Monday, July 07, 2014
So here they are:
The Eye of Minds is the first book in a new dystopian YA series by James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner. And it's a virtual reality novel, as if I was still the one in the "young adult" bucket and it was still the 1970s. This time, the system is called VirtNet -- not the most inspired name, I'm afraid -- and our young hero, Michael, is suborned by what will certainly turn out to be a nasty government to battle black-hat hackers inside VirtNet. I would not be at all surprised to learn that if you die in VirtNet, you really die, since every last VR novel needs to trot that out to gin up some tension. Eye of Minds is an Ember trade paperback, on sale July 22nd.
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, the new standalone solo novel by Brian Herbert, who's spent most of his writing time these past two decades expanding his father's Dune empire with Kevin J. Anderson. As the title implies, it is set in a brutal dystopian future ruled by a ecologically-driven dictator. (The flap copy helpfully tells us that "the Chairman's government has been relocating all citizens to densely populated reservations" -- oddly enough, that very same activity has been going on strongly and naturally for more than a decade, but we call them cities.) Little Book of Chairman Rahma is printed in green type, it's a Tor hardcover coming July 8th, and I suppose there is a small chance that some elements of it are treated elegantly and amusingly.
Skin of the Wolf, which adds werewolves to the mix. It's a mainstream thriller with fantasy elements, so you know what that means: infodumps of the main character's abstruse specialties, chase scenes, unlikely juxtapositions of elements, and a overarching need to put all of the toys back in the box so the mundane world can go back to ordinary life. Skin of the Wolf is a hardcover from Blue Rider Press, coming July 31.