Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The middle entry in a fantasy trilogy brings new players to the game while exponentially raising the stakes. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >

SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A slam-bang conclusion to an outstanding trilogy."
Final part of the Powder Mage trilogy (The Crimson Campaign, 2014, etc.) about—well, mix the American Revolution with the Civil War, stir in gods, magic, power politics and what-all, and you'll get the flavor.Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >

THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CRACKSMEN by Dennis O'Flaherty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"As Liam remarks: 'That ought to ginger them up.' He could be referring to readers of this rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane opener."
A New York safecracker forcibly turned secret agent takes on his corrupt bosses in this broad and brawling debut. Read full book review >
A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Erin Claiborne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A smart, funny and emotionally engaging tale perfect for any reader who longs for another train ride to Hogwarts. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Destined to destroy the evil overlord, the chosen one adjusts to a disappointing life after his friend does the job instead. Read full book review >
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed."
Strange and fascinating alien-contact yarn, the first of a trilogy from China's most celebrated science-fiction author. Read full book review >
GRAIL KNIGHT by Angus Donald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A fine escape for lovers of blood and gore from days of yore."
The fifth book in The Outlaw Chronicles (Warlord, 2013, etc.) concludes Robin Hood's quest for the Holy Grail with an unholy trail of blood and a damn good story.Read full book review >
CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. Read full book review >
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
As the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower, not surprisingly, problems arise in this third book of a planned four-volume series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >