still recommend you check this out.
Sunbearer Trials ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and it had a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all. It made me a bit mad/sad, but I think it works and I can’t wait to learn more.