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On My Radar: THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu/POSITIVE by David Wellington/DEPTH by Lev AC Rosen

Here are a few books that I’m looking forward to reading in April!


graceofkings

(Saga Press | April 1, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.

 

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
It’s Ken Liu. You know, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and WFA Ken Liu? That one. His writing is phenomenal and gorgeous and heartwrenching, and I’ll read anything he writes. Anything.


positive

Positive by David Wellington
(Harper Voyager | April 21, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

Anyone can be positive . . .

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan’s hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he’ll be cleared.

Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets World War Z and I Am Legend in this thrilling tale that has it all: a compelling story, great characters, and explosive action, making Positive the ultimate zombie novel of our time.

 

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
A cross between Mad Max and World War Z? YES PLEASE!


depth

Depth by Lev AC Rosen
(Regan Arts | April 28, 2015 )

SYNOPSIS:

In a post-apocalyptic flooded New York City, a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for.

Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real—but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle.

 

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR:
I’m a sucker for just about any post-apocalyptic scenario, and I’ve really enjoyed Rosen’s past work.

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

2 Comments on On My Radar: THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu/POSITIVE by David Wellington/DEPTH by Lev AC Rosen

  1. Grace of Kings is FANTASTIC.

  2. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // March 24, 2015 at 7:15 am //

    I agree with Andy. Grace of Kings is the real deal

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