One of the best parts of my job is ordering new books for the Edge–reading the reviews, seeing what popular authors come up with next, or finding out about an upcoming sequel to an old favorite. Read on to find out about some of the new YA fiction titles coming to our shelves this month.
“Intrigue and danger in the air and on the ground make for an exciting read that is steeped in interwar history. In late August 1937, Stella North, 17, is representing Britain by flying in a race against other young pilots to promote peace in Europe…. Racing from England to Belgium, Stella witnesses two planes nearly collide midair, with one flying away undamaged and one plummeting into the sea. Was it really murder? The competitors include a pilot representing Nazi Germany, an Italian who is a close friend of Mussolini’s son, a Jewish pilot from the Netherlands, and an anti-fascist pilot from France: Could one of them be trying to eliminate the competition? Unlikely alliances form as Stella and her fellow pilots try to solve the mystery and stay alive, all unfolding against the backdrop of an ever more frightening political landscape.” –Kirkus Reviews
“This dark fantasy duology opener has a magic school, a death, and five students who find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Ren Monroe is a promising student wizard at Balmerick, a private school in the city of Kathor. Along with her best friend, Timmons, Ren is one of the few welfare students attending on a scholarship, and despite being one of the most accomplished people at the school, finding a placement in one of the top houses is proving difficult and is a hurdle in the way of the secret mission Ren has set out to accomplish. When a portal spell goes awry and Ren, Timmons, and four other students from different walks of life are thrown together into the Dires, an uncharted land where the last dragons lived, one of them ends up dead and the rest need to learn to work together to make their way back home before they succumb to the harsh environment or the terrifying revenant following them. This may well be the chance Ren was looking for to prove her worth.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Four Seattle teens team up to take down a powerful multinational enterprise that threatens their livelihoods in this ambitious tech-driven mystery by Morris (The Cost of Knowing). Black teenager Jax is the leader of Team Jericho, a group of ingenious scavenger hunt enthusiasts passionate about solving the cryptology riddles posted to online urban exploration forums. When the Order, an infamous organization of anarchist crypto-vigilantes “bent on bringing justice to the untouchable elite,” serendipitously devises a challenge to recruit new members, Jax convinces his team to participate. He hopes that joining the Order will provide them the resources to stop Roundworld, a megacorporation whose growing presence threatens marginalized communities across Seattle. But each new clue, and the appearance of ruthless rivals, complicates the team’s mission. And as the teens uncover more about the Order, they begin questioning whether the institution is everything it seems.” –Publisher's Weekly
“A teen comes of age in an unforgiving world of monsters, gods, and wretched humanity. Sixteen-year-old Lucha Moya lives in the harsh world of Robado, a city divided into haves and have-nots, with a drug-addicted mother who constantly leaves her and her younger sister, Lis, to fend for themselves. Thankfully, Lucha’s seemingly innate abilities allow her to make a living hunting monsters. But after their mother’s most recent disappearance, Lucha and Lis end up homeless, trapped in a situation that ends with Lucha’s making a bargain with El Sediento, a figure that haunts nightmares but whose very existence shows that there is a whole world out there for her to discover. Next thing she knows, Lucha is on the run with her sister and Paz, the gorgeous and mysterious acolyte of a forbidden goddess. As Lucha’s growing powers put her center stage in a centurieslong feud between two gods, she must choose between being a pawn or an important player in a life-and-death power play.” –Kirkus Reviews
“After learning that a vast world of mythical beings exists in parallel to everyday life in the UK, Susan Arkshaw has fallen in with the network of superhuman booksellers who keep the old and new worlds in balance. Oh, and she’s also the daughter of an ancient sovereign and appears to be coming into immense power of her own. Susan would prefer to be a normal London art student, but that proves increasingly difficult after her bookseller boyfriend disappears into a magical map and she is tapped to retrieve him. The seemingly simple rescue mission uncovers a murderous, magical conspiracy, centuries in the making, and it becomes clear that Susan is the next target. Can she save herself and others without sacrificing her humanity?” –Booklist