An intricate constellation of characters and crises.

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THE RISING GOLD

From the Beyond the Red Trilogy series , Vol. 3

Eros and Kora find new challenges as they lead their peoples in this tumultuous trilogy closer.

Early chapters throw readers back into the alien world Safara with its large cast and generous use of the Sepharon language. After his coronation, half-Sepharon Eros is Sira, the high king over the Avrae like Sepharon Kora. Eros wants to make life better for humans, starting by eliminating slavery, but can’t provide the total and immediate upheaval that rebel group Remnant demands, bringing them into opposition. And his hands are already full—there are complications from the loss of nanites, solidifying the loyalties of the eight nations, and a disease outbreak. Also heating up is his relationship with Sepharon hottie Deimos; Eros, who identifies as queer, counters his inexperience with men by researching gay sex before increasing their intimacy. Kora too has a romantic storyline with healthy portrayals of sexuality. She’s also improved as a ruler but is torn between the roles of monarch and sister, as her brother faces trial and possible execution. Humans and Sepharons alike come in varying shades of brown to pale. While dramatically improved over previous entries, the inaccessible and forced jargon and alien language and some plot weaknesses detract; however, most storylines are juggled adroitly, and the co-protagonists’ growth will delight fans.

An intricate constellation of characters and crises. (map, character list, glossary) (Science fiction. 15-adult)

Pub Date: Oct. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5107-2238-5

Page Count: 360

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Review Posted Online: July 30, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2018

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Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues...

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

He’s in remission from the osteosarcoma that took one of his legs. She’s fighting the brown fluid in her lungs caused by tumors. Both know that their time is limited.

Sparks fly when Hazel Grace Lancaster spies Augustus “Gus” Waters checking her out across the room in a group-therapy session for teens living with cancer. He’s a gorgeous, confident, intelligent amputee who always loses video games because he tries to save everyone. She’s smart, snarky and 16; she goes to community college and jokingly calls Peter Van Houten, the author of her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, her only friend besides her parents. He asks her over, and they swap novels. He agrees to read the Van Houten and she agrees to read his—based on his favorite bloodbath-filled video game. The two become connected at the hip, and what follows is a smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance. From their trip to Amsterdam to meet the reclusive Van Houten to their hilariously flirty repartee, readers will swoon on nearly every page. Green’s signature style shines: His carefully structured dialogue and razor-sharp characters brim with genuine intellect, humor and desire. He takes on Big Questions that might feel heavy-handed in the words of any other author: What do oblivion and living mean? Then he deftly parries them with humor: “My nostalgia is so extreme that I am capable of missing a swing my butt never actually touched.” Dog-earing of pages will no doubt ensue.

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues to make it through Hazel and Gus’ poignant journey. (Fiction. 15 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-525-47881-2

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2012

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Only marginally intriguing.

REDEMPTION PREP

In a remote part of Utah, in a “temple of excellence,” the best of the best are recruited to nurture their talents.

Redemption Preparatory is a cross between the Vatican and a top-secret research facility: The school is rooted in Christian ideology (but very few students are Christian), Mass is compulsory, cameras capture everything, and “maintenance” workers carry Tasers. When talented poet Emma disappears, three students, distrusting of the school administration, launch their own investigation. Brilliant chemist Neesha believes Emma has run away to avoid taking the heat for the duo’s illegal drug enterprise. Her boyfriend, an athlete called Aiden, naturally wants to find her. Evan, a chess prodigy who relies on patterns and has difficulty processing social signals, believes he knows Emma better than anyone. While the school is an insidious character on its own and the big reveal is slightly psychologically disturbing, Evan’s positioning as a tragic hero with an uncertain fate—which is connected to his stalking of Emma (even before her disappearance)—is far more unsettling. The ’90s setting provides the backdrop for tongue-in-cheek technological references but doesn’t do anything for the plot. Student testimonials and voice-to-text transcripts punctuate the three-way third-person narration that alternates among Neesha, Evan, and Aiden. Emma, Aiden, and Evan are assumed to be white; Neesha is Indian. Students are from all over the world, including Asia and the Middle East.

Only marginally intriguing. (Mystery. 15-18)

Pub Date: April 14, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-266203-3

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Jan. 19, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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