The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the finalists in the young adult book category of the 2015 Locus Awards.
Finalists for the award are Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King, Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Doubt Factory, Gail Carriger’s Waistcoats & Weaponry, Ian McDonald’s Empress of the Sun, and Garth Nix’s Clariel.
Half a King is the first in Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series. Prince Yarvi, born with only one hand, is determined to regain his throne across the sea, but he must cross the Shattered Sea first.
The Doubt Factory follows a teenage girl who discovers her father leads an organization that shares false messages to society about global warming and other issues.
The third in Carriger’s Finishing School series, Waistcoats & Weaponry follows Sophronia’s second year of finishing school, where she helps return her werewolf friend to Scotland in secret.
Empress of the Sun, the third in McDonald’s Everness series, follows the crew aboard the airship Everness as they jump to an alternate universe.
Clariel is the fourth in Nix’s Abhorsen series, though it can be read independently of the other books. Clariel has just moved to the capital of the Old Kingdom when she discovers a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city.
Winners will be announced in Seattle during the Locus Awards Weekend in June.
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