YA Picks

Rare and unusual YA finds for the Leap Year!

Cover of the book Illuminae by Amie KaufmanIlluminae

Amie Kaufman

It’s 2575, and Kady and Ezra live on a remote colony on the planet Karenza. She broke up with him one morning and that afternoon, their planet was invaded. Rival corporations are warring over Karenza, and the survivors end up on a handful of spacecraft not designed to hold so many humans.  A bioengineered contagion which causes murderous behaviour is free on one of the ships, the fleet’s AI must be shut down after giving orders to terminate hundreds of lives, and those in charge won’t say a thing. Kady is determined to hack into the system to figure out what’s really happening. Unfortunately she must enlist the help of her ex-boyfriend, Ezra. This new addition to the sci-fi horror genre is a tantalizing dossier of unencrypted secret communications, military files, medical records, IMs, interview transcripts, and schematic diagrams.

Shadow and BoneShadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo

Alina is an orphan. Along with her best friend, Mal, she has joined the army of Ravka and is sent on a dangerous mission to the Fold, a region of darkness that cuts across the land and teems with terrifying monsters. When the flesh-eating creatures attack their convoy and death seems certain, a dormant power is unleashed from Alina. No one is more surprised than Alina, who is taken from her routine life and sent to the luxurious court to be trained as a magic-wielding Grisha.  So begins the fantastic and imaginative trilogy of The Grisha. The author also has a new series, Six of Crows, set in the same world.

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