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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth
Aliens! Shape-shifters! Deadly diseases! It’s another powerhouse (and perilous) year for sf/fantasy, as these novels, all reviewed between May 15, 2012, and May 1, 2013, in Booklist, illustrate.
The 5th Wave. By Rick Yancey. 2013. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399162411). Gr. 9–12.
This heartfelt, violent survivalist series debut is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion in which the aliens themselves never appear.
The Diviners. By Libba Bray. 2012. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316126113). Gr. 9–12.
In Prohibition-era New York, 17-year-old flapper Evie is under the wing of an uncle who curates the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies. Business is slow until the arrival of what the papers dub the Pentacle Killer.
Every Day. By David Levithan. 2012. Knopf, $16.99 (9780307931887). Gr. 9–12.
A teenager called A wakes up in a different body every day, trying not to interfere with daily routines and to steer clear of romantic attachments. That works until A meets Rhiannon and falls in love. A study in style and an exercise in imagination.
The Future We Left Behind. By Mike Lancaster. 2012. Egmont, $16.99 (9781606844106). Gr. 7–10.
The events of Human.4 (2011) are thousands of years in the past, so distant that Kyle Straker’s account of humanity being “upgraded” by alien forces is considered superstition except by true believers. Now it’s time for a teen named Peter to upload his story into the worldwide shared space of the Link.
The Girl with Borrowed Wings. By Rinsai Rossetti. 2012. Dial, $17.99 (9780803735668). Gr. 7–12.
Frenenqer—a name meaning restraint—was born inside her father’s imagination and sculpted into his vision of the perfect daughter. But when she meets a shape-shifter, the world opens up before her in this stunningly imagined paranormal romance.
Railsea. By China Miéville. Illus. by the author. 2012. Del Rey, $18 (9780345524522). Gr. 9–12.
In this inventive fantasy that draws from Melville’s great American novel, the crew of the diesel train Medes hunt moldywarpes—enormous, man-eating, molelike creatures who burrow in the perilous earth beneath a tangled ocean of train tracks.
Seraphina. By Rachel Hartman. 2012. Random, $17.99 (9780375866562). Gr. 9–12.
After 40 years of peace between human and dragon kingdoms, their much-maligned treaty is on the verge of collapse. Seraphina’s secret—that she’s a human-dragon half-breed—must be protected in this richly drawn high fantasy.
Starry River of the Sky. By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. 2012. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316125956). Gr. 3–6.
This mesmerizing companion to Newbery Honor–winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) interweaves Chinese folklore with the main narrative, as a runaway named Rendi attempts to puzzle out why the moon is missing from the sky.
Quarantine: The Loners. By Lex Thomas. 2012. Egmont, $17.99 (9781606843291). Gr. 10–12.
A gritty, apocalyptic thriller about a sick teen who infects a Colorado high school with a disease so deadly that half the building is blown up by the military and the rest is sealed inside a giant dome.
Quintana of Charyn. By Melina Marchetta. 2013. Candlewick, $18.99 (9780763658359). Gr. 9–12.
The brilliant final volume in the Lumatere Chronicles sees Froi setting out to find and protect pregnant Quintana, his strange and savage love; raise an army against a usurper; and prevent war.
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