VOYA Magazine has reviewed five Sourcebooks Fire titles for its upcoming issue. It is worth nothing that The Six by Mark Alpert received a 5Q 5P review which is the best possible review that VOYA Magazine gives and designates it as a VOYA Best Book.
Alpert, Mark. The Six. Sourcebooks, 2015. 368p. $16.99. 978-1-4926-1529-3.
"Alpert’s innovative science fiction novel explores questions such as what makes people “human,” when life ends, and what people owe each other. Alpert pays Crichton-esque attention to the power of technology in human existence, but he does not demonize the A.I. Sigma, which perceives betrayal because its scientist creator, Tom Armstrong, considers his son Adam’s life more important than Sigma’s existence. Sigma seeks to learn from humanity while in the process of destroying it. Adam develops friendships even after his consciousness exists only as circuitry within metal. Philosophical issues about the nature of existence arise in the course of vividly described action that will keep the attention of readers who enjoy science fiction or dystopias. Do not just read The Six; make your friends read it too."
Jayne, Hannah. The Escape. Sourcebooks, 2015. 256p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-1-4926-1654-2.
"This well-paced thriller’s contemporary setting and quirky characters make for a quick and entertaining read. The author’s knowledge concerning traumatic memory loss and schizophrenia helps create an authentic and compelling story. The story’s ending is anticlimactic, however, with the main character’s father explaining what happened and how the resolution is in everyone’s best interest. Students who enjoyed R. L. Stine’s scary stories in elementary school and are fans of Caroline B. Cooney’s thrillers should find this book appealing."
Stone, Juliana. Some Kind of Normal. Sourcebooks, 2015. 320p. $16.99. 978-1-4022-9150-0.
"The relationship between Trevor and Ever grows slowly, and although there are moments of real romantic heat, the action is minimal and the pace tepid. There is little sense of place (the novel takes place in Twin Oaks, Louisiana) but the denouement following Pastor Jenkins’s coming out has real emotional grit. Humor in the exchanges between Ever and her best friend, Hailey, lightens an otherwise lengthy build-up to a love that is foregone from the start. Still, the moment Trevor takes to the stage and sings to Ever is one that romance readers will appreciate."
Doktorski, Jennifer Salvato. The Summer After You + Me. Sourcebooks, 2015. 304p. $9.99 Trade pb. 978-1-4926-1903-1.
"This book is much more than a beach-read or summer romance; Doktorski has created a multi-dimensional character in Lucy, and placed her in a fully developed novel. Some readers may only notice that Lucy is torn between her romance with Collin and her life-long friendship with Collin, but more mature readers will see she is grounded in her family and in plans for her future. Each chapter opens with a factual quote from her junior thesis, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?: The Dating and Mating Habits of North American Sea Life.” Plus, she is an active volunteer for Reclaim Our Waters, harvesting and caring for clams until they mature and can be placed back in the water. Lucy is focused on her future—it is just her present that she is having trouble managing."
Kenneally, Miranda. Jesse’s Girl. Sourcebooks, 2015. 304p. $16.99. 978-1-4022-8482-3.
"Known for her female-empowering sports books, Kenneally branches out with this book while keeping all the elements readers have come to love about her books: friendship, family life, romance, strong female characters, and a glimpse at past characters. Maya dreams big, and while tentative at first, she stands strong and goes after her moment. While at first Jesse’s behavior is inexcusable, as the novel unfolds, it is clear that fame has cost him dearly. Both at a crossroads, they ultimately help each other discover the next step. Jesse’s Girl is the perfect summer novel hitting all the right notes."