Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

RAILHEAD by Philip Reeve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2016

"As he did with the Mortal Engines series, Reeve has crafted something at once weirdly familiar and marvelously original. Thank the stars there's at least one sequel planned already. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Starlight Express meets Trainspotting—as run through Reeve's fertile imagination. Read full book review >
Parched by Andrew Branham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale of survival and family."
Branham (Anything for Amelia, 2015) describes a family's struggles in a world running out of water in this dystopian novel.Read full book review >

A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >
HALF LOST by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"An immensely satisfying finale of dazzling magic, hard-earned romance, and the tragic realities of war. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fueled by a thirst for vengeance and the powers passed on by his infamous father, Nathan fights to end a war without losing himself in this series conclusion. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >

In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 22, 2016

"Rule delivers a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A young woman has been kept hidden for most of her life, but a rare excursion leads to a confrontation with the authorities that are her biggest fear—until she becomes theirs. Read full book review >
TRANSGALACTIC by James Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Transcendental was a very tough act to follow, and, not altogether unexpectedly, Gunn falters."
Sequel to what was possibly Gunn's best ever, Transcendental (2013)—and second of a projected trilogy.Read full book review >
WORLD'S END by Will Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Fans of the previous volumes won't be disappointed; more skeptical readers can appreciate and admire Elliott's inspired resourcefulness while believing nary a word."
Following Shadow (2015), the final entry in the innovative but opaque Pendulum trilogy. Read full book review >
Emergence by Tyler Brand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A work of surprising depth even as it delivers the powerful chills and thrills readers expect from a battle with formidable creatures."
Brand provides a dark tale about a war veteran in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Reawakening by Alexander DaShaun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"The ultimate crossroads for fans of werewolves and medieval sorcery."
In this debut fantasy, a shape-shifting sorcerer attempts to develop the skills necessary to thwart an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
THE WINGED HISTORIES by Sofia Samatar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A lyrical immersion into a finely wrought world."
A ruling House faces an internal rebellion that affects the lives of four women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >