Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS by Rebecca Hahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Shattering and transcendent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
From the author of the radiant A Creature of Moonlight (2014), a heartbreaking fantasy tackles life's big questions.Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK by David A. goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An accomplished, stirring tribute to a beloved sci-fi series that will captivate fans and newcomers alike."
A faux memoir of Star Trek's iconic Capt. James T. Kirk that draws on nearly half a century of the franchise's history. Read full book review >
BEASTLY BONES by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A witty and weird adventure equal parts Sherlock and Three Stooges. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Normal teen and abnormal detective unearth more paranormal mysteries in this fast-paced sequel to Jackaby (2014).Read full book review >
THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking, passionate, and compassionate—and impeccably written to boot: not to be missed. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Once there was war, until an artificial intelligence named Talis took over the world. Read full book review >

LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed."
A tense psychodrama set on a malfunctioning spaceship. Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. Read full book review >
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
It's not easy being normal when the Chosen One goes to your high school. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Detailed and quiet, beautifully written with a literary rhythm that evokes a sense of oral tale-telling, this unexpected fantasy should not be missed. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A loose retelling of The Arabian Nights frame story from Morris Award- and Kirkus Prize-finalist Johnston takes ideas of power and gender, belief and love, and upends them. Read full book review >
ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Wraps up the story arc with plenty of room to tell many more tales in this universe. Let's hope Leckie does."
In the conclusion to Leckie's multiaward-winning trilogy (Ancillary Justice, 2013; Ancillary Sword, 2014), Fleet Captain Breq Mianaai directly confronts Anaander Mianaai, the interstellar ruler who blew up Justice of Toren, the ship that housed Breq's consciousness.Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
In the wake of an interstellar incident, a post-mortem dossier comprising interview transcripts, memos, instant-messaging transcripts, diary entries, and more is assembled in this mammoth series opener. Read full book review >
WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine."
A fantasy set in a Wild West populated by plenty of vicious monsters—and one unwilling heroine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >