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Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

RAIL HEAD, by Philip Reeve

March 9, 2018

The story: Zen is a punk thief on a second-rate planet when Raven chooses him to rob the Emperor and propel himself into immortality–and also onto the radar of every law enforcement officer in their part of the galaxy. All he needs is a little luck, a little help from a lovely android who wants […]


January 4, 2018

The story: Lee Jaewon spends his life one step ahead of the gangs who want to own him, the government that wants to make him their man, and the bill collectors who won’t stop at a little torture. He has little to lose–but he finds that perhaps, there’s something worth gaining. When he secures an […]

RENEGADES, by Marissa Meyer

December 7, 2017

The story: The superheroes known as the Renegades failed to protect her family, and now Nova is the only one left. Raised by super-villain Ace Anarchy, she continues his plan to put an end to the Renegade rule and destroy their rule. But to do it–she must become a Renegade herself, tapping into the Prodigy […]

INVICTUS, by Ryan Graudin

December 7, 2017

The story: Born on a time machine, Farway McCarthy has been “out of time” his whole life. And now it appears that the event caused a tear in the fabric of space/time, and a monstrous phenomenon called The Fade is devouring entire alternate universes–anything ever touched by Farway and his seemingly endless supply of alternative […]

WARCROSS, by Marie Lu

December 7, 2017

The story: When hacker Emika Chen is busted breaking into the world championships of the virtual reality game Warcross, instead of going to jail, she’s invited to go to work for the company. She finds herself on one of the teams vying for the championship, but her real mission: figure out who’s trying to sabotage […]

THE GAUNTLET, by Karuna Riazi

October 17, 2017

The story: On her 12th birthday, an intriguing game gives itself to Farah” The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Before she knows it, she and her friends Alex and Essie are pulled into the game–literally–in search of her younger brother, Ahmad, who’s disappeared. They must overcome the dangerous challenges given by the Architect of the […]

HORIZON, by Scott Westerfeld

May 22, 2017

The story: Five teens crash land in what is supposed to the the Arctic–but find themselves stranded in a tropical jungle filled with predatory animals and plants that are out of this world. Literally. Now they have to use their engineering smarts, as well as their fighting skills, to figure out whether they’ve been transported […]

LAST DAY ON MARS, by Kevin Emerson

April 7, 2017

The story: The sun is going supernova, and Earth has already been obliterated. Mars is next in line, which is why all humans are boarding starcruisers and setting off for Aaru, 150 years away. Liam’s family is among the last to leave Mars, so he’s there to make the startling discovery that the sun’s expansion […]


March 13, 2017

The story: The Cherry Dogs have been invited to a world-class VR tournament, and at the same time, Marisa realizes she can use the chance to find and bring down Grendel. But that’s before she meets virtual terrorist/freedom fighter Alain, who’s plotting to overthrow Sigan, the evil mega-corporation that also happens to be driving Mari’s […]


February 14, 2017

The story: Hatter Madigan always figured he’d grow up, graduate, and become a spy in Wonderland–it’s what he’s always wanted. But things aren’t what he expected when he starts at the academy: he’s living in his brother’s shadow; his friends are great, except when they’re not; weirdest of all, he keeps seeing things (and people) […]