In this post, I’m going to be looking at new YA Angry Robot Imprint Strange Chemistry, and having a look at a number of titles that they’ve announced so far as part of the first in what I hope will be an infrequent series of articles. You can find Strange Chemistry’s Website here, and Angry Robot’s website here. You can check the list of all Strange Chemistry novels that currently boast Cover Arts on Goodreads here. If you want to update the list or vote on it, feel free.
Angry Robot Books have really been expanding their market recently, and Strange Chemistry is one of the two new publishing imprints launched by Angry Robot. Now, as I’ve not read a Angry Robot novel that I’m yet to dislike yet, this promises to be a good thing, especially when you’re considering the positive reactions that Strange Chemistry have had for their titles already. The other Angry Robot imprint is Exhibit A, an upcoming publisher that will look at crime novels. But we’re focusing on Strange Chemistry for this update. I’m only covering the novels that have Cover Arts, and those that have a projected release date of 2012, so those that are released in 2013 will not be included.
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Released September 2012
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.
Shift by Kim Curran
Released in September 2012.
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.
Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
Released in October 2012.
15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection.
In fact, there’s a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie’s high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it’s a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won’t just lose her mother’s soul, she’ll lose her mother’s life.
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Released in October 2012.
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.
Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard
Released in November 2012.
The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent. Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.