Title: Not Your Backup
Series: Sidekick Squad #3
Author: C.B. Lee
Genres: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, and she isn’t always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when that’s done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front.
Lambda Literary Award finalist C.B. Lee returns with the third book in her bestselling Sidekick Squad series, which has garnered both critical acclaim and fans for its joyous tone and inclusivity.
Hi everyone! I’m incredibly excited to be able to be apart of the blog tour of Not Your Backup, the third book in the Sidekick Squad series. I love and adore this series, and in celebration of the release of this book I’ve got five reasons to share with you about why I love this series so much, and I made a playlist all about this book!
5 reasons why I love the Sidekick Squad series
The political system
I’m always a sucker for a good political system in a book/series, but if a book has a corrupt political systems and people have to overthrow it I’m there for it all the way. I know we’ve had a lot of this in the The Hunger Games and The Divergent days, but I can truly never get enough of it, because there’s so many ways you can go with it, and The Sidekick Squad definitely has a unique approach.
The way that it involved the superheroes and villains, the league… I was HOOKED.
The characters in the Not Your Sidekick series are all my babies. They’re so wonderful and I love being able to spend some time in their head, and then seeing them from another character’s POV in another book. I just… I’m trying to find words to describe how much or even why I love them so much but I don’t think I have words that do them justice. I just love them. A whole lot.
The romantic relationships in this series are extremely cute and will leave you swooning for days, but something that I especially love are the friendships. I love a good friendship group, and the sidekick squad is definitely that. They’re extremely supportive, loving, have a lot of fun together, and truly want the best for each other and are constantly looking out for each other. They’re like a little found family, which is my favorite trope of all time so of course I loved this, too.
The unapologetic queerness
Jess from Not Your Sidekick is bisexual, Bells from Not Your Villain is a trans guy, and Emma from Not Your Backup is aroace. Besides this, there are lots of other side characters who are queer, and in this world it’s the most normal thing ever, which made me so happy. Every time someone casually mentioned “my wife” or “my dads” my heart soared a little.
And besides the fact that I love how subtle but out there some of the queerness is, I also love how the representation of the queerness of the main characters is handled. I can’t speak on Bell’s representation, but I absolutely loved the bi rep in Not Your Sidekick, and the aroace rep in Nor Your Backup is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It’s nuanced, and it’s one of the first books I’ve read that acknowledges that sexual and romantic attraction are separate things, and also mentions queerplatonic relationships!
Besides the fact that the world is incredibly queer, there’s many other things to love about it! The world is set in the future and all of the little technological advances are fascinating, I loved reading about the new cities and the unmaintained areas (especially in Not Your Backup, when they were roadtripping through huge parts of it and came across old abandoned towns) and I especially love the idea of the (this might be a spoiler, oops) illegal underground farming.
I adore making playlists and I spend a lot of time doing it. I make playlists for certain moods, certain books, certain types of weather, etc. So naturally, I was incredibly excited about being able to make a playlist based on Not Your Backup, but I ended up having a harder time with it than I initially expected.
I really hope that you will all like the songs that I ended up choosing, that you might discover some new music, that the playlist might make your reading experience better, or that it might inspire you to pick up the book. Either way, I hope you enjoy it!
I ended up going with songs that would go well under a superhero fight scene, songs about feeling lost, but also songs about finding a place where you belong. Because that’s what the sidekick squad stands for in my eyes, a home.
You can listen to the playlist on Spotify.
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About the author
CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), Ben 10 (Boom!) and All Out (Harper Teen). CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship. When not nationally touring as an educator, writer and activist, CB lives in Los Angeles, where she can neither confirm nor deny being a superhero. You can learn more about her and her adventures as a bisexual disaster at http://cb-lee.com.
Blog tour schedule: please check out the rest of the amazing posts in this blog tour!
28th May Shari @ Colour Me Read (NYS Review + Illustration)
29th May Fadwa @ Word Wonders (NYB Review + Aesthetic)
30th May Ceillie @ Let’s Fox About It (NYB Review + Character Interview)
31st May Avery @ The Book Deviant (NYB Review)
1st June [NYB RELEASE DAY] Rita @ Bookish Rita (NYB Review + Quiz/Aesthetic)
2nd June Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks (NYB Review + Creative Post)
3rd June Lili @ Utopia State of Mind (NYB Review + Handlettering)
4th June Nicky @ Small Queer, Big Opinions (Trilogy Review)
5th June Kait @ Kaitlyn Gosiaco (NYB Review + Author Interview/Aesthetic)
6th June Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN AMERICA (NYB Review)
7th June Janani @ The Shrinkette (Trilogy Review)