For teens who want the female protagonist to kick ass more than kiss.



Building on the commercially successful manga series created by Hajime Isayama (later adapted into an anime series), this novel offers all-new characters.

Humans have been living behind a walled fortress since grotesque giants, called titans, began attacking villages and making meals out of the human inhabitants. As a member of the nobility, Rosalie Dumarque has never been outside the inner walls that protect those of her status. Because the white 16-year-old only has six more months of freedom before she must marry an older man to boost her family’s wealth, she hopes to make use of her Royal Military Academy training to become a soldier and see the world. In this action-packed story, the unlikely heroine manages to procure the very worst assignment: protecting the walls against titan attacks at the Trost Gate Garrison. From Day 1, Rosalie enters into vividly depicted battles against these beasts. The time in between leaves her opportunities to become closer to squad mates, especially blue-eyed Jax, her commanding sergeant, and to begin questioning her identity as a young woman and what—if anything—she really owes her family. Although the quick, predictable plot builds to a frenetic pace, mysteries surrounding the various titans will keep readers involved up to the conclusion. An open ending leaves room for a series to develop.

For teens who want the female protagonist to kick ass more than kiss. (Fantasy. 13-17)

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68369-061-0

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Quirk Books

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2018

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An inspired and brilliant paean to the old millennium and harbinger of the new, brimming with wit, flair, and insight: Y2K’s...


Turn-of-the-millennium spectacular, from the estimable Sterling (Distraction, 1998, etc.). Impresario Lech “Leggy” Starlitz arrives in the impoverished Turkish half of Cyprus (“Houseplants had eaten all the homes. Feral lemons and oranges supported a miniecosystem of rats and stray dogs”) ready to launch his girl band, G-7, at the Islamic world. The girls, known by their nationalities (the French One, the American One, etc.) can’t play or sing, though Leggy knows it’s not about music but concept. He has only one rule: it ends at Y2K. His new partner is Mehmet Ozbey, a handsome Turk with friends in the secret police and ways to launder money. To Mehmet, Leggy makes one further stipulation: none of the girls must die. Then Leggy discovers he has a daughter by his lesbian ex: 11-year-old Zeta loves G-7 and has telekinetic abilities—so long as there are no recording devices in the vicinity. And soon, despite his wheeling and dealing with Russian gangsters, Leggy’s squeezed out by Mehmet. He decides it’s time to disappear, so he smuggles himself and Zeta into the US in order to contact his father. The latter, having been at ground zero in the first nuclear bomb test, has become delocalized in time: he exists “anywhen” in the 20th century and speaks entirely in palindromes. Thereafter, Leggy turns straight, working in a 7-11, sending Zeta to school—until he learns that Mehmet intends to continue G-7 into the next millennium; worse, he has allowed some of the girls to die. Time for Leggy to intervene.

An inspired and brilliant paean to the old millennium and harbinger of the new, brimming with wit, flair, and insight: Y2K’s Catch-22.

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2000

ISBN: 0-553-10493-4

Page Count: 310

Publisher: Spectra/Bantam

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2000

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paper 0-15-600552-2 The 1996 awards, as voted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Esther M. Friesner (“A Birthday”) carried off the Best Short Story Award for the second year running; Bruce Holland Rogers captured the Best Novella Award with “Lifeboat on a Burning Sea”; and editor Dann’s “Da Vinci Rising,” a spinoff from his alternate-world novel The Memory Cathedral (1995), claimed Best Novelette. Best Novel winner Nicola Griffith (Slow River) is represented by her 1995 novella finalist, “Yaguara.” Finalists Harry Turtledove, Dean Wesley Smith, Paul Levinson, and Jonathan Lethem also appear, as do Rhysling Award (poetry) winners Marge Simon and Bruce Boston. “The Men Return” represents Grand Master winner Jack Vance, while Robert Silverberg and Terry Dowling sing his praises. Bill Warren heroically watched all the year’s movies. Also, nonfictionally, Lucius Shepard gloomily records the death of literary science fiction; Norman Spinrad gets hissy about authors who rent out their creations (“evil stuff”); and Elizabeth Hand growls that fiction itself has become “a barrio of the entertainment industry.” Keith Ferrell tracks sf via the Web; Robert Frazier recites sf poetry; Ian Watson keeps a stiff British upper lip; and cobbers Terry Dowling and Sean McMullan do Australia. Read. Enjoy. Just don’t mention “franchising” if Norman Spinrad’s within earshot.

Pub Date: April 17, 1998

ISBN: 0-15-100306-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1998

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