Super Sons: The PolarShield Project by Ridley Pearson, illus. by Ile Gonzalez

Review by Jocelyne Gregory

When Super Sons: The PolarShield Project begins, global warming has gone haywire, causing flooding and storms that destroy lands and crops. Millions of people are forced to leave their homes behind and travel further inland. Enter Project PolarShield, a government program, assisted by Wayne industries (Batman’s company), to create a dust shield over the polar caps and stop the global meltdown. … More Super Sons: The PolarShield Project by Ridley Pearson, illus. by Ile Gonzalez

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Review by Lauren Hathaway

Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf can sort every person in her life into one of three simple categories: saints, misfits, and monsters. There are those who are holier-than-thou, like her brother’s fiancé, Sarah. There are the people who don’t quite fit in, like Janna. And then there are the monsters masquerading as saints, like Farooq: the boy who is revered by his community for his piousness but has also sexually assaulted Janna. … More Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Juhyun Tony Bae

If you like reading sci-fi/fantasy you’re probably familiar with stories that grapple with immortality—you might even find the line, “death gives life meaning,” a tad cliché. With Neal Shusterman’s Scythe traveling that heavily-trodden dystopian road, for me, the question of the novel’s success came down to the story’s handling of the ideas and its ability to pave its own path. … More Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Review by Tessa Mouzourakis

The ominous, ever-present and seemingly infinite spiral of thoughts that plague those struggling with illnesses like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression are represented by a broad orange corkscrew on the cover of John Green’s newest book, Turtles All the Way Down. It is an appropriate cover, as the YA megastar John Green attempts many metaphorical translations of obsessive thoughts in his compelling narrative of sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, an Indianapolis teen living with anxiety and OCD. … More Turtles All the Way Down by John Green