Staff Picks: Science Fiction

The following works of Science Fiction or Fantasy have been selected by the staff because they are interesting, enjoyable and generally good choices for reading material.

The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher

Wizard private detective Harry Dresden battles overwhelming supernatural forces in these fast-paced and haunting noir fantasies. He confronts deadly paranormal politics and appalling moral choices with prodigious skill, a wicked sense of humor, and a deep-set personal code of honor. Set in a vividly-described Chicago, these compelling books and their well-drawn characters, while potentially stand-alone novels, are better understood if read sequentially.



The Demon Cycle: The Warded Man, Peter V. Brett

What if you lived in a world that every night Demons rose from the earth to devour every living thing? You are only safe behind wards of protection. If you're traveling you either find safe haven before night or spend it inside a warded circle, that might save you or not. The Warded Man begins the tale of three young survivors that dare the impossible and step away from the safety of the wards into the night. This is the first book in the Demon War Cycle it is followed by, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and the newest installment The Skull Throne.



Divergent

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.



Mockingjay

Two-time Hunger Games survivor Katniss Everdeen is targeted by a vengeful Capitol that vows to make Katniss and all of District 12 pay for the current unrest.



The Undead Pool

Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows.



A Dance of Cloaks

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless--everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father



Night Broken

Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest-one that brings a threat unlike anything she's ever known. An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam's ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn't the kind of man to turn away a person in need-and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam's house, Mercy can't shake the feeling that something about the situation isn't right. Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she's willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam's pack against Mercy. Mercy isn't about to step down without a fight, but there's a more dangerous threat circling. Christy's stalker is more than a bad man-in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.



Words of Radiance

The war with the Parshendi moves into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains. Meanwhile Shallan searches for the legendary city of Urithuru, and Kaladin, leader of the restored Knights Radiant, masters the powers of a Windrunner.



The Summoner

Forced to flee for his life with only a few loyal colleagues when his older brother murders their father and seizes the throne, Prince Martris Drayke is desperate to learn how to control and use his newfound magical powers in order to draw on the ranks of the dead to seek retribution.



Promise of Blood

PROMISE OF BLOOD puts the epic back in fantasy! A novel that opens in the aftermath of a bloody coup, it's a thrilling look at politics, kingdoms, and the retribution that falls swiftly on broken promises