All posts tagged: YA

In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black

IN THE DARK SPACES Author: Cally Black Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Format: Paperback Genre: YA | Science Fiction BACK COVER BLURB A genre-smashing kidnapping drama about Tamara, who’s faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her captors. Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crow people – the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crow people attack, until now—and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive. But survival always comes at a price, and there’s no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crow people’s way of life, and the threats they face from humanity’s exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she’ll never see her family again … or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape? 0

Flight of the Fantail by Steph Matuku

FLIGHT OF THE FANTAIL Author: Step Matuku Publisher: Huia (NZ) Format: eBook, 314 pages Genre: YA | Horror | SF Back Cover Blurb A bus full of high school students crashes in remote bush. Only a few of the teenagers survive; they find their phones don’t work, there’s no food, and they’ve only got their wits to keep them alive. There’s also something strange happening here. Why are the teenagers having nosebleeds and behaving erratically, and why is the rescue effort slow to arrive? To make it out, they have to discover what’s really going on and who is behind it all. Why are the teenagers having nosebleeds and behaving erratically, and why is the rescue effort slow to arrive? To make it out, they have to discover what’s really going on and who is behind it all. 0

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

THE POPPY WAR Author: R. F. Kuang Publisher: Harper Voyager Format: Paperback Genre: YA Fantasy BACK COVER BLURB When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising. 0

Salt to the Sea by

SALT TO THE SEA Author: Ruta Sepetys Publisher: Philomel Books Format: Paperback Genre: Historical | YA Back Cover Blurb World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, theWilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. 0

Scythe by Neal Schusterman

SCYTHE Author: Neal Shusterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Paperback Genre: Science Fiction | YA BACK COVER BLURB Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. They learn living in a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. 0