Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE MIRROR TEST by J. Kael Weston
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 24, 2016

"Vivid pages soaked with blood, reverberating with cries of pain, loss, and regret."
A former U.S. State Department official who spent seven consecutive war years in Iraq and Afghanistan debuts with a damning memoir about our lies, failures, and horrors in the region. Read full book review >
A STORM TOO SOON by Michael J. Tougias
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A sure-fire hit with young readers who are always ready for a good disaster tale. (epilogue, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In an adaptation for young readers of his A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue (2013), Tougias tells the story of the Sean Seymour II, a 44-foot sailboat swamped in a Gulf Stream storm in 2007. Read full book review >

SECONDHAND TIME by Svetlana Alexievich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 24, 2016

"Profoundly significant literature as history."
A lively, deeply moving cacophony of Russian voices for whom the Soviet era was as essential as their nature. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR MARY MAGDALENE by Michael Haag
RELIGION
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thought-provoking re-examination of a misunderstood heroine of the Bible."
Shining the spotlight on Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >
GO, OTTO, GO! by David Milgrim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Welcome back, Otto. Glad you're here to stay. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Almost a decade and a half after crash-landing on Earth in See Otto (2002), Milgrim's lovable robot is back and thinking about returning home.Read full book review >

THE NEXT PANDEMIC by Ali S. Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"The details are sometimes disturbing, but Khan writes with verve, clarity, and a touch of humor."
Autobiography of a self-described disease detective whose adventures in public health dramatize the need to modify our approach to emerging infections and possible pandemics. Read full book review >
THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO by Matthew Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Well-written, exciting, and fast-paced fiction by a diplomat with deep knowledge of the Balkans."
A suspenseful Balkans thriller by the author of The American Mission (2014).Read full book review >
ALL FIXED UP by Linda Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sure to please series regulars and fans of urban fantasy/mystery/romance."
An addition to the sexy, fun urban fantasy series (The Big Fix, 2015, etc.) featuring Ciel Halligan, "aura adaptor"—which means that, thanks to a genetic mutation, she can assume the appearance and physical characteristics of another person in a sort of 21st-century version of elvish "glamour."Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 24, 2016

"Refreshingly optimistic; in our diversity lies great strength, Levin writes, a strength that can be tapped once all the rancor is put aside. Highly recommended for readers of whatever political stripe."
A voice of both reason and establishment conservatism offers a prescription for renewed political discourse and bipartisan action. Read full book review >
THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 2016

"A haunting, unforgettable finale. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Cassie, Ringer, Ben (aka Zombie), and company fight the final frontier to save the last vestiges of human life on Earth. Read full book review >
FREE SPEECH by Timothy Garton Ash
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thorough and well-argued contribution to the quest for global free speech norms."
A field guide to the challenges of setting standards for free speech in a "cosmopolis" of diverse cultures. Read full book review >
SMOKE by Dan Vyleta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sequel, anyone?"
A dystopian fantasy novel set sometime in 19th-century England. 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 >