Most Recent Science Fiction Reviews

These are the most recent Science Fiction reviews, sorted by date. You might also want to look at the index of all Science Fiction reviews.

Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

(Warning: this review contains both spoilers and theology. Oops.) It is the near future, and it’s a moment of crisis in Washington, D.C. The White House is bombed by terrorists just as the president is rushed to the hospital following a separate assassination attempt; at the same time, a memory scientist’s experiment within the hospital […]

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy doesn’t want to leave behind her boyfriend, her life, and the planet Earth itself. But to be with her parents, she joins them in cryogenic sleep aboard the generation ship Godspeed, which will colonize Centauri-Earth in three hundred years. When she wakes, though, it’s fifty years too early — and the Godspeed has changed. […]

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Amidst all of the horrible classic literature spin-offs out there in both the YA and adult markets, this book stands out as, if nothing else, actually readable. A teenaged Victor Frankenstein sets out to discover the alchemical Elixir of Life in a desperate quest to save the life of his identical twin brother, Konrad, who […]

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Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

In a very-alternate history World War II, a German mad scientist has produced an elite squad of supermen. Rigged with batteries and wires, these young adults have various preternatural abilities: the ability to turn incorporeal, a prescient knowledge of the future, the power of telekinesis, and more. When a British spy uncovers evidence of the […]

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

It’s tempting to write this book (and indeed the entire series) off as a thriller, and there’s certainly the evidence to back it up: high-adrenaline action, shocking twists, gruesome violence, and a disturbingly dark tone. But I can’t help but feel there’s something more going on here. Even though it’s hard to put down and […]

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games turns on a concept that’s so intriguing, it’s easy to forget how disturbing it is — which is quite an accomplishment, all things considered. In a futuristic dystopia, the government has created a means of suppression that’s half “Survivor”, half gladiator games, in which 24 contestants, chosen by lottery from the society’s […]

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Night Train to Rigel by Timothy Zahn

I admit it: I’m not much of a science nerd. So sometimes hard sci-fi is pretty difficult for me to follow, much less enjoy. On the other hand, Night Train to Rigel was just up my alley: fluffy, goofy “science” fiction that features an intergalactic railway as the primary setting for an action-packed — okay, […]

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Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer

In the near future on Earth, a second message has been received from aliens on Sigma Draconis, in a system only 19 light-years away. Dr. Sarah Halifax, who decrypted the aliens’ first message 38 years ago, is asked to work on decoding this second message as well. Only problem is, she’s 87 years old. When […]

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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

In this final volume of the Uglies trilogy, Tally has been transformed into an elite, ultra-powerful Special. She is now one of the class of secret police who run the city behind the scenes, keeping the uglies and pretties in line and clueless. Life is thrilling like it never was before, and she’s satisfied…mostly. But […]

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The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald

Lieutenant Jodenny Scott’s last space voyage ended in disaster, when her ship was destroyed by a terrorist bombing. After an interminable recovery on the planet Kookabura, she finally manages to get a place on a new ship, the Aral Sea. Jodenny soon finds herself with more than she can handle: not only is she running […]

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