by Jake Lingwall
About the book: A thousand years ago humanity crash landed on a dangerous new planet filled with as many wonders as dangers. The human race settled the only place on Newten where they could survive, a canyon. But when the shared dream predicts a dire fate for their refuge, Elle and Jak set out to save their people by any means scientific or magical. However, the exploration of Newten leads to discoveries that change the future and the past.
Notes: A fantastic YA sci-fi adventure.
by Celeste Chaney
About the book: After years of terrorist attacks, murders and kidnappings, citizens of the State vote to enact the Protector Program. A predictive policing system, it signals the dawn of the New Era. Passive iD chips are implanted in every citizen's wrist, providing convenience and protection.The chips enable users to unlock homes, start cars, transact in stores, and monitor their health. They also collect data.Specially designed risk prediction algorithms parse and analyze user data to predict individual levels of threat, aiding the predictive policing program and eradicating crime in most cities.Marus Winde has worked for the State's Intelligence Annex since the inception of the New Era. As Senior Algorithm Architect, no one is more dedicated to the predictive policing program. No one has greater trust in its proficiencies. That is, until his young son vanishes inexplicably in broad daylight in the safest city in the world.As Marus works to reconcile the program's deficiencies and unravel the mystery of his son's disappearance, he discovers that the system he helped build is not only imperfect, but corruptible, and that even the greatest of technological advancements can't replicate human intuition.In Absence of Fear is the vividly imagined, breathtaking debut novel by Celeste Chaney. Examining themes of technology, privacy, humanity, family, love and patriotism, critics are calling this remarkably gripping story the "1984 for a new era."
Notes: Fast-paced thriller set in a near-future dystopia where everyone is under hypersurveillance.
by Josh Rhoades,Mike Rutledge
About the book: The life of an airshipman is violent and short, but every sailor still breathing in the clouds has a tale of Anton Mikhailovich. Vasili, his fourteen year old son, never knew the man. The swashbuckling captain died mysteriously when the boy was five, leaving only tall tales and long shadows. His father's remembrance ever looming, Vasili wants to leave his tiny frontier village and become a skysailing legend of his own accord. A charismatic traveler arrives on an airship, a bishop with robes as worn as his smile. He comes to convey a funerary Telling of Anton some nine years overdue. Late but still timely, the traveler hints that his vessel may be looking for a new deckhand. He could put in a good word for the son of Anton. The twinkling lights of home disappear over the horizon and the boy begins his own adventure, starting his own tale as he learns the truth of his father's. But the world and its skies are nothing like Vasili's books. The serendipitous airship is the famed Apotheosis Break, Anton's old ship, filled with beguiling shard hunters now at the end of their rope. They have already lost good men looking for Vasili. They may still lose everything seeking the forgotten legacy of Captain Mikhailovich.
Notes: Steampunk! Airships! Plucky main character!
by Everly Frost
About the book: In an alternate Earth where nobody can be killed, Ava Holland is afraid of death. When the unthinkable happens, her only ally is the boy she should fear the most. Michael Bradley is the strongest, fastest healer anyone's ever seen. But Michael has secrets too. An action-packed science-fiction romance. Contains a bonus sneak peek at the sequel.
Notes: A super creative new YA trilogy for those who are tired of the straight-up supernatural.