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Crosskey (Poster Boy) delivers a compelling look into an ageist culture motivated by concern for environmental sustainability but completely devoid of the true meaning of life. Yet despite the nefarious state of this postapocalyptic world, Crosskey proves that out of the darkest circumstances, kindness and selflessness can still reign. A must for all sf/dystopian fiction collections.
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The Nightworkers

The shifting perspectives, from Shecky’s heartbreaking reminiscences to Kerasha’s painful memories of her mother and therapy sessions, provide the desired emotional depth but may leave readers a bit disoriented. Fans of gritty, dark, mysteries with dysfunctional characters will appreciate this one.
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A Place Called Zamora

Gschwandtner’s (The Other New Girl) novel has an intriguing premise that shows signs of inspiration from Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” books and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series. The story as a whole is chaotic and disjointed, often moving from past to present events without any break in the text. Libraries with well circulating sf/fantasy collections may want this one; otherwise, pass.

Fire in the Blood

Fans of Michael Connelly’s “Harry Bosch” series will appreciate Coop’s brusque, principled personality. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

Throughout this adventurous, witty, and compelling novel, Green delivers sharp social commentary on the power of social media and both the benefits and horrendous consequences that follow when we give too much of ourselves to technology. An essential choice for all sf collections.
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Red Noise

Libraries with well circulating sf collections may want this one; otherwise, pass.
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The Silence

Newcomer Allott does a solid job of establishing a vivid sense of place. The mystery behind Mandy’s disappearance is appealing at first, but the unveiling of the puzzle doesn’t allow the plot to quite reach its potential. A supplemental book for mystery collections. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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