Fall 2017 brings with it the continued horrors of being alive in 2017, imbued with the scent of pumpkin spice, woolen sweaters, and various gourds both real and artificial. But more importantly, it brings with it a metric ton of new Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy titles. I have a soft spot for YA SFF in particular, and this batch of books is sure to be an epic one. We’ve got The Book of Dust from Philip Pullman out in October, a whole crop of new stories set in the Grishaverse from Leigh Bardugo in September (The Language of Thorns), and Jason Segel is trying his hand at YA with Otherworld. And that only scratches the surface. What are you waiting for? Get reading!
Volume 2 of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series finds sisters Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella beginning their Ascension Year. They each have some work to do facing their own personal demons, but once those are conquered, they must face each other in pursuit of the crown. Sisterhood gets competitive, and perhaps even deadly, as the three sisters have their eyes on the prize and on each other.
This bewitching collection of short stories from Leigh Bardugo is inspired by myth, fairytale, and folklore. The stories in The Language of Thorns will return readers to the Grishaverse, a land that fans of Bardugo will know very well already. Lavishly illustrated by Sara Kipin, this book is an absolute treat for newcomers and longtime fans alike.
Akata Warrior is the long-awaited sequel to Nnedi Okorafor’s 2011 novel, Akata Witch. Now that Sunny Nwazue, an American-born Nigerian girl, has been inducted into the secret Leopard Society, she’s able to hone her magical powers with her mentor, Sugar Cream. Sunny knows that she must lead the mission to prevent the masquerade Ekwensu from bringing about the apocalypse, and she’s ready to confront her destiny.
Leo, Orion, and Libra were born aboard Moon 2, a space station orbiting 250 miles above Earth. Moon 2 is the only home that they have ever known. They run countless drills every day and are prepared for every conceivable difficulty that could occur aboard the space station. But as they ready to land on earth, they realize no amount of drills could prepare them for the difficulties aboard their home planet.
Julie C. Dao
Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng is destined to become Empress of Feng Lu, but her prophesized power will come at a price. Xifeng grew up as a peasant in an isolated village, and so the prospect of royalty and riches is more than enticing to her—it’s irresistible. To achieve it, though, she must exploit the magic that lives within her; magic that’s fed by eating the hearts of those recently killed. Is she willing to turn to the dark side to get everything she’s always wanted?
Philip Pullman fans can breathe a sigh of relief: after twenty-one years, the author is finally back with another tale set in the world of His Dark Materials (the world in which The Golden Compass was set). The Book of Dust will be told in three parts, and this is only part one, so readers have much to look forward to. Set ten years before The Golden Compass, The Book of Dust centers on Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.
Tochi Onyebuchi’s debut novel is set in a world where mages have the ability to call forth sin from a sinner in the form of a “sin-beasts.” These beasts are lethal creatures, born of the guilt of a sinner. But in a world in which sin-beasts exist, so too must sin-eaters, and Taj is the most gifted sin-eater of them all. Taj’s talent is more of a blessing than a curse, though, as with each sin-beast he devours, he becomes tattooed with an image of the beast on his skin, and the memory and guilt of the sin is forever imprinted on his mind. He pushes away the madness that threatens to descend on him, as it does on all sin-eaters, after a while, for the sake of providing for his family. But when he’s called upon by the mages to devour a sin-beast from the royal family, things may just get to be too much.
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Yep, that Jason Segel. Author Kirsten Miller and the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor and author have teamed up again, this time to write a work of Young Adult sci-fi. Otherworld is the first book in their new series set in a world entirely immersed in technology that you don’t only see and hear, but can also taste, smell, and touch. But it’s not a game—it’s the future.
The Becoming of Noah Shaw is the first book in The Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the Mara Dyer novels. This book follows Noah Shaw, who everyone sees as the golden boy who’s been fed with a silver spoon his whole life. Noah doesn’t bother telling anyone the truth about himself, except for Mara Dryer. But maybe he should be more careful with his secrets than that.
The second installment to Traci Chee’s A Sea of Ink and Gold series, set in a world where reading is forbidden, sees Sefia and Archer back on the run after (spoiler alert) just barely escaping the Guard. They battle their inner demons by making a job of fighting impressors in the forest, and freeing the boys that the impressors hold captive. But will Archer fall in love with violence, harming their quest to free their kingdom from the clutches of the Guard?
In the third installment to Tina Connolly’s Seriously Wicked series, teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine are up to some more misguided and hilarious hijinks. Cam has mostly come to terms with her witchiness, but she doesn’t want it to define her. But when a hex begins taking down all the members of her coven, one by one, Cam has no choice but to join forces with a fellow witch to save her mother.
A Falling Kingdoms Novel
The latest installment to Morgan Rhodes’s Falling Kingdoms series just may be her most epic one yet. (Obviously, spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t yet, go read the first five books in the series. You won’t regret it.) Immortal Reign sees beloved characters Jonas, Lucia, Amara, Magnus, and Cleo fighting for the same cause for once: preventing two lethal elemental gods from destroying Mytica forever.