Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
STONE IN THE SKY by Cecil Castellucci
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoroughly original outer-space scenario wrapped around clunky prose. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After years trapped on a space station, seething with fury, a girl gets the chance to broaden her horizons. Read full book review >

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >
SHADOW by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The narrative terminates in what might be dubbed an anti-cliffhanger: It just stops, and what it all adds up to, or where it's going, is anybody's guess.
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Second, and even more bewildering, entry in the Pendulum trilogy (The Pilgrims, 2014).
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EMPIRE by John Connolly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Should particularly appeal to the more youthful section of the audience, devotees of the Kevin Anderson-Brian Herbert epics and suchlike."
Second in a just-about independently intelligible alien-warfare trilogy (Conquest, 2014) from Connolly (the Charlie Parker mysteries, etc.) and wife Ridyard, who offer a helpful short summary in the first couple of pages.Read full book review >

SILVERWOOD by Betsy Streeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Nevertheless, Streeter's world is interesting and has potential; here's hoping the writing will improve as the series continues. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A time-traveling, portal-jumping sci-fi with multiple narrative perspectives. Read full book review >
THE HYSTERY APP by V T Davy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Could use more wonder but otherwise an impressively conceived story with true weight."
A lesbian couple accidentally creates an extremely unique app in Davy's (A Very Civil Wedding, 2014, etc.) darkly satirical sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S BLIGHT by Evie Manieri
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Fans of the first volume should find it absorbing and rewarding enough.
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Second in the Shattered Kingdoms series, following Blood's Pride (2013).
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HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Superior in nearly all respects, just lacking that authentic spark of true originality."
The second, independently intelligible, entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half a King (2014).Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >