Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A young man and woman dream amid violence's aftermath in this intense series opener. Read full book review >
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Set in the same Indian-inflected fantasy world as The Star-Touched Queen (2016), Chokshi's sophomore effort examines fear, desire, and ambition as three protagonists compete in the Tournament of Wishes. Read full book review >

SHADOW RUN by AdriAnne Strickland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 21, 2017

"Readers will want to join Qole's crew. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A hotshot spaceship captain and a corporate space-prince find common enemies and aligning goals. Read full book review >
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure."
In the first of a new series, brutal politics and pitiless physics threaten an interstellar empire built on trade. Read full book review >
AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Had Steele spent as much effort deepening the characters as he does explaining a plasma gun, Captain Future might have a future; as is, this effort flounders in the past."
Captain Future and friends struggle to save the solar system from a separatist plot in a rebooted 1940s pulp science-fiction franchise. Read full book review >

HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A rich, Russian-influenced retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Demitria Lunetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Gothic. (Paranormal suspense. 13 & up)"
Grappling with self-harm, a white teen confronts connections to a dark and distant past, family secrets, and magic. Read full book review >
NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A post-disaster fairy tale that's light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."
The Big Apple persists, despite climactic disasters that have flooded the lower floors of New York City's buildings and turned the metropolis into a so-called "SuperVenice." Read full book review >
THE REMNANT by Charlie Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable conclusion, the trilogy satisfyingly complete yet perfectly set up for future extensions."
Final installment (The Paradox, 2015, etc.) of Fletcher's rich and splendid Victorian gothic fantasy trilogy, and once again independently intelligible. Read full book review >
RENEGADE RED by Lauren Bird Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bloody, action-stuffed rescue mission in the supernatural world of the Fae."
In Book 2 of Horowitz's (Shattered Blue, 2015) YA fantasy series, The Light Trilogy, a teen's battle with brutal metaphysical forces develops her inner skills. Read full book review >
XENOGENEIC by Lance Erlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"An interplanetary tale with effectively slow build that leads to a solid climax."
An expedition to one of Jupiter's moons leads to contact with an alien species that may be plotting a takeover of Earth in Erlick's (Regina Shen: Endurance, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tantalizing, otherworldy adventure with imagination that burns like fire."
The third installment of this fantasy series (The Bone Season, 2013; The Mime Order, 2015) expands the reaches of the fight against Scion far beyond London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >