Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from September 12 through September 16 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, September 12
Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills
Mills has firmly established himself as the heir to the fictional world created by Vince Flynn, who died in 2013. Mills’ latest thriller starring Flynn’s hero Mitch Rapp is a stunner. The assignment is tough enough—keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists—but the stakes, and the difficulty, are multiplied many times over.
Tuesday, September 13
Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
Naomi Marie’s momma (Valerie) is dating Naomi Edith’s dad (Tom). As things get serious, the adults encourage the daughters to get to know each other. Naomi Marie’s momma (Valerie) is dating Naomi Edith’s dad (Tom). The alternating first-person viewpoints allow readers to get inside both Naomis’ heads and understand their motivations.
Wednesday, September 14
The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
It is a time of great upheaval for the kingdom of the Tear. When last seen, in The Invasion of the Tearling (2015), Queen Kelsea Glynn had surrendered herself to enemy custody and designated the leader of her guard as Regent. Captain Mace and the Queen’s Guard are prevented from mounting a rescue due to serious unrest at home.
Thursday, September 15
The Nerdy and the Dirty, by B. T. Gottfred
Benedict Pendelton and Pen Lupo barely exist to each other. Benedict is socially inept, principally because he is too intelligent to conform (as much as he would like to obtain social capital). Meanwhile, “I wanted to be liked more than I wanted to be me,” Pen reflects. She has traded in her real self for a lesser version that grants her a popular boyfriend.
Friday, September 15
The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel
Sobel (A More Perfect Heaven) continues her streak of luminous science writing with this fascinating, witty, and most elegant history of the women who worked in critical positions at the Harvard Observatory. Diving deep into the field of astronomy, Sobel shares the stories of the women who sought careers studying the stars.