Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

Killing Mickey by Charlie Rehor
Released: May 19, 2016

"A satire with hilarious leaps of imagination and a solid core of societal engagement."
Rehor's debut is a gonzo sci-fi comedy about a near-future world of corporate stranglehold where a programmer trying to escape his past may threaten the future. Read full book review >
MARKED by Jenny Martin
Released: May 17, 2016

"Derivative, fast-paced brain candy. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Fugitive Phee and the rebellion face off against villainous tyrant King Charlie in this duology closer. Read full book review >

THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye
Released: May 17, 2016

"Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A star-crossed pair is magically compelled to duel to the death in this sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut. Read full book review >
DOMINION by John Connolly
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet
Released: May 17, 2016

"A flat-out astonishing debut."
In this sci-fi debut, a team of neuroscientists exposes new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous—and deadly—frontiers. Read full book review >
TIME ZERO by Carolyn Cohagan
Released: May 16, 2016

"Girl power need not be Islamophobic—but this book is. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
In Cohagan's dystopian theocracy of New York City, women and girls wear face-covering veils and modest clothes and are forbidden to read, and the men wear beards and tunics. Read full book review >
Kingdom's End by Charles D. Blanchard
Released: May 16, 2016

"A depressing read, despite an ending that offers some triumph."
In Blanchard's (Mourning Doves After the Fire, 2010) fantasy novel, a large rat colony is ruled by a good king until a rat soldier usurps power and the city hires exterminators. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2016

"The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character."
Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Read full book review >
In G.O.D. We Trust by J.D. Martin
Released: May 6, 2016

"A bracing start to a darkly vibrant saga about a ravaged Earth."
In this post-apocalyptic sci-fi debut, an enslaved race of cyborgs becomes caught between two warring clans of humanity. Read full book review >
ADMIRAL by Sean Danker
Released: May 3, 2016

"A not-very-thrilling thriller dressed up in mediocre sci-fi clothing."
The first in a series of sci-fi military thrillers finds a crew fighting to stay alive amid mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story 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 >