A hyperspace jump of series momentum; readers will love the ride.

STAR WARS THE HIGH REPUBLIC

MIDNIGHT HORIZON

With the treacherous Nihil in apparent retreat, the Jedi seek to finally stamp out the raiders’ threat against the Republic.

Months have passed since the Nihil attack on the Republic Fair, and the Jedi of Starlight Beacon are striving to recover balance in the wake of so much loss. Some, like Padawan Reath Silas, attempt to reconcile the terror and devastation of battle with the station’s everyday calm and community. Others are overwhelmed by inscrutable emotions—or the lack thereof. But, as ever, the Jedi must set feelings—and even each other—aside when unrest and disappearances on the planet Corellia indicate an emboldened Nihil threat in the core of the Republic. Teaming up with the charming, ruthless leader of a Corellian protection agency, Padawans Reath and Ram Jomaram are thrown into a dangerous tangle of politics and corruption, at the center of which lies a threat that could rupture the Republic and destroy the Jedi. Older’s thorough understanding of this universe shines: Nothing short of knowledge of the Force could keep so many overlapping waves of breakneck action, political intrigue, and constant emotional upheaval in harmony across the perspectives of no less than five focal characters. Stalwart fans and newcomers alike can enjoy this installment, though familiarity with franchise basics remains necessary. Queer relationships and nonbinary representation take center stage as found family, the thrill of connection, and grief drive each of the characters.

A hyperspace jump of series momentum; readers will love the ride. (timeline) (Science fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-368-06067-7

Page Count: 496

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2022

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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.

SHATTER ME

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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THE CRUEL PRINCE

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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