Starred Review Round-Up (2/12/19)

2 stars each for an empowering badass debut, a psychedelic coming-of-age memoir, and a Chinese sci-fi translation.

“This intelligent, action-packed thriller will resonate with readers as it touches on such themes as domestic violence, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the intrusive potential of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence. A credible plot and solid prose are pluses, but the book’s real appeal stems from its powerful, distinctive protagonist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Nikki’s fight scenes are satisfying, clever, and exciting…. Bookworms will love the references to classic novels, and Lelchuk winks at Nikki’s similarities to a certain well-known literary vigilante; a bookshop regular even calls her Lisbeth. A timely and totally badass debut.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE LIGHT YEARS: A Memoir by Chris Rush
“In this vibrant memoir, artist Rush recounts his strange and colorful childhood and adolescence, from his upbringing in an affluent but turbulent New Jersey home to trying to find his place in the 1970s drug and art scene…. Rush’s storytelling shines as he travels across the country and back again, searching for truth, love, UFOs in New Mexico, peace, something that feels like God, and a place to call home. This is a mesmerizing record of his journey through adolescence.“--Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A captivating, psychedelically charged coming-of-age memoir.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WASTE TIDE by Chen Qiufan
“Anglophone readers will cherish the opportunity to experience Chen’s sweeping, complex, and deeply emotional near-future dystopian vision via this thoughtful rendition by Hugo-winning translator and author Liu that maintains the story’s essential Chinese character… Readers who crave gorgeous imagery and a thrilling narrative that also explicitly wrestles with big questions will be overjoyed.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Chinese science fiction, once an unknown quantity in the U.S., is making its way to the forefront through sheer excellence.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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