A sprawling, heady, explosive (literally and emotionally) conclusion.


From the Lifelike series , Vol. 3

Immediately following Dev1at3 (Deviate) (2019), all parties have their final showdowns.

The storyline recaps, character list, and story elements guide at the beginning will come in handy for readers jumping back into the fully realized post-apocalyptic future through a wide, revolving cast of point-of-view characters. First up: a flashy sequence where readers left off, with a nuclear missile heading straight for New Bethlehem (and Cricket) with deviates Diesel and Grimm incoming on a suicide mission to stop it. When the smoke clears, those still standing are torn—do they rescue Lemon from BioMaas, or retrieve Eve (and Ana and Gabriel) from Daedalus? Foils Lemon and Eve suffer through mirrored themes of violations of bodily integrity at the hands of the dueling corporations that wish to weaponize them—and Lemon would rather die than be used. With multiple parties threatening different genocides, stakes are high, but there’s still time for themes (mostly around choice and free will) and relationships. While there are multiple romantic storylines and love is a powerful motivating force all around, the story doesn’t limit itself to just romantic love, instead branching out and giving weight to a variety of deep platonic connections. The ending wrap-up, which follows an extended cacophony of battles, is disappointingly tidy by comparison and slightly rushed. Lemon is White, Grimm is coded Black, and Diesel is Asian.

A sprawling, heady, explosive (literally and emotionally) conclusion. (Science fiction. 13-adult)

Pub Date: June 30, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5247-1400-0

Page Count: 480

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2020

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Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre.


A dystopic thriller joins the crowded shelves but doesn't distinguish itself.

Juliette was torn from her home and thrown into an asylum by The Reestablishment, a militaristic regime in control since an environmental catastrophe left society in ruins. Juliette’s journal holds her tortured thoughts in an attempt to repress memories of the horrific act that landed her in a cell. Mysteriously, Juliette’s touch kills. After months of isolation, her captors suddenly give her a cellmate—Adam, a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Adam, it turns out, is immune to her deadly touch. Unfortunately, he’s a soldier under orders from Warner, a power-hungry 19-year-old. But Adam belongs to a resistance movement; he helps Juliette escape to their stronghold, where she finds that she’s not the only one with superhuman abilities. The ending falls flat as the plot devolves into comic-book territory. Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly, but there’s little sense of a broader world here. Overreliance on metaphor to express Juliette’s jaw-dropping surprise wears thin: “My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps. My eyebrows are dangling from the ceiling.” For all of her independence and superpowers, Juliette never moves beyond her role as a pawn in someone else’s schemes.

Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-06-208548-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.

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From the Folk of the Air series , Vol. 1

Black is back with another dark tale of Faerie, this one set in Faerie and launching a new trilogy.

Jude—broken, rebuilt, fueled by anger and a sense of powerlessness—has never recovered from watching her adoptive Faerie father murder her parents. Human Jude (whose brown hair curls and whose skin color is never described) both hates and loves Madoc, whose murderous nature is true to his Faerie self and who in his way loves her. Brought up among the Gentry, Jude has never felt at ease, but after a decade, Faerie has become her home despite the constant peril. Black’s latest looks at nature and nurture and spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship that might be the saving of Jude and the titular prince, who, like Jude, has been shaped by the cruelties of others. Fierce and observant Jude is utterly unaware of the currents that swirl around her. She fights, plots, even murders enemies, but she must also navigate her relationship with her complex family (human, Faerie, and mixed). This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-31027-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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