Two brilliant SF YA novels now in paperback

Great news: two of my favorite young adult novels of recent years are now in paperback. First is Steven Gould's 7th Sigma, a spectacular science fiction/western mashup set in the southwest after a mysterious alien invasion makes it impossible to use metal anywhere in the desert. Next is Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker, a brilliant post-peak-oil eco-catastrophe dystopia that matches 7th Sigma for incredible, voracious, unstoppable plotting.


  1. Recently read 7th Sigma (been a fan of Gould for a while), and while I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as you did, it was a solid, fun book.

    One point, while it’s not a BIG spoiler, the “alien” part is kind of a spoiler, since for much of the book everybody believes it was simply a university science effort that got out of hand.

    Anyway, in Gould-news, in a few months comes Impulse, the third book in the series that started with Jumper, and THAT I’m practically salivating for.  (I do not count “Jumper: Griffin’s Story”, as part of the series, as it was a tie-in to the movie, although it was far more enjoyable than said movie).

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