On an Earth that's a colony world belonging to mostly benevolent aliens, the Aya, Spider has been a top student at the Aya school - a school designed to teach students the aliens' language, culture, and ways. She's also been involved in the Fine Hunt, a sport that has evolved from the equine pursuits of Earth's past and the new technologies introduced by the Ayans. In Fine Prey, Spider's two worlds collide.... Goliath
This novel is an alternate historical sci-fi where main characters Alek and Deryn prevent a mad scientist from using his invention to kill innocent people, in a bid to end World War I. Alek is the legitimate heir of the Austro-hungarian throne and he is on the run from the Germans. After his father's assassination in the first book of this series (Leviathan) the Germans try to kill him in order to take full control of the countries under his rule. He and... Leviathan
Set in an alternate historical past based around World War I, Alek must team up with a crew of British Darwinists in order to escape German forces that want to kill him because he is a contender for the Austro-Hungarian throne. The world is on the brink of war and Alek, who is the son of an Austrian archduke, hopes to one day inherit his father's duties. At the moment, Alek's parents are away surveying military maneuvers in Sarajevo. One night, Alek is a... Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour
Eos, Mar 2004, 15.99, 304 pp.
Fifteen year old Jessica Day moves with her mom from Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma where she attends the local high school. She looks like she belongs with the in-crowd, but the most isolated outsiders, the midnighters (Rex, Dess, Melissa, and Jonathan) are also fascinated by the newcomer as they sense she shares the Focus that only occurs for those born at midnight.
Jessica awakens at midnight noti...
The Killing of Worlds
Tor, Oct 2003, 25.95, 336 pp.
The Risen Immortal Emperor blames Imperial frigate Captain Laurent Zai for the death of his sister, the Child Empress. Though innocent, Zai handles suicide missions with little chance of survival. His ship the Lynx's current assignment is to keep a more powerful vessel of the enemy the machine-human Rix from reaching the planet Legis. Zai knows his crew will pay the price for the Emperor's belief ... The Risen Empire
Tor, Mar 2003, 24.95, 304 pp.
The Emperor has ruled over the eighty planets of the Risen Empire for over fifteen centuries. When it is time the emperor kills himself in a sacrificial way so he can return being one of the few chosen for immortality. Only the ultra wealthy or the highest nobles can access this immortality technique.
Though much of the populace resents the hierarchy they react as sheep. However, for the first ... Uglies
Uglies is centered on a young girl named Tally Youngblood is a 15-year old girl who lives in a bizarre world where from birth to age 16, citizens are bred to believe they are ugly. On their 16th birthdays, the “uglies” all undergo an operation that transforms them into The Accepted Standard of Beauty, making them “pretties” and moving them across the river to New Pretty Town, where everyday is a party. What could be wrong with that?
As in every soci...