Perfect for folks who grew up loving The Iron Giant, and for those of us (like me) who parlayed that into an obsession with Pacific Rim, X-Files, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Neuvel has managed to write a gripping thriller, as well as a host of flawed and engaging characters, with a format consisting mostly of interviews. (For that reason it will probably also appeal to fans of World War Z.) Mystery, sparks of dark humor, mathematics, radiation physics, and a slightly (ha) ominous narrator/interviewer.

~Allison Senecal