There are no new ideas here. Don't be fooled by the Chinese aesthetic--the story is the same betrayed exile fighting for her birthright, gathering allies in unexpected places that you see all too often in YA fantasy.
When it comes to them, bad isn't just cool. It's understandable. It's worth rooting for. Maybe, sometimes, if you let the boundaries blur enough, it's even right.
Scalzi delivers all the high-stakes adventure and cutthroat twists in his trademark cinematic, assured writing style, with snappy dialogue seemingly written to translate to the silver screen.
It's only the 2nd, so it's not too late to wish everyone Happy New Year again. But it's also the 2nd, which means it's not too early to be getting back to work. Woo!
To kick off the new year with a bang, I'm going to take a look at the month's five most hyped YA releases.