Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

AFTER THE RED RAIN by Barry Lyga
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Give these cardboard characters and their ludicrous plot a miss. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14 & up)"
Lyga (Blood of My Blood, 2014, etc.) is joined by actor Facinelli and film producer DeFranco for this post-apocalyptic novel.Read full book review >
WHILE YOU WERE GONE by Amy K. Nichols
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Appropriately enough, lots of fun on multiple levels. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The other half of the parallel-universe story begun in Now That You're Here (2014).Read full book review >

THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing."
Horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION by Ann VanderMeer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction."
The feminist superstars of science fiction, fantasy, and horror dismantle and reassemble gender's many implications and iterations in the newest anthology edited by the VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE NORMA GENE by M.E. Roufa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A novel with a madcap premise and appealing characters that does not quite fulfill its comedic promise."
Roufa's debut novel follows the misadventures of a clone of Abraham Lincoln and a clone of Marilyn Monroe as they attempt to evade government agents and figure out what it means to claim their own identities. Read full book review >

OBLIVION by Kelly Creagh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A romantic, hard-fought conclusion that should please fans. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The conclusion to the gothic paranormal-romance trilogy started in Nevermore (2010).Read full book review >
HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"Abercrombie brings his compact, adroit, and engaging trilogy to a satisfying, if seldom memorable, conclusion."
Final, independently intelligible entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half the World (2015, etc.).Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Leigh Ann Edwards
ROMANCE
Released: July 25, 2015

"There's not a dull moment for this fantasy's protagonist—no matter whose daughter she is."
A young woman must prove her noble lineage in order to break a curse in the second installment of Edwards' (The Farrier's Daughter, 2014) fantasy/romance series. Read full book review >
Ink Calls to Ink by Nathan Crowder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 23, 2015

"An intriguing concept, but uneven execution clouds this literary alternate reality."
Crowder's (Cobalt City Blues, etc.) sci-fi novel reimagines characters from an array of literary sources—from the Greek classics to Charles Dickens—as outcasts in a gritty, present-day London.Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S REACH by D.B. Jackson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 21, 2015

"A thoroughly engrossing and involving entry that no series fan will want to miss."
Fourth in the independently intelligible series (A Plunder of Souls, 2014, etc.) about magic ("conjuring") in the turbulent and increasingly rebellious pre-Revolutionary Boston of 1770.Read full book review >
ALIVE by Scott Sigler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 15, 2015

"Sure to win Sigler younger fans, this is the first book of a new trilogy. Em and her group of teenagers end up in an interesting place, creating plenty of energy for Book 2."
Teenagers break out of coffins in Sigler's (Pandemic, 2014, etc.) latest sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Brilliantly imagined and full of wonder. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
In the second installment of the Mapmakers trilogy, Sophia Tims goes on a journey in search of her parents in a world broken apart by the Great Disruption of 1799. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >