Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not for the squeamish, Das' debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence."
The line between what it is to be human and what it is to be a monster is frequently blurred in Das' compelling debut novel. Read full book review >

THE BIG BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Ann VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A necessity for those wishing to broaden their understanding of science fiction as a genre...or just those looking for some darn good stories."
A comprehensive, chronological journey through a century of seminal science fiction, compiled by the editorial team of the VanderMeers (Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >
Gravity Breaker by Jonathan R. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2016

"An engaging superhero story with deep themes."
When a biracial single father discovers he can control gravity, he must decide how far he'll go to protect his family in this novel. Read full book review >

TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE by Anthony O’Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Reveling in the low gravity, a yarn that bounds along in fine style, spraying gore and body parts."
An incorruptible cop tackles a series of mysterious assassinations in a virtually lawless moon colony; in a not unrelated development, a homicidal android searches for Oz, leaving no survivors in his wake. Read full book review >
TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >
STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >
LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Not the finest entry in the sequence, being slow to gather momentum and somewhat patchy, but overall a satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series."
Ninth, and last, of the Temeraire historical fantasy series (Blood of Tyrants, 2013, etc.), reimagining the Napoleonic Wars in a world where humans coexist with intelligent dragons. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexplained Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >