Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >

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 >
THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Fans of The Vorrh will enjoy journeying deeper into the dark heart of its world, but many fantasy fans will still find this book slow and murky."
A magical-realist tale of people, and other sorts of beings, struggling to transform themselves and the world. Read full book review >
SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Rich food for thought; perhaps not entirely digestible."
War and chaos loom in this conclusion to the story begun in Too Like the Lightning (2016), in which a child with godlike powers disrupts a supposedly serene future society built on Enlightenment principles. Read full book review >
THE MOON AND THE OTHER by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"This is a fun diversion for sci-fi fans even if it doesn't quite manage to make any profound statements on gender or political oppression."
A political and family drama set in two very different colonies on the moon—one patriarchal, one matriarchal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >