Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE CAGE by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"A riff on a Twilight Zone plot unfolds into a richly drawn alien dystopian replete with romance and horror. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Six teenagers face a life of captivity in an alien-designed human zoo. Read full book review >
THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >

SHADOW OF THE WOLF by Tim Hall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"Imaginative depth and exquisite craft in service to a bleak and brutal muse. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This grimdark reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, first in a projected trilogy, takes little from its source but the names and setting. Read full book review >
TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"In sum, more of the same, at even greater length."
Second installment of an overstuffed fantasy series following The Unremembered (2015).Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >

Exophobic: Making Waves by D. Kenton Mellott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2015

"Leisurely paced but intelligent and profound, even at its goofiest."
An agency monitoring illegal manipulation of electromagnetic waves may have uncovered an attempt to control humanity in Mellott's (Exophobe, 2012, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. Read full book review >
TERRA'S WORLD by Mitch Benn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2015

"This novel is best for fans of Benn's first book. Though comprehensible on its own, it offers little new ground as a stand-alone science-fiction story."
The sequel to Terra (2013) confronts apocalypse with a breezy, British air.Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE EARTH by Anna Schumacher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sequel that fulfills its predecessor's promises. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The buildup to and final culmination of prophecies from End Times (2014).Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
STORM AND STEEL by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A strong second entry and still a series to follow."
In the second part of The Book of the Black Earth, magic causes more problems than it solves for Horace, the foreign shipwright-turned-sorcerer and military adviser to the queen of a beleaguered city-state. Read full book review >
BRIAR QUEEN by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers drawn to faerie lore will enjoy this lush, romantic tale even if the plot does wander in the gothic wilderness a bit too long."
A gothic story of faerie-tale romance, rescue, and revenge. Read full book review >
TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"Not a necessary purchase, but a tasty buffet for Nix fans and a comprehensive sampler for new readers. (Fantasy/horror/science-fiction short stories. 12 & up)"
A collection of short speculative fiction showcases a hugely popular author. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >