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 November 14 through 18 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, November 14
And Then the Sky Exploded, by David A. Poulsen
Kids often grapple with historic events, especially when the event is something as unfathomable as the bombing of Hiroshima during WWII. This engaging story creates context by skillfully weaving together the experiences of two very different characters: Yuko, a Hiroshima survivor, and Chris, a totally relatable ninth-grader. This memorable addition to Hiroshima literature should resonate with readers.
Tuesday, November 15
Bad Boy, by Elliot Wake
In his first novel written as Elliot Wake, the former Leah Raeder returns to the Chicago in Raeder’s Black Iris (2015). There Renard “Ren” Grant shares his gender transition with millions of subscribers through his YouTube vlog, which readers experience through flashbacks. Wake presents an intense, suspenseful, and unusual tale of romantic suspense that will make readers question their perceptions of gender and relationships.
Wednesday, November 16
Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth
In a system of nation-planets, a colorful ribbon of energy, called the Current, weaves around each planetary body, imbuing its residents with a special ability. For Cyra, sister of Ryzek, the sovereign of the warlike Shotet people, that gift leaves her constantly wracked with pain, which she can inflict on others with just a touch. Inevitably, it ends on a tantalizing cliff-hanger, but Roth’s fans will be happily on board for the forthcoming sequel.
Thursday, November 17
Selection Day, by Aravind Adiga
For a chutney salesman, slum-dweller like Mohan Kumar, a comfortable life in the crushing metropolis that is Mumbai is pretty much beyond reach. His only ticket to middle-class respectability lies in his boys: Radha and Manjunath. Radha shows infinite promise in cricket, India’s national obsession, and the younger brother, Manju, is not lacking in talent either. Peppered with dashes of humor, this dark and unflinching story is an unqualified triumph.
Friday, November 18
Settle for More, by Megyn Kelly
In a crowd of Fox News blondes, Megyn Kelly has always stood out. She’s smart. She’s sassy. She’s nobody’s fool. In her highly anticipated memoir, Kelly explains exactly why this is. She’s not afraid to address the controversy surrounding former Fox chairman Roger Ailes, the backlash from her critics, and, of course, her bizarre squabble with Donald Trump. Liberal-leaning readers may find themselves wondering how things might be if Kelly was on their side, but there is a surprising lack of political proselytizing here, making it a winning memoir for readers of any party.