Books with characters who are disabled, chronically ill, etc

What it says in the title. Series are grouped together and arranged in the list alphabetically by the title of the first book. Note that some disabilities/illnesses may be minor spoilers for the books.

This list is a work in progress and there are almost certainly books missing from it. If you wrote or read a book I've reviewed that you think should be on this list but isn't, please let me know. (Either in the comments of on Twitter: @Tsana_D)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie ‡ (secondary character with mental illness and dealing with addiction)
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie ‡ (secondary character with mental illness and dealing with addiction)
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie § (secondary character with mental illness and dealing with addiction)

Assured Destruction by Michael F Stewart ‡ (secondary character with MS in a wheelchair)
Script Kiddie by Michael F Stewart(secondary character with MS in a wheelchair)
With Zombies by Michael F Stewart ‡ (main character with acute stress disorder, secondary character with MS in a wheelchair)

Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington § (deals with mental illness particularly of secondary characters)

Dangerous by Shannon Hale § (main character with upper limb deficiency)

Debris by Jo Anderton (secondary character with fantasy a condition similar to Down's syndrome)
Suited by Jo Anderton (secondary character with fantasy a condition similar to Down's syndrome)

Eon by Alison Goodman (main character has a limp)

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near * (main character has a mental illness)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  * (teens with cancer)

Feed by Mira Grant (main character with light sensitivity)
Deadline by Mira Grant (main character with light sensitivity)  
Blackout by Mira Grant (main character with light sensitivity)  

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig § (key secondary character missing an arm, several minor characters with various, mostly physical, disabilities)

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne ‡ (mental illness)

Kaleidoscope edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios ‡ (short stories, several with various

Lock In by John Scalzi ‡ (main character, and others, with a fictional form of locked-in syndrome)  

Metastasis edited by Rhonda Parrish ‡ (anthology focussing on cancer)

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (autistic main character)

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis ‡ (one main character missing a foot, another main character and some secondary characters missing tongues and unable to speak)

Pawn by Aimée Carter * (main character is dyslexic)
Captive by Aimée Carter § (main character is dyslexic)

Planetfall by Emma Newman (main character is a hoarder)

Playing Tyler by TL Costa * (main character has ADHD)

Rayessa and the Space Pirates by Donna Maree Hanson (secondary character with brain damage)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness § (main character has OCD and anxiety, secondary character recovering from anorexia)

Shift by Em Bailey (mental illness)

Soundless by Richelle Mead (whole community is deaf but book is not good disability representation. See review for details)

Sugar Scars by Travis Norwood (diabetes)

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes * (main character is autistic)

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (a main character with chronic injuries/pain)
Black Sun Light My Way by Jo Spurrier * (a main character with chronic pain) 
North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier ‡ (a main character loses an arm and has temporary brain damage) 

Zac & Mia by A J Betts ‡ (main characters are teens with cancer)

2 comments:

  1. My long short story Feedback has a female lead who lost her legs in a previous war, and 'now' works as a cybercop. If you'd like a copy, let me know.

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    1. I should add short stories to the list... but I think that's a challenge I'll leave for later. Thanks for the heads up though!

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