Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE OBELISK GATE  by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Stunning, again."
In the second of a trilogy (The Fifth Season, 2015) by the science-fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, the latest in a series of apocalypses marches on. Read full book review >
NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT by Michael Swanwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"Tales that, through their extraordinary clarity of thought and expression, showcase precisely why this multiaward-winning author is held in such high regard."
Another collection of speculative fiction from Swanwick (Chasing the Phoenix, 2015, etc.), one of a handful of writers whose short pieces are as impressive as their novels. Read full book review >

SPELLBREAKER by Blake Charlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Vivid, intelligent, and painful in an authentically laudable way."
"Where's the apocalypse?" wonder the characters and the reader as this epic fantasy trilogy reaches its long-awaited conclusion. Read full book review >
THE GRACES by Laure Eve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Powerful. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl becomes obsessed with a family of reputed witches in this British author's North American debut. Read full book review >
THE READER by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This cleverly layered fantasy leaves more questions than it answers, but fortunately, it's only the first of what promises to be an enchanting series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In her debut for teens, Chee takes readers on a heart-racing adventure. Read full book review >

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series horrifically upends the bonds of sisterhood. Read full book review >
THE SWAN RIDERS by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Brilliant and compelling: don't miss this. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A girl, remade, might just remake the world. Read full book review >
DEATH'S END  by Cixin Liu
Kirkus Star
by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece."
What if alien civilizations do exist? In this final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy (The Dark Forest, 2015, etc.), Liu teases out the grim, unsettling implications. Read full book review >
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed."
Hamilton's latest (a relatively slender 704 pages) brings to a furious boil the two-book saga (The Abyss Beyond Dreams, 2014) describing human colony planet Bienvenido's unremitting battle against the hostile alien Fallers. Read full book review >
THE INQUISITOR'S TALE by Adam Gidwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story set in medieval France. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE by Donna Hosie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)"
The Devil's Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince. Read full book review >
GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >