Books by Chris Wooding

VELOCITY by Chris Wooding
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An action-packed, wild ride with unexpected twists and turns and characters readers care about—call it a dystopia with heart. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Centuries after the Omniwar left much of the planet uninhabitable, Maximum Racing, the pre-eminent extreme sport, delivers vicarious thrills on reality TV; winning a race with a homebuilt car earns two teens in a remote, hardscrabble town a chance to race against professionals and star in the world's deadliest competition. Read full book review >
SILVER by Chris Wooding
Released: March 25, 2014

"It's just all kinds of white-knuckle fun. (Horror. 12 & up)"
When strange insects assault a remote boarding school in England, the kids try to save the day in this tense page-turner. Read full book review >
PALE by Chris Wooding
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Struggling or reluctant readers may be perplexed, but the gripping, if violent, teen content will keep them engaged. Guaranteed to generate lively discussion. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
The Lazarus serum allows people with the right blood type to survive death, but in this minimalist dystopia, death may be preferable to the grim future that awaits the resurrected. Read full book review >
PANDEMONIUM by Chris Wooding
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek romp fitted out with snarky dialogue, heroic fantasy tropes aplenty and a notably resilient protagonist. (Graphic novel. 11-13)"
A supposed village lad kidnapped to stand in for the vanished prince he resembles rises to the challenge. More or less. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 2011

"Presumably Wooding's past and present YA fans will wish to step up; otherwise, only for readers who don't have a skeptical bone in their bodies."
Popular British YA author Wooding (Havoc, 2010, etc.) makes his adult debut with this rollicking, picaresque steampunk fantasy. Read full book review >
HAVOC by Chris Wooding
by Chris Wooding, illustrated by Dan Chernett
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A real crowd pleaser, with further episodes possible but not necessary. (Graphic hybrid/fantasy. 11-13)"
This sequel to Malice (2009) draws the rival casts of evil monsters and teenage rebels into climactic battles both in this world and the parallel one behind the pages of a comic. Read full book review >
MALICE by Chris Wooding
by Chris Wooding, illustrated by Dan Chernett
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"One sequel announced, so far. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this hybrid-format horror/fantasy restless teens in search of adventure pass back and forth between their world and Malice—a tenebrous, ruined city stocked with clockwork monsters and other hazards. Read full book review >
STORM THIEF by Chris Wooding
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Although strikingly different from The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (2004) and Poison (2005), this stunning work of speculative fiction will appeal to Wooding's fans and earn him new ones. (Fiction. YA)"
Come visit Orokos, an ancient metropolis in serious decay from previous technological heights. Read full book review >
POISON by Chris Wooding
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Sure to appeal to fans of Holly Black and Charles de Lint, as well as other writers of dark fantasy. (Fiction. 13+)"
In this exciting fantasy by the author of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (2004), the kidnapping of her sister propels a teenaged girl out of her rural village determined to bring the baby back. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"This brilliant effort will appeal to readers of Philip Pullman, Cornelia Funke, and Christopher Pike as well as to older teen fans of fantasy 'new weird' writers like China Miéville. (Fiction. 13+)"
Readers will get finger cramps from rapidly turning the pages of Wooding's gripping tale, an excellent mélange of horror, suspense, and the gothic. Read full book review >