Now this is how young adult science fiction should be written!
The three books in this trilogy are The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. They were wonderful. These books addressed wide-ranging topics from terrorism and tyranny to morality and how difficult love can be, all while telling a fast-paced science fiction tale of human colonization on a planet that already had a sentient species existent. The writing was very good, the characterization was excellent, the little bits and pieces of world-building that make a place different and yet real were all there. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these and they’ll probably end up on my to-be-read-again pile.
It wasn’t hard science fiction, which is usually one of my favorite genres (space opera FTW!), but the science bits that were in there were completely believable and didn’t distract me by popping my suspension-of-disbelief bubble.
I’ll be looking for more books by this guy.