Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Smek for President by Adam Rex

Fans old and new will not be disappointed with this uproariously funny sequel to "The True Meaning of Smek Day". Gratuity "Tip" and JLo are out to clear JLo's name. This requires a trip to New Smekworld where Tip and JLo's friendship is put to the test. I haven't laughed this much since the first book! ~Danielle, CCL

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Nora Eldridge considers herself "the woman upstairs" single, childless, an unfulfilled teacher and artist who was too afraid of failure to pursue her dreams. But when she befriends the Shahids, she allows herself to be seduced by their artistic and academic accomplishments. Nora's long-held beliefs about herself begin to change as she insinuates herself more and more into their daily lives. Her desire to be a part of the Shahids' world can only end bitterly, and despite Nora's flaws, the reader is left sympathizing with her as the new life she always longed for shatters. ~Kristin, CCL

The Martian by Andy Weir

The third mission to Mars is cut short when a violent sand storm causes the crew to evacuate. Mistakenly left behind, Mark Watney must brave the harsh Martian conditions to survive until the next mission arrives. This book takes the genre of science fiction back to its roots by telling a story rooted in the science that makes a trip to Mars possible and a compelling narrative of how one man faces the challenge of escaping a completely alien environment using only his wits and what he brought with him. ~Thomas, CCL

Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

Mercenary Devi Morris sees providing security for the notorious trade freighter, "Glorious Fool" a shortcut to earning enough credentials for the most coveted of positions: a member of the Sainted King's elite security forces. But the Fool's crew has a high turnover rate for a reason--and it's not just from fighting a lizard race called the Xith'cals in the wild frontiers of space. With solid world-building, a feisty heroine, and a touch of romance, this action-packed sci-fi novel will have you clamoring for more. ~Debra B., CCL

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The second book in the “Bone Season” series brings clairvoyant  Paige Mahoney back to Scion-controlled London. As she tries to convince the Underworld crime syndicate that Scion is controlled by the Rephaim--humanoids who feed on the magic of other clairvoyants--death faces her at every turn. Despite all the names, places, and vocabulary that requires its own section in the back of the book, this fast-paced novel will have you riveted and counting the days till the third book arrives sometime next year. ~Debra B, CCL