Science fiction roundup – reviews. Marcus Sedgwick, author of almost 30 books for children and young adults, ramps up the tension, violence and body count in his first novel for adults, A Love Like Blood (Mulholland, £17.
99). He has chosen pretty safe territory for his adult initiation: the vampire action adventure subgenre has never been more popular, or overdone. But Sedgwick's account of a man driven to the edge of sanity as he seeks revenge for the murder of his girlfriend – across a time frame ranging from 1944 to the late 60s – stands head and shoulders above most of the competition on a number of counts: the period detail is convincing, the character of the obsessive hero, Charles Jackson, is finely drawn and the chase across Europe as Jackson tracks the blood-drinking villain is terrifying, thrilling and relentless.
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Burn by Julianna Baggott (Headline, £12. 99) also covers well-worn territory, but does so with the assured tread of an experienced guide. After the apocalypse the world is divided into two competing sets of survivors: the "Pure", who have the luxury of living in well-equipped domes, and those on the outside, the "Wretches" who, when Armageddon struck, were fused on a molecular level with whatever object or person was nearby.
Baggott follows a diverse cast in both settings – pointing up the horror not only outside the domes, but inside, as the population is cowed by its totalitarian rulers. Burn is the third and concluding book of the series, and while it can be read as a standalone novel, to understand the full psychological complexity of the author's excellent characterisation it's best read in sequence. Dave Hutchinson's second novel, Europe in Autumn (Solaris, £7. 99), presents a near-future Europe fractured into hundreds of nations or "polities", each with its own strictly controlled border. The Les Coureurs des Bois is a shady organisation which delivers packages, and sometimes people, across these borders. Estonian chef Rudi, working in Krakow when the novel opens, is drawn into the organisation and finds himself embroiled in ever more complex situations.
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Hutchinson draws a convincing picture of a fragmented continent – he's especially good at describing the industrial wasteland of the former Poland – as Rudi finds his life under threat. Unable to trust anyone, especially Les Coureurs, Rudi attempts to work out who wants him dead, and why. The author's authoritative prose, intimate knowledge of eastern Europe, and his fusion of Kafka with Len Deighton, combine to create a spellbinding novel of intrigue and paranoia. Mark Watney, a botanist on an expedition to Mars, is stranded after a disaster when the crew of the Ares 3, believing him dead, leave the planet without him. Andy Weir's accomplished first novel, The Martian (Del Rey, £9. 99), charts Watney's attempt to survive Mars's inimical conditions: limited air, insufficient supplies, and scarce food and water. Intercut with the first person account are chapters set on Earth, detailing mission scientists' attempts to affect his rescue, while Watney faces each problem as it arises with admirable savvy and technical know-how.
The novel is research-heavy but, for the most part, succeeds in making Watney's plight not only believable but suspenseful as he battles against the odds for survival. Fortune's Pawn (Orbit, £7.
99), by Rachel Bach, is the first volume in the Paradox series. Devi Morris is a soldier of fortune with an ambition to become part of the elite mercenary force known as the Devastators. To gain the requisite experience she joins the trading ship The Glorious Fool, a cursed vessel on a secret mission.
The alien and human crew have their own hang-ups, secrets and motivations, and Devi must work out what they are while fighting off alien invaders and maintaining romantic relations with the ship's cook. Devi is a tough customer, and Bach does a good job of showing that she's not just an unfeeling, feisty fighting machine, but has flaws and vulnerabilities in a light, fast-action space-opera adventure which combines romance and military set pieces in equal measure. Andromeda's Fall by William C Dietz (Titan, £7.
99) is another military action adventure with a strong female lead, nail-biting action sequences and tight plotting. When Cat Carletto's parents are eliminated as part of an attempt by Princess Ophelia Ordanus to become the ruler of Earth, Cat enlists in a crack force of cyborgs, the Legion, in order to fight Ophelia and exact revenge.
Dietz is expert on the military detail – he was in the US navy and marine corps – and does a neat job of weaving Cat's backstory into the headlong action as well as presenting a realistic glimpse of how AIs might develop and function in a future hi‑tech society. • Eric Brown latest novel is The Serene Invasion (Solaris). To order the reviewed titles with free UK p&p call Guardian book service on 0330 333 6846 or go to guardianbookshop.