Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
The Gates of the Frontier Universe  by Christopher Villanueva
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2015

"A taxing read that makes good on early promises of an epic adventure."
An epic sci-fi novel centered on an intergalactic dispute from debut author Villanueva. Read full book review >

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 >
THE DOOMSDAY EQUATION by Matt Richtel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A solid if unremarkable technological thriller noteworthy for its strangely unlikable—and compellingly strange—protagonist."
It's the end of the world as he knows it, and he feels smug. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >