Books by Scott Westerfeld

ZEROES by Scott Westerfeld
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"In this series opener by three acclaimed authors, intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers will surely please adventure fans who don't mind an ensemble developed at the expense of the individual. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
A sextet of mutant superhero teenagers just want to be safe in this weighty tome. Read full book review >
AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Watching Darcy's story play off Darcy's novel will fascinate readers as well as writers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Westerfeld offers two novels in one: the story of Lizzie Scofield, a teenager who escapes a terrorist attack by somehow crossing into the afterlife and develops a relationship with a "smoldering Vedic psychopomp," and the story of 18-year-old Darcy Patel, who has just signed a contract to publish the novel Lizzie anchors. Read full book review >
GOLIATH by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Madcap adventure ends much too quickly. (Steampunk. 12-15)"
The Leviathan trilogy-ender delivers on the promise of the series: thrilling airship battles, world travel, ginormous Tesla coils and a few daring smooches. Read full book review >
BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Keith Thompson's lively black-and-white illustrations suit perfectly. (Steampunk. 12-15)"
In this sequel to Leviathan (2009), Deryn and Alek foment revolution at the onset of the Great War. Read full book review >
LEVIATHAN  by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"The setting begs comparisons to Hayao Miyazaki, Kenneth Oppel and Naomi Novik, but this work will stand—or fly—on its own. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
The fate of many rests in the hands of an Austrian schoolboy and a British airman, both in disguise. Read full book review >
EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"The dénouement is thin and rushed, but the fast action, cool technology (eyescreens, manga faces) and spot-on relevance to contemporary Internet issues provide plenty of adrenaline. (Science fiction. YA)"
A thought-provoking add-on to the Uglies series. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Less startling and revelatory than Peeps; a broader, lateral look at the same world, with suspense, touches of humor and eminently appealing characters. (Fantasy. YA)"
Five new first-person perspectives replace Cal's heated singular voice from Peeps (2005) in this continued thriller about an ancient vampire-spawning parasite and its role in saving civilization. Read full book review >
SPECIALS by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"A splendid, provocative conclusion to a terrific series. (Science fiction. YA)"
Tally's third incarnation is thrillingly unsettling. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHTERS #3: BLUE NOON by Scott Westerfeld
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"A powerful climax smoothly ties together the complexities of this original and well-drawn world. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Midnighter Jessica and her friends can't prevent the world from changing forever in this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy. Read full book review >
PRETTIES by Scott Westerfeld
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Exciting plot with intriguing technology—part three is eagerly awaited. (Science fiction. YA)"
This bracing second entry follows straight from Tally's stunning choice at the end of Uglies (Feb. 2005). Read full book review >
PEEPS by Scott Westerfeld
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Entrancing throughout—but squeamish readers beware. (afterword, bibliography) (Science fiction. YA)"
Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced, captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"Despite a too-sudden conclusion, this powerful page-turner is compelling as it pits heroes against unspeakable evil both human and supernatural. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
This suspenseful sequel to Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour (2004) reveals some secrets of the magical town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Read full book review >
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Some heavy-handedness, but the awesome ending thrills with potential. (Science fiction. YA)"
With a beginning and ending that pack hefty punches, this introduction to a dystopic future promises an exciting series. Read full book review >
SO YESTERDAY by Scott Westerfeld
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While the plot occasionally requires a suspension of disbelief, the dialogue is snappy—and Hunter, whose anxiety underlies his need to be cool, is a charming narrator with an original take on teen life. (Fiction. 12+)"
This clever, quirky romp through New York City tackles the question: "What makes something cool?" Read full book review >
MIDNIGHTERS #1 by Scott Westerfeld
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2004

"A satisfying conclusion to Jessica's mystery leaves open intriguing interpersonal questions and the potential for a possible conspiracy to lead into the next volume. (Fiction. 12+)"
A thrilling series starter brings Jessica to Bixby High, where she gains mysterious powers. Read full book review >
THE RISEN EMPIRE by Scott Westerfeld
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2003

"Not much more than an exposition-heavy introduction to a sequel—though sprightly enough for what it is."
An intergalactic empire struggles under the weight of its resurrected dead, while a story struggles to get moving. Read full book review >
EVOLUTION'S DARLING by Scott Westerfeld
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Recounted in a clean, crisp, vivid, style, with many intriguing ideas: sometimes engrossing and highly effective, sometimes thoroughly nasty—most readers will find the graphic, sadomasochistic sex particularly repugnant—leaving an unpleasant, metallic aftertaste."
From YA and paperback author Westerfield: a meditation on cloning and machine sentience. Read full book review >