Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE INVENTOR'S SECRET by Andrea Cremer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"On balance, it's an entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Paranormal-romance queen Cremer (the Nightshade series) tries her hand at writing steampunk with an alternative-history twist. Read full book review >
TALKER 25 by Joshua McCune
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Intense but unsatisfying. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Americans face a terrifying threat. Read full book review >

EXPIRATION DAY by William Campbell Powell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An auspicious debut. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
In this coming-of-age diary, a girl navigates life in a dystopic near-future. Read full book review >
VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER WATCH by David Ramirez
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Intriguing and powerfully disruptive."
Ignorance is bliss, argues Ramirez's debut novel, a dark sci-fi fable set aboard a multigenerational spaceship that holds humanity's only hope for survival. Read full book review >

AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception."
An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace, from the author of Raising Stony Mayhall (2011, etc.). Read full book review >
THORNLOST by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 29, 2014

"Series fans will, presumably, wriggle in and keep reading, though few others will bother. "
Third in the fantasy series (Elsewhens, 2013, etc.) about a magical theater company in a sort-of Elizabethan setting. Read full book review >
XOM-B by Jeremy Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 29, 2014

"The author of Secondworld (2012) and Island 731 (2013) offers a fresh twist on the zombie apocalypse."
Earlier in the 28th century, a ruthless Master race killed billions of people it had enslaved, only to see the genocide victims arise as zombies and turn on their tormentors. Now able to overturn their captors, the still-living former slaves are threatened by both flesh-eaters and surviving Masters looking to retake power. Read full book review >
VALOUR AND VANITY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Combining history, magic and adventure, the book balances emotional depth with buoyant storytelling."
Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back. Read full book review >
SCAN by Walter Jury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2014

"Car chases, explosions and action galore—awesome. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Tate Archer stumbles into a secret intergalactic conflict. Read full book review >
A CREATURE OF MOONLIGHT by Rebecca Hahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 6, 2014

"Deliberate at first, Hahn's debut is cumulatively stunning. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A dreamlike, poetic fantasy bildungsroman explores the power of choice and the meaning of home. Read full book review >
AUTHORITY by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Will VanderMeer rally for a grand slam finale? Stay tuned: The last volume is scheduled for September."
After the chills and thrills of Annihilation, published in February 2014, this second volume in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy—a science fiction/horror hybrid—is an altogether quieter affair. Read full book review >