Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
MORTE by Robert Repino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A wild riff on interspecies warfare sure to make pet owners think twice the next time their tabby cats dart by."
A war novel/religious allegory about cats, dogs and giant ants driven by a hive mind. Yes, really. Read full book review >
GODHEAD by Greg McLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A novel combination of worlds and characters in an ambitious, cutting story that's occasionally overcomplicated."
From author McLeod (The King of Dreams, 2014), an epic fantasy novel spanning Earth and mythical lands. Read full book review >

THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"In the end, Black's latest seems to mirror Hazel's fears about herself—'as normal and average as any child ever born'—but like Hazel, it's not without charm.(Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Black returns to her faerie roots with a fantasy set in our very recognizable modern world. Read full book review >
UNMADE by Amy Rose Capetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fast and intense, both in action and emotions—readers who liked Entangled will love its sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Following Entangled (2013), rock star-turned-would-be savior Cade makes a stand to save humanity from the Unmakers.Read full book review >
ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A visually rich but tortuous conclusion meant for hard-core fans of the goth-chic series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Alyssa Gardner prepares to wage war on mad Queen Red, rescue her two loves and restore weirdness to Wonderland in this third and final book. Read full book review >
UNBREAKABLE by W.C. Bauers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Still, it's a subgenre with a well-established audience, and Bauers makes a solid entrance."
Military science fiction with a kick-butt female lead: Bauers' debut. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING SWARM by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This first book in a planned trilogy requires, but also rewards, patient readers and holds out plenty of promise for its sequels."
A semiautobiographical, semifantastical adventure by a legendary author, set in both real and imagined Londons. Read full book review >
Primordium Book One: Reformation by William E. Mason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that's dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who."
In Mason's debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF STEVEN by Steven T. Stevenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A strangely effective blend: an optimistic book about suicide."
A fast-paced fantasy novel about suicide and what comes after. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >