Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

KAREN MEMORY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic."
Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.Read full book review >
THE ETERNA FILES by Leanna Renee Hieber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gloomy froth for the teen goth enamored of petticoats and séances."
A corseted heroine and determined detective battle the supernatural and each other to find a formula promising either eternal life or instant death. Read full book review >

TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted."
The third collection of short fiction from a beloved modern mythmaker. 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 >
BURNING NATION by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
In the second installment of the Divided We Fall trilogy, PFC Daniel Wright continues fighting for the Republic of Idaho against the federal government in what is becoming a second civil war. Read full book review >

INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Food for thought, if not entirely digestible."
After an African-American thug murders a white graduate student jogging in Central Park, the two team up to combat an alien menace in Mosley's (Rose Gold, 2014, etc.) latest science-fiction effort.Read full book review >
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism."
Paige Mahoney, the Pale Dreamer of TheBone Season (2013), returns in this second volume of a projected seven-volume fantasy/science-fiction epic.Read full book review >
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Fans should just wait for Winter, coming in fall 2015. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 13 & up)"
Meyer takes a short break between books in the Lunar Chronicles to explore the back story of evil Queen Levana. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
THE PREY by Tom Isbell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"It's an exciting concept, but the execution is for the most part mediocre. (Dystopian adventure. 13 & up)"
Teens uncover their post-apocalyptic, dystopian society's secret program that segregates those deemed inferior to use as game in rich men's hunts. Read full book review >
POLARIS by Mindee Arnett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Slapdash science and little complexity—read for bang-'em-up action. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Jeth and his band of interstellar thieves tackle their most dangerous mission yet. Read full book review >
THE GLOBE by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"It's baffling why this appealingly distinctive offshoot (there are two volumes still to come) of the wildly popular Discworld yarns took so long to cross the Atlantic."
This sequel to the fantasy/nonfiction hybrid The Science of Discworld (2014; U.K. 1999), wherein the bumbling wizards of Discworld's Unseen University accidentally created our universe and the planet Roundworld, aka Earth, first manifested in the U.K. in 2002.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >