Your Book Review: Some Suggestions
The following should be thought of as suggestions only, intended to help you think through/brainstorm the sort of things you might want to deal with in your review.
Any sign of the following SF signatures in the book: (1) a novum, (2) extrapolation, (3) defamiliarization/alienation/ostranenie?
Be sure to give all the basic information about the book at the start of your review (author, title, publisher, date).
Before writing your review, go back through the book and take special note of its highs and lows.
Do not give away the book’s ending. Avoid spoilers. But feel free to talk about the book in some detail.
Don’t just write a plot summary.
From what point of view is the work written?
Identify the book's subgenre. Go here for help.
Identify your presumed audience: thinking of your audience as the other members of this class may be the best choice
Is the book innovative in any way? How so?
Keep in mind that a book review is both a description and an evaluation of a book.
Talk about any or all of the following: characters, plot, setting, theme.
The organization—wow is the book set up, structured?
The title—what does it suggest?
Try to find further information about the author—his/her reputation, influences, other work in SF, etc.—any information that is relevant to the book being reviewed.
What contribution does the book make to the genre?
What has the author accomplished with this book?
What is the author's style? Is the book readable?
What makes the book Science Fiction?
Who is the narrator?