10 books on the list
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Parable of the Sower
Enter a world decimated by chaos and violence in this gripping novel. Lauren Olamina is one of the few survivors in a crumbling Los Angeles, struggling to maintain hope with her family behind the safe walls of their compound. But when tragedy strikes, Lauren sets out on a dangerous journey to salvation, facing a world ravaged by drugs, disease, war and water shortages. With hyperempathy, a rare condition that makes her incredibly sensitive to the pain of others, Lauren must navigate through a hostile landscape to reach safety, and perhaps even bring about a new and better future for mankind.
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Exploring a seemingly perfect society, this novel follows twelve-year-old Jonas as he uncovers the disturbing truths that lie beneath the surface. Only with his new position as the Receiver is he able to grasp the complex and dark realities of his utopian world.
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Experience a thrilling adventure in a world where everyone undergoes a mandatory operation to become a "pretty", but not everyone wants to conform. When Tally's friend rebels against the system, she is faced with a tough decision that will alter her life forever. Explore the dark side of a seemingly perfect society in this dystopian novel.
Alif the Unseen
This gripping novel follows a young Arab-Indian hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern security state as he shields dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups from surveillance. The protagonist, known only as Alif, tries to stay out of trouble until his break-up with an aristocratic woman and a breach of his computer by the state's electronic security force put his clients and his own neck on the line. Things only get worse when he discovers a secret book of the jinn that could change everything. Alif must fight for his life while navigating seen and unseen forces in this thrilling tale.
Never Let Me Go
This gripping mystery explores the theme of what it means to be human in a heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous way. Set in the pleasant Hailsham boarding school, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy grow from schoolchildren to young adults, only to realize the full truth of their sheltered existence. Through memory and the impact of the past, the author creates an unforgettable book that examines how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. Never Let Me Go is a scathing critique of human arrogance and a beautiful love story that breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel.
The Windup Girl
In a world where calorie companies control everything and bio-terrorism is a tool for profit, a company man combs Bangkok for extinct foodstuffs. There, he meets Emiko, an engineered being abandoned on the streets, who must navigate a chilling near future. Paolo Bacigalupi's award-winning novel explores the consequences of making calories currency and the impact of bio-engineering on humanity.
In this gripping science fiction novel, a mad scientist named Dr. Florida creates genetically altered children. But when another mutant race, the sparkhounds, launches a revolt to take over the earth, the doctor's children become his only source of comfort. Explore the complex dynamics between the characters and discover the fate of humanity in this thrilling read.
In a future plagued by mass extinctions caused by factory farming and antibiotic abuse, humans must face an ever-widening gap between rich and poor, an overtaxed healthcare system, and a paranoia about food supplies. The disenfranchised are deemed undeserving of medical resources, classified as less than human, and ultimately become our food. Don LePan's Animals follows the Stinson family as they take in an abandoned mongrel boy, forcing ethical questions to arise in this powerful and compelling novel.
In a future world where people connect to the Internet via implants in their brains, a hacker causes chaos and triggers identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love. When Titus and his friends experience malfunctions, they meet brainy Violet, who is determined to fight against the Feed's power to control human thoughts and desires. M.T. Anderson's smart and savage satire mirrors our current society, making it a must-read for fans of Orwell, Burgess, and Vonnegut Jr.
A chilling portrayal of a future dominated by Islamic fundamentalists who have imposed an oppressive caliphate, where autonomous thought is forbidden. Citizens of the Abistan kingdom kneel in prayer and submit to a single god, while an Orwellian surveillance system monitors and punishes those who rebel. Against this backdrop, one man, Ati, begins to question the religious totalitarianism – but to do so is to risk everything. " is a cry of freedom, a call to rebellion, a gripping satirical novel of ideas, and an indictment of the religious fundamentalism," according to author Michel Houellebecq.