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February 2014 young adult book releases: Science Fiction & Steampunk

Alienated
Disney Hyperion

These books are being released in February 2014. For other February releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more February releases.

Science Fiction in this list:

  • "Alienated" (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
  • "Cress" (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
  • "Grasshopper Jungle" by Andrew Smith
  • "The Hit" by Melvin Burgess
  • "Tin Star" (Tin Star #1) by Cecil Castellucci
  • "Unforgotten" (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody

Steampunk in this list:

  • "Rise of the Arcane Fire" (The Secret Order #2) by Kristin Bailey
  • "The Tinker King" (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Alienated
Alienated Disney Hyperion

Alienated

Title: Alienated (Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Cress
Cress Feiwel & Friends

Cress

Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 550
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Grasshopper Jungle
Grasshopper Jungle Hardcover

Grasshopper Jungle

Title: Grasshopper Jungle
Author: Andrew Smith
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 388
Publisher: Hardcover
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

The Hit
The Hit Chicken House

The Hit

Title: The Hit
Author: Melvin Burgess
Release date: February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publisher: Chicken House
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Live the ultimate high. Pay the ultimate price. The shocking return to YA by the author of SMACK.

A new drug is on the street. Everyone's buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. It's the ultimate high at the ultimate price. Adam thinks it over. He's poor, and doesn't see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can't make up her mind about sleeping with him, so he can't get laid. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, controlled by drug dealers and besieged by a group of homegrown terrorists who call themselves the Zealots. Wouldn't one amazing week be better than this endless, penniless misery? After Adam downs one of the Death pills, he's about to find out.

Rise of the Arcane Fire
Rise of the Arcane Fire Simon Pulse

Rise of the Arcane Fire

Title: Rise of the Arcane Fire (The Secret Order #2)
Author: Kristin Bailey
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.

Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.

With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.

Tin Star
Tin Star Roaring Brook Press

Tin Star

Title: Tin Star (Tin Star #1)
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Release date: February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

The Tinker King
The Tinker King Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Tinker King

Title: The Tinker King (The Unnaturalists #2)
Author: Tiffany Trent
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

After Vespa, Syrus and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished for good, giving them hope for the first time.

But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. When a wave of unimaginable terror threatens to destroy everything in its path, Vespa, Syrus and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic---and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

Unforgotten
Unforgotten Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Unforgotten

Title: Unforgotten (Unremembered #2)
Author: Jessica Brody
Release date: February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.