Book Releases: 2020 Books With Non-Cis Protagonists

I told you about all the YA upcoming books of the first half of the year & today I’m here to tell you about all the 2020 books with non-cis protagonists. As the title implies, this list is compiled of books with main characters who are trans or non-binary, or both, or genderfluid… Everyone who is not cis.

I want to make three things clear:

1) this is a list of all the books I know of at the moment which is not to say it’s a list of all the books in existence;

2) I decided to include love interests as well, since they usually play a pretty major role in the story, but not other side characters;

3) I’m marking as ownvoices (with a 🌈 emoji) books written by authors whose gender identity matches the mc’s – please correct me, if I got something wrong.


Life Minus Me by Sara Codair (nonbinary pan mc) – January 6
The Storm of Life by Amy Rose Capetta (genderfluid mcs) – January 7
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (trans mc) – January 7
Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt (trans parent) – January 9
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (trans mc) – January 14

Gifts of Spring by Shira Glassman (trans mc) – January 14
🌈 Spellhacker by M. K. England (wlw mc, nonbinary li, bi, lesbian & gay sides) – January 21
The Seep by Chana Porter (trans wlw mc) – January 21
🌈 Blood Sport by Tash McAdam (trans mc) – January 28
🌈 City of a Thousand Feelings by Anya Johanna DeNiro (trans women mcs) – February 1

To the Flame by A. E. Ross (mlm mc, nonbinary mc) – February 3
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (trans character) – February 4
🌈 Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans (nonbinary mc, other lgbt characters) – February 4
🌈 Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (f/nonbinary) – February 4
Behind the Sun, Above the Moon ed. by Brooklyn Ray (lgbt authors & stories, focus on nonbinary characters) – February 4

The Weight of Living by M. A. Hinkle (trans mc, f/f) – February 17
Tundras, Travelers & Other Travesties by Amara Lynn (nonbinary mc) – February 22
Finna by Nino Cipri (nonbinary mc) – February 25
The Mail Order Bride by R Kent (trans mc) – March 1
Peacemaker by E. M. Hamill (bi gq mc) – March 2

Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (mlm mcs, nonbinary mc, poc cast) – March 3
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan (trans mc, Japanese cast) – March 10
A Phoenix First Must Burn ed. by Patrice Caldwell (Black gnc mcs) – March 10
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (nonbinary mc, wlw side characters, poc cast) – March 24
🌈 Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi (nonbinary mc) – April 1

🌈 Queens of Noise by Leigh Harlen (nonbinary mc) – April 5
🌈 The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (poc trans mc) – April 7
🌈 Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert (Russian Jewish bigender agnostic mc) tw for assault β€“ April 7
Like the First Moon Landing by Matthew J. Metzger (trans mc, f/f) – April 13
Bloodsister by Alia Hess (nonbinary mc, bi li) – April 17

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski (trans mc, nonbinary side) – April 30
Machine’s Last Testament by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (f/f/nb, lesbian mc) – May 4
All Adults Here by Emma Straub (lesbian mc, trans mc) – May 5
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (poc f/genderfluid) – May 5
🌈 Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Black trans mc) – May 5

The Names We Take by Trace Kerr (bi trans mc) – May 19
🌈 Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar (Syrian American trans mc) – May 19
🌈 Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (trans mc) – May 26
🌈 The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean (trans mc) – May 26
🌈 Wonderland by Juno Dawson (trans mc) – May 28

The Four Profound Weaves by R. B. Lemberg (two trans mcs, nonbinary side characters) – June 11
The Unconquered City by K. A. Doore (f/nb, bi mc, poc cast) – June 16
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (nonbinary mc, gay characters, Chinese inspired characters & setting) – June 23
The Unraveling by Benjamin Rosenbaum (world with genders skew to ours) – July 7
🌈 I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons (trans mc) – August 4

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – August 4
Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner (trans mc, bi mc, lesbian mc) – August 18
🌈 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (m/m, Latino trans mc) – September 1
The Avant–Guards, Vol 3 by Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes (wlw mcs, nonbinary mc) – September 8
Night Shine by Tessa Gratton (genderqueer mc) – September 8

Cypher by Rich Larson (trans mc) – September 8
🌈 Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp (nonbinary & trans characters) – September 15
Ciel by Sophie LaBelle (gnc trans mc) – September 15
🌈 The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat–Poole (nonbinary mc) – October 6
🌈 Into the Real by Z Brewer (genderqueer mc) – October 6

The Name I Call Myself by Hasan Namir & Cathryn John (trans mc) – October 13
🌈 Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass (nonbinary mc, trans side character) – October 20
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (nonbinary mc, bi li, bi, lesbian & nonbinary side characters, side polyamory) – October 20
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (nonbinary mc, side f/f) – December 8
Grey Dawn by Nyri A. Bakkalian (Japanese American trans lesbian mc, f/f) – August 7

My Dad Thinks I’m A Boy?! by Sophie LaBelle (trans mc) – February 21
🌈 Wolf Moon: The House on Bloom Street by Ceeley Mack (trans mc) – February 16
Playing House by Suzanne Clay (m/m/m, trans mc) – March 23
The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke Carter (f/nb) – April 7
Like the First Moon Landing by Matthew J. Metzger (f/f, trans mc) – April 13

We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning (trans mc) – May 12
My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman (nonbinary character) – May 25
Beyond the Dragon’s Gate by Yoon Ha Lee (nonbinary character) – May 20
Power Inversion by Sara Codair (nonbinary mc) – June 22
Gravity is Heartless by Sarah Lahey (nonbinary character, sapphic characters) – June 2

A Burning by Megha Majumdar (trans character) – June 2
The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell (nonbinary li) – June 16
Savage Legion by Matt Wallace (trans characters) – July 21
SFSX, Vol. 1 by Tina Horn (nonbinary mc) CW forced institutionalization, torture, corrective rape – July 28
Honey Hawk by Hava Zuidema (m/nb) – June 21

The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis (wlw, mlm, nb characters) – August 4
Love, IRL by Tracy Goldfarb (Latino trans mc) – August 4
We Go Together by Abigail de Niverville (trans li) – August 10
Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir by Bishakh Som (trans mc) – August 25
The Vela: Salvation by Ashley Poston, Sangu Mandanna, Maura Milan & Nicole Givens Kurtz (trans lesbian mc, nonbinary mc) – August 25

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova (nonbinary character) – September 1
Be Gay, Do Comics ed. by Mat Bors (lgbt characters) – September 1
Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern (trans mc, lgb side characters) – September 1
Cardinal Divide by Nina Newington (trans mc) – September 1
Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston (f/nb, nb/nb) – September 8

A Country for Dying by Abdellah TaΓ―a, trans. by Emma Ramadan (trans mc, gay mc) – September 15
The Holiday Detour by Jane Kolven (f/nb) – September 1
Hey Jude by Star Spider (pan mc, trans li) – September 22
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore (pan mc, trans li) – September 22
The Love Study by Kris Ripper (m/nb) – September 29

Burning Roses by S. L. Huang (Chinese wlw trans mc) – September 29
Under the Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos (genderfluid mc) – September 29
Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire (nonbinary mc) – September 29
Glitter + Ashes ed. by Dave Ring (lgbt cast) – September
Cat’s Got Your Heart by Jem Zero (m/m, trans mc) – October 5

Chase: The Boy Who Hid by Z. Jeffries (bi mc, nonbinary li) – October 15
Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky (trans mc, gay side character) – November 10
Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher (trans mc) – September 3
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (trans character) – November 10
Master of One by Danielle Bennett & Jaida Jones (trans character) – November 10


And as an extra treat, here’s a tiny preview of 2021 books with non-cis main characters:


Tell me which of those titles are you most excited about!

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17 Replies to “Book Releases: 2020 Books With Non-Cis Protagonists”

  1. Amazing selection! So many of these are on my TBR – The Storm of Life; Dark and Deepest Red; The Empress of Salt and Fortune; Spellhacker; Cemetery Boys; Upright Women Wanted; A Phoenix First Must Burn – and I’ll definitely be checking some more of these out. I still need to give Yoon Ha Lee’s work a try!

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