Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A lush, hypnotic, swoony re-imagining of the "Arabian Nights" framing story. Read full book review >
BURN by Walter Jury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"A cover-to-cover thrill ride. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Extinction and survival are a zero-sum game in the conclusion to the alien-invasion plot started in Scan (2014).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 >
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 >
SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction."
No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them.Read full book review >

PLEXUS by Troy T. Wilcoxson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A novel of full-throttle sci-fi violence for lovers of the 1980s action-film heyday."
In this debut novel, an android terrorist destroys Washington, D.C., in an attempt to take over the world. Read full book review >
THE VALKYRIE by Deborah L. Davitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"Though some may find themselves lost in the vast sea of gods, rituals, violence, and beliefs, readers excited by a tour of this highly imaginative world will thoroughly enjoy the ride."
From debut author Davitt comes an epic novel based on a surviving Roman Empire. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
" The Tala Chronicles"  by Toni House
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A satisfactory first offering in a new supernatural series."
A malicious spirit haunts his old hunting grounds in House's (Save Your Money, Save Your Family, 2011, etc.) paranormal tale. Read full book review >
SAVE THE LAST BULL E.T. FOR GOD by Oktay Alkan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A patchy but entertaining and emotionally resonant collection of fantasias."
This haphazard but imaginative sci-fi kaleidoscope of a novel features ancient Sumerian gods, aliens from outer space, the Mongols, the Nazis, the Holy Quran, and a well-known psychologist. 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 >
COLLAPSED WORLD by John Nobit
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"An apocalypse for deep thinkers."
This post-apocalyptic debut chronicles the life of John Robertson as he and his allies try to prevent the Dark Ages' return. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >