Speculative Fiction and Faith --Christina Fawcett Becker, Helaine. Gottika. Illus. Alexander Griggs-Burr. Toronto: Dancing Cat, 2014. 252 pp. $12.95 pb. ISBN 9781770863910. Print. Bow, Erin. Sorrow's Knot. New York: Levine, 2013. 348 pp. $19.99 hc. ISBN 9780545166669. Print. Goelman, Ari. The Path of Names. New York: Levine, 2013. 339 pp. $18.99 hc. ISBN 9780545540148. Print. Goto, Hiromi. Darkest Light. Illus. Jillian Tamaki. Toronto: Razorbill, 2012. 325 pp. $12.99 pb. ISBN 9780143178279. Print. Speculative spaces in science fiction and fantasy texts have long been bastions of cultural commentary. From the safe distance of a foreign planet or a mythical world, contemporary issues in religion, politics, and culture can play out. Young adult speculative fiction is a rich space for these sorts of examinations, using hypotheticals and wondrous others to explore and to engage with contemporary issues. By incorporating supernatural or predictive elements, speculative fiction rests along the spectrum of cognition and estrangement. Readers having full access to and understanding of characters and their experiences would have full cognition and would lack any of the strangeness or otherworldliness that are core components of the genre. Complete estrangement would leave readers disconnected, unable to understand or to access the text. Authors
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