Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE GALAXY GAME by Karen Lord
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Lord is at her best describing vividly alien bioformed landscapes and exploring subtle differences among uneasily allied cultures. But this novel, with its tentacled narrative structure and many references to previous events, is not the best entry to her world."
World Fantasy Award finalist Lord (The Best of All Possible Worlds, 2013, etc.) offers a complex coming-of-age story about negotiating competing loyalties. 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 >

GIDEON by Alex Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This novel will thoroughly satisfy readers looking for suspense, horror and a grisly good time."
A seductive work of paranormal horror that will draw readers into its cold and gloomy world. Read full book review >
THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"This is novel as study guide: Mary Renault meets undergraduate Philosophy 101."
What happens when the goddess Athene tries to establish Plato's Republic on Atlantis, populated with a few hundred philosophers plucked from 2,500 years of history, more than 10,000 manumitted slave children and a handful of robot workers? Read full book review >
THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"The cringe-worthy romantic setup chafes, but on the plus side, this soft science fiction offers intense, nongratuitous bloodshed, corporate conspiracy and intriguing explorations of culpability. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
It's not exactly a meet-cute. Read full book review >

The Legend of Queen Agatha by Sam Cunningham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Astute lessons in government enliven this less than compelling tale of a wise, disciplined queen known for her beneficence."
An aristocrat's daughter becomes queen in this insightful if somewhat bland fantasy from debut author Cunningham. Read full book review >
SHRUGG, 1 MILE by G. A. Schindler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"Rough prose undermines this sci-fi tale and its inimitable villain."
Schindler's debut sci-fi novella explores what might happen if the aliens are already here, watching us. Read full book review >
THE CAPABLE CHILD by K. M.  Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A fairy tale wrap-up to a small-town series."
In the concluding volume of Edwards' (The Changeable Child, 2013) trilogy, a newly divorced mom returns to Berger, Missouri, handling fortune, revelations, and romance. Read full book review >
PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Those able to overlook the incomplete worldbuilding will find the compelling, fully fleshed romance and gems of truth scattered throughout the story satisfying and worth the effort. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Exiled warrior-princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty's daughter, attempts to save her brother and reclaim her throne. Read full book review >
NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE by Amy K. Nichols
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A science-minded girl falls for a graffiti artist—the catch, though, is that he's from a parallel universe. Read full book review >
ZODIAC by Romina Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers may forgive quibbles both major and minor for a story that touches on such complicated themes of identity, love, sex, class and politics. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A sci-fi refreshing for both its nondystopian plot and fallible heroine. Read full book review >
THE PARDONER'S TALE by Morgan Ferdinand
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"This supernatural thriller's humor and well-developed relationships will keep the pages turning."
Ferdinand's sharp debut novel features a shape-shifting private eye who's hellbent on slaying demonic beasts. 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 >