Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Divided We Fall by Adam Bender
Released: May 9, 2014

"A novel about a scheming president offers an excellent read for those who love thrillers or 21st-century history."
In this dystopian sequel, the Underground races to expose a secret surveillance program before the Enemy's final blow. Read full book review >
In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >

Star Racers by Martin Felando
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"A fun and fast-paced space opera."
A young racer enters a competition to save his planet in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >
American Solace by Jonathan Cook
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"While serving large helpings of unfamiliar vocabulary, this post-apocalyptic novel still delivers a solid coming-of-age adventure."
In the far future, a young descendant of Native Americans embarks on a vision quest to discover his totem. Read full book review >

The Green Knight by Chris Dietzel
Released: June 7, 2016

"Stirring sci-fi action that should appeal to fans who applaud the introduction 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.'"
A space princess tries to halt a terrible war—seemingly prompted by her father—while facing an appointment with execution at the hands of the mysterious Green Knight. Read full book review >
Casimir Bridge by Darren Beyer
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"Nefarious bigwigs, collusion, and galactic jumps against a cosmic backdrop; readers should definitely want to come back for more."
Interstellar travel is possible in the early 22nd century thanks to a much-desired element that one company controls and others will go to great lengths to take in this debut sci-fi adventure. Read full book review >
Reawakening by Alexander DaShaun
Released: March 16, 2016

"The ultimate crossroads for fans of werewolves and medieval sorcery."
In this debut fantasy, a shape-shifting sorcerer attempts to develop the skills necessary to thwart an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
Haven by J.D.G. Perldeiner

"Creative anachronisms abound in this exciting tale of a post-apocalyptic future."
A future, medievalesque society in the remains of New England faces a new barbarism in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A steampunk-flavored adventure with amiable characters and a fantastical version of San Francisco that has imaginative promise but fails to engage with the Asian cultures it appears to take inspiration from."
In a novel that imagines a very alternate history, Cato (The Clockwork Crown, 2015, etc.) channels her flair for steampunk fantasy into the story of a plucky heroine living in San Francisco in 1906. Read full book review >
EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre but skippable for everyone else."
A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good. Read full book review >
#hashtagged by Kimberly Hix Trant
Released: March 11, 2015

"Lively sci-fi from an exciting new voice."
In Trant's debut thriller, social media enables an artificial intelligence to gain consciousness, leading to a frightening future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >