WINNER Fiction: Science Fiction 2023 Best Book Awards
Seventy-three years after the events of THE DEATH CURE, when Thomas and other immunes were sent to an island to survive the Flare-triggered apocalypse, their descendants have thrived.
Sadina, Isaac, and Jackie all learned about the unkind history of the Gladers from The Book of Newt and tall tales from Old Man Frypan, but when a rusty old boat shows up one day with a woman bearing dark news of the mainland--everything changes. The group and their islander friends are forced to embark back to civilization where they find Cranks have evolved into a more violent, intelligent version of themselves. The islanders are hunted by the Godhead, the Remnant Nation, and scientists with secret agendas. When they cross paths with an orphan named Minho from the Remnant Nation, the dangers become real and they don't know who they can trust. The islanders will have to survive long enough to figure out why they are being targeted, who is friend or foe, and what the Godhead has planned for the future of humanity.
A Dream of Shadows is a high-octane, intense fantasy that takes place over 48 hours in a city known as Hell’s Labyrinth. Full of stunning twists and fast-paced action, Peter Eliott’s genre mashup of post-apocalyptic dystopia and romantic thriller will grip readers tight and never let go.
Vazeer the Lash has spent his entire adulthood on the verge of peril while operating as a criminal in the violent metropolis of Hell's Labyrinth. Vazeer, intelligent and poised, longs to leave the life of smuggling that betrays his cultured personality.
His chance comes when he is commissioned to overthrow The Raving Blade, one of the most notorious and cruel power brokers in Hell's Labyrinth. Vazeer joins a rogue’s gallery of accomplished Shadow Bidders, each a master of distinct and nefarious skills. Among them are an ex-pirate, whose enormous size and skill with weapons make him a veritable one-man army, a brilliant actress who finds herself playing a key role in a criminal world where she doesn't belong, and a calm, mysterious assassin who draws events ever forward towards a series of increasingly dire consequences.
Vazeer has 48 hours of mortal danger and sadistic enemies standing between him and freedom… but good and evil are not as straightforward as they seem.
WINNER Fiction: Science Fiction 2023 International Book Awards
WINNER Science Fiction: General 2023 American Fiction Awards
The action-packed follow up to The Rising, from acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land, this is Blood Moon.
The recipient of RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and ITW’s ThrillerMaster Award, Heather Graham is at the pinnacle of her career. Now she's teamed up with USA Today bestselling author Jon Land to continue the story of high school seniors Alex Chin and Samantha Dixon.
They may have managed to win a major battle against the powerful enemy determined to destroy civilization as we know it. But the war continues, with Alex and Sam embarking on a desperate journey to save mankind, even as their friendship blossoms into something much more.
The roadmap for their journey lies in a mysterious book, the language of which has never been deciphered, until Alex finds himself able to translate the words that may hold the keys to saving the future. Toward that end, Alex’s and Sam’s quest spirits them away to a myriad of locations around the world, each of which holds another piece of the puzzle that can defeat the alien invaders.
But an ageless foe, long the guardian of the secrets his race has left behind on Earth, arises to stop them at all costs. At his disposal is a deadly and merciless army that has been awaiting this very war, an army as unstoppable as it is relentless.
Over the ruins of the lost Mayan city of El Mirador, a blood moon is about to rise, triggering the end of mankind unless Alex and Sam can prevail in a struggle that will determine the fate of the planet. As forces both ancient and modern converge, as painful choices must be made and sacrifices accepted, two young heroes will rise again to stand as the final line of defense to preserve their world and their love.
WINNER Fiction: Fantasy 2023 International Book Awards
Neurodivergent high school student CeeCee Harper has a temper and a reputation for trouble. Angry at the rumors and afraid she’ll never fit in, she makes a wrong move—and lands in the byways, a world of alleys, magic, and forgotten people . . . some that aren’t even human. And if she doesn’t escape quickly, CeeCee learns, she’ll be trapped for good.
Searching for a way out, she gets lost among monsters, drug pushers, the homeless, and political upheaval, and soon finds there are those who will stop at nothing to keep her from leaving. But the byways pull people in for a reason. CeeCee must figure out why she got stuck in the first place—before her loved ones are put in danger and she loses them forever.
A dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere, this contemporary fantasy will enchant Neil Gaiman and Christina Henry fans.
WINNER Fantasy: General 2023 American Fiction Awards
Thirteen year-old Daniel Scratch has been living alone for years since his parents passed, cared for by his home's tiny, elf-like brownies and his somehow-still-living great-great grandmother. But when Grandmother sends him to the village to be Tested, his life turns upside down. He's abandoned on a craggy isle, home to the Tower of Endings, and discovers he's to be the next adherent to the Sixth Axis, one of the most powerful magical forces in the world. He lives in the Tower for years, learning all the basic magics of witchkind along with the great Seven Forms of his Axis. Along the way, learns more than he ever thought possible about his people and their society, and their relationships with the far more-numerous humans of the world. His education culminates with an irreversible Choice, thrusting him into a mystery whose resolution will save all of humanity and witchkind – or doom them all to chaos and oblivion.
WINNER Science Fiction: Alien/Space 2023 American Fiction Awards
The Union of Earth maintains a tenuous hold on its colonies. When the planet Acadia threatens to secede, Ex Fleet commander Matt Ryder is forced to choose sides. Meanwhile, a young bureaucrat named Amanda Chester is sure that alien forces are behind the rebellion. Amanda guides a small group of operators, including a reluctant Matt Ryder, on a mission that will either stop the war…or start a larger one.
Replete with space naval battles and hand-to-hand combat in the vacuum and on the ground, the award-winning novel Disunion: Book One - The Mantiz Gambit, tells the story of brave men and women fighting to hold a fragile human network together.
WINNER Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic 2023 American Fiction Awards
After a global collapse, the world teeters on the edge of disappearance. A familiar power, corrupt and unabashed, seeks to lay claim to the lives of those who remain. Beyond its borders are those who believe in a different way and fight for an elusive freedom.
Orphaned child, Emerson Lloyde, dreams of flying. He is cared for by his grandfather, Chandler Estes, in the wilderness of the North American continent. After his grandfather's death, Emerson goes to the city and learns to fly, but though the dream is fulfilled, the freedom that it represents eludes him.
Through tragedy and adventure, Emerson outmaneuvers traps and political intrigue. With his three partners, he becomes the bearer of an unforeseen hope, a hope that even he struggles to understand. Across the Inland Sea, in the mythological west, a new world awaits.
Interface questions our reliance on technology with the irony of a people who can no longer manufacture the tools and products they have become dependent on. The story illustrates our society from the vantage of a not-too-distant future. It is a story about image, power and truth. But most of all, it is a story about us seen from a great distance.
WINNER Science Fiction: Cyberpunk 2023 American Fiction Awards
A corrupt megacity. A broken world. A girl who can no longer afford to hide from her past.
Jack is a techie and long-time shut-in, driven to save her father from corporate servitude. That means getting her hands on scrip, and lots of it. Going into debt with the most violent bikers in Hope Megacity will get her the cybernetic limbs she needs to overcome her disabilities, but that's only the beginning.
A vicious betrayal, a lethal cyberattack, and some broken neural hardware has Jack seeing things -- namely a huge column of light climbing all the way to the Global Corporations' city in the clouds. She'll need to join up with the city's most notorious hacker to find out what the elite are hiding from the millions of people living under their feet.
Action, suspense, and wit, presented in an accessible take on the genre. If you like complex worlds of near-future tech, dystopian struggle, and memorable characters, you'll love Into the BeanStalk!
WINNER Fantasy: Epic/High Fantasy 2023 American Fiction Awards
The Child of Chaos changed the world. The House of Prophecy could tear it to shreds.
When Lorre fulfilled her destiny, she didn’t expect to survive. In fact, prophecy warns that her continued existence could rip the world apart. However, nothing can deter Galen from trying to coax his mother back home from the Dreaming nor stop the Harbingers of Chaos from trying to transform her into their new goddess.
Searching for the keys to decipher the prophecy leads to the mysterious Home for Wayward Children—but the manor’s dark history and long-hidden secrets unlock Lorre’s immense power and push her to the brink of madness.
Galen, Dantess, and their friends aren’t even sure what side they should be fighting on. Getting his mother back was everything Galen dreamed of, but keeping her alive could doom them all.
The House of Prophecy is the next book in the multiple award-winning YA fantasy series the Chronicles of Chaos. Its tale of inevitable rebellion, immeasurable magic, and imminent divinity is sure to enthrall fans of Rick Riordan, Brandon Sanderson, and George R. R. Martin.
WINNER Fantasy: Historical 2023 American Fiction Awards
When Nasir-ud-Din Mu?ammad Shah, a weak Mughal king, discovers the whereabouts of powerful weapons used in the worst battle mankind had ever seen, he is ready to go to any lengths to acquire them. His mighty empire is at its weakest, with threats of imminent attack from outside and enemies within India consolidating more control. With desperation, Shah hatches a plan and there is only one man who can help him – THE HUNTER.
The Hunter is a finder of rare antiquities and is highly reputed for his impeccable skills. Though he mysteriously remembers nothing of his past, he has powers that make him invincible. But it all changes one day, when he gets forced to embark to Kanika Dwar, to retrieve weapons the power-hungry king desires.
Tackling difficult mountainous terrains, thick jungles, dangerous bandits and rough waters, The Hunter races against time to find what’s been hidden away for centuries and save a loved one from the clutches of the king. But he knows handing over the Godly weapons can only bring destruction in epic proportions.
Will he relent under pressure? Or find a way to save the world from unthinkable damage? Find out in Book I of The Hunter Genesis, where the legends from our ancient world collide with the madness of the 18th century.
WINNER Mystery/Suspense: Historical Science Fiction: Parallel Universe/Alternative History 2023 American Fiction Awards
1945. Struggling for survival in a doomed Corsair fighter plane in the skies over the Pacific Ocean, World War II Marine pilot David Hamilton’s life suddenly and mysteriously takes a strange turn, leaving him searching for answers as he finds himself lost and alone in a different time, place, and perhaps, identity. With no choice but to enlist the help of two strangers, David embarks on a desperate journey in a 1941 Ford Coupe that possesses its own secret past, and purpose, to find his way back home and keep a promise made to the most important person in his life. As clues and mysterious revelations emerge, three evil beings shadow their every mile, waiting to strike without mercy. A Week and a Day is a unique, captivating, and magical story of love, loss, and redemption found, as the fragility of time is explored, and strength of the heart is found.