The cliffhanger promises readers a return to this intriguing setting for more action.

SEAFIRE

From the Seafire series , Vol. 1

An all-female ship of vengeance-seekers sails against a brutal, tyrannical warlord.

In a future where only shreds remain of the lost technological advancements of the old world, Aric Athair rules through his massive fleet of Bullets, conscripted, drug-dependent soldiers. On the verge of an attempt to escape Aric’s reach, Caledonia and her best friend, Pisces, lose their families to Bullets. Four years later, they’ve rebuilt Caledonia’s mother’s ship and have a new family in their large crew. After nearly losing Pisces on a mission to destroy a drug-farming barge, Pisces turns up with a Bullet in tow; he saved her life, so she wants to spare his in turn. He claims to be a deserter and gives information about a bounty on their ship—and says Caledonia’s and Pisces’ brothers are alive, and he can help rescue them. Caledonia must evade the better-armed fleet that is after her and keep her crew alive while deciding if she should trust him. An obligatory romance is tacked on (and is less compelling than a background, low-key lesbian love story), but the real relationships are the deep bonds between the women of Caledonia’s crew. Along with openly feminist themes, the crew is racially diverse—and in this future world, skin color appears to carry no connotations.

The cliffhanger promises readers a return to this intriguing setting for more action. (Post-apocalyptic. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-451-47880-1

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

Review Posted Online: June 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

What would you do with one day left to live?

In an alternate present, a company named Death-Cast calls Deckers—people who will die within the coming day—to inform them of their impending deaths, though not how they will happen. The End Day call comes for two teenagers living in New York City: Puerto Rican Mateo and bisexual Cuban-American foster kid Rufus. Rufus needs company after a violent act puts cops on his tail and lands his friends in jail; Mateo wants someone to push him past his comfort zone after a lifetime of playing it safe. The two meet through Last Friend, an app that connects lonely Deckers (one of many ways in which Death-Cast influences social media). Mateo and Rufus set out to seize the day together in their final hours, during which their deepening friendship blossoms into something more. Present-tense chapters, short and time-stamped, primarily feature the protagonists’ distinctive first-person narrations. Fleeting third-person chapters give windows into the lives of other characters they encounter, underscoring how even a tiny action can change the course of someone else’s life. It’s another standout from Silvera (History Is All You Left Me, 2017, etc.), who here grapples gracefully with heavy questions about death and the meaning of a life well-lived.

Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises. (Speculative fiction. 13-adult).

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-245779-0

Page Count: 384

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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The personal and the political intertwine in this engaging series opener.

DEFY THE NIGHT

The only effective treatment for the lethal fever that plagues Kandala is a potion derived from the rare Moonflower.

Medicine is allocated to each sector of the kingdom by the decree of King Harristan, but the supply is limited. Thieves, smugglers, and black marketeers are subject to punishment and execution overseen by the cruel Prince Corrick in his role as the King’s Justice. Like many in Kandala, Tessa Cade loathes the king and his younger brother for ignoring the plight of those who cannot afford treatment. With the help of her close friend Weston, the 18-year-old apothecary’s assistant steals Moonflower petals from the wealthy and makes potions to distribute among the poor. Soon after Wes is caught by the night patrol, Tessa is presented with an opportunity to sneak into the palace. She enters with the intention of taking a sample of the palace’s potent Moonflower elixir only to be captured and brought before Prince Corrick, who, Tessa discovers, might not be as heartless as she originally believed. The slow-burn romance—between an idealist with straightforward moral beliefs and a pragmatist trapped by duty—will keep the pages turning, as will the scheming of the king’s consuls and the rebellion brewing in the background. Tessa and Corrick are cued White; other characters’ skin colors range from beige to deep brown.

The personal and the political intertwine in this engaging series opener. (map, cast of characters) (Fantasy. 13-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5476-0466-1

Page Count: 496

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2021

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