Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >

EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An inventive, character-driven twist breathes new life into tired fantasy trends. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Amid a war and rising civil unrest, a young thief discovers the shocking power within her that sparks a revolution. Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A slam-bang conclusion to an outstanding trilogy."
Final part of the Powder Mage trilogy (The Crimson Campaign, 2014, etc.) about—well, mix the American Revolution with the Civil War, stir in gods, magic, power politics and what-all, and you'll get the flavor.Read full book review >

AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >
CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gripping stuff."
Two sisters try to survive in the ruins of New York City not quite two decades after a world war destroyed civilization. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
BURNING NATION by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
In the second installment of the Divided We Fall trilogy, PFC Daniel Wright continues fighting for the Republic of Idaho against the federal government in what is becoming a second civil war. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CRACKSMEN by Dennis O'Flaherty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"As Liam remarks: 'That ought to ginger them up.' He could be referring to readers of this rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane opener."
A New York safecracker forcibly turned secret agent takes on his corrupt bosses in this broad and brawling debut. Read full book review >
PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Those able to overlook the incomplete worldbuilding will find the compelling, fully fleshed romance and gems of truth scattered throughout the story satisfying and worth the effort. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Exiled warrior-princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty's daughter, attempts to save her brother and reclaim her throne. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >