5-Star Book Reviews: Science Fiction

We continue our series of posts featuring some of the best books in the CA Library collection — today’s featured titles are all Science Fiction. Follow the links for each book to learn more from the CA Library catalog!

Alone Out Here by [Riley Redgate]Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate — When the president’s daughter–eighteen-year-old Leigh Chen–ends up on the only ship escaping a dying earth, she and a group of teenagers must grapple with the challenges of what it will take to survive as the last remnants of humanity. “In this gripping near-future Lord of the Flies reimagining, Redgate (Final Draft) skillfully ups the tension, offering an in-depth exploration of grief and trauma while depicting the slow disintegration of morale and societal breakdown within the ship’s tiny community” (Publishers Weekly). Get the Audiobook

The Great Destroyers by Caroline Tung Richmond — Jo Linden lives in a world where there are no atomic weapons, and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is played out in the Pax Games, fought with powerful robotic mecha war machines operated by young pilots. When competing pilots start dying from poisoning, Jo finds herself caught up in Cold War politics and political conspiracy and she discovers that it is not only her family’s survival at stake — she may have to prevent World War III. “A must-have novel about a robot fighting competition that explores America’s historical racial injustices” (School Library Journal).

M Is For Monster by Talia Dutton — A stunning graphic novel inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Bringing her sister back to life, scientist Dr. Frances Ai is faced with a dilemma when the girl who rises from the slab is clearly not Maura and wants nothing to do with Frances’s attempts to turn her into something she’s not. “Dutton pairs her rich storytelling and expressive characters with bold illustrations that evoke the mid-20th century and are executed in a palette of teal, black, and white. Sewn up with a powerful ending, this debut is a deftly paced, satisfying read” (Kirkus Reviews).

Reclaim The Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space, edited by Zoraida Córdova — From stories that take you to the stars, to stories that span into other times and realms, to stories set in the magical now, Reclaim the Stars takes the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. “Intertwining Spanish and English and weaving cultural elements and traditions of Latinx culture throughout, these stories offer a much-needed reflection of representation to the Latinx diaspora community” (Booklist).

Survive The Dome by Kosoko Jackson — High school junior Jamal teams up with a hacker during a police brutality protest to shut down a device that creates an impenetrable Dome around Baltimore that is keeping the residents in and information from going out. “This novel will keep readers on their toes, holding their breath, and hoping Jamal makes it out of the dome alive. A highly recommended, thrilling read” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook


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