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220 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $23.00)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9781771668972

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (May 2024)


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Shael lives in a vast prison camp, a monstrosity developed after centuries of warfare and environmental catastrophe. As a young transfeminine person, they risk abject violence if their identity and love affair with Coe, an insurrectionary activist, are discovered. But desire and rebellion flare, and soon Shael escapes to Riverwish, a settlement attempting to forge a new way of living that counters the camp’s repression.

As the complexities of this place unfold before Shael, Disobedience asks: How can a community redress harm without reproducing unaccountable forms of violence? How do we heal? What might a compassionate, sustainable model of justice look like?

This is a remarkable work of queer and trans speculative fiction that imagines how alternative forms of connection and power can refuse the violent institutions that engulf us.


“In the tradition of great, socially conscious sci-fi authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Karasik’s debut novel is a daring, emotionally arresting dive into the heart of many questions that haunt society today... Disobedience is a striking addition to queer and trans futurism, to speculative fiction, and to the revolutionary imagination.” —Kai Cheng Thom, author of Falling Back in Love with Being Human

“Breathtaking in scope and thrillingly thoughtful, Disobedience lit up so many parts of my brain at once... A dire warning that is also dramatic, sexy, and bleakly hopeful, this story will stay with me for a very long time.” —Jessica Westhead, author of Avalanche

“Karasik’s meticulously observed, blazingly felt novel Disobedience renders abolitionist and communist futures touchable... This book invites us, full of contradictions and failures as we are, into that transformation, and in so doing, fosters a disciplined, courageous optimism." —Jody Chan, author of impact statement

"Karasik offers us a nuanced exploration of the challenges of interpersonal harm, accountability, and transformative justice in a revolutionary community in struggle. This book is both an entertaining speculative fiction and an aid in thinking through the desires and dynamics of radical movements.” —M. E. O’Brien, co-author Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052–2072

Author Biography

DANIEL SARAH KARASIK (they/them) is the author of many books, including two poetry collections, Plenitude and Hungry, and the short story collection Faithful and Other Stories. Their work has been recognized with the Toronto Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award. They organize with the network Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty (ACMJIS), among other groups, and are the founding managing editor of Midnight Sun, a magazine of socialist strategy, analysis, and culture. They live in Toronto.