Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

CRASHLAND by Sean Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Despite confusing pacing, the implications and moral questions raised by the technology give the story weight. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The fallout from Twinmaker (2013) and Clair's role in the hugely disruptive shutdown of teleportation technology put her in even more danger than before.Read full book review >
GENESIS CODE by Jamie Metzl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the 'truth' are all inseparably bound together."
An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller addresses up-to-the-minute political currents as seen from a short time in the future. Read full book review >

THE LAST MILE by Blair Richmond
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The trilogy that introduced vegan vampires (don't call them "sapsuckers"), passionately environmentalist thespians and the southern Oregon town they call home (well, actually they call it Lithia) comes to an end here, and not a moment too soon. Read full book review >
THE BURDEN OF MEMORY by Welcome Cole
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"A weird, wonderful installment of a fantasy saga that's inching toward greatness."
This sequel to Cole's (Henry's Re-entry, 2014, etc.) epic fantasy The Pleasure of Memory (2013) sees disparate members of an ancient order preparing for battle against a villainous fire mage. Read full book review >
CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. Read full book review >

PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it's trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun."
Armand, Seth, Akasha and, of course, Lestat de Lioncourt are back with a vengeance—and, natch, they're looking to put the bite on someone. Read full book review >
BLACK DOG by Caitlin Kittredge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fast-paced read perfect for lovers of dark fantasy that ultimately raises more questions than it answers."
The first book in a new series by Kittredge (Dark Days, 2013, etc.) is the tale of Ava, a girl-turned-hellhound who is convinced to rebel against her abusive master by a necromancer who has an agenda of his own.Read full book review >
ATLANTIA by Ally Condie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As cool as a submerged city and teen siren are, too many physical details are missing and too many emotional details forced. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The author of the Matched Trilogy dives deep for her next story. Read full book review >
WATERFALL by Lauren Kate
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"While some of the previous book's fans will appreciate knowing what happens next, many will wish they'd left it up to their own imaginations. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Eureka Boudreaux's tears have unleashed a flood of biblical proportions, threatening to drown the whole of the Waking World and paving the way for the rise of Atlantis and its evil ruler, Atlas (Teardrop, 2013). Read full book review >
THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"This is quintessential Gibson: gonzo yet cool, sharp-edged, sophisticated—but ultimately, vaguely unsatisfying."
While placed firmly in the sci-fi genre of his earlier works, Gibson's latest retains the social commentary from his more recent novels (Zero History, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
REBORN TO BITE by Mark Gronwald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 26, 2014

"A satisfying bagatelle of horror-lite dark vampire fantasy."
In Gronwald's first novel, modern-day San Francisco is home to a secret underground culture seething with vampires, werewolves, witches and other supernatural beings. Read full book review >
BETA EARTH by J.R. Napier
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"Disjointed storylines don't diminish Napier's endearing and contagious adoration of the sci-fi genre."
The search for Paradise, which people believe will be the only place to survive the fated collision between two inhabited planets, leads to endless battles in Napier's (Beta Earth: Between Worlds 2.0 Edition, 2014, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. 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 >