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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - Jul 03, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between ...
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Parable of the Sower
A Novel
Octavia E. Butler - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 1993)
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In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to sal...
George Orwell - Apr 04, 2017 (first published in 1949)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - Jun 05, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
The Stand
Stephen King - Jan 01, 2011 (first published in 1978)
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First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms....
Marie Lu - Apr 16, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the countr...
Battle Royale
The Novel
Koushun Takami - Nov 17, 2009 (first published in 1999)
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Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian programme, they are provided arms and forced to kill until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japa...
Veronica Roth - May 02, 2011
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to w...
Neal Shusterman - Jun 02, 2009 (first published in 2014)
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Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into ...
Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card - Mar 04, 2014 (first published in 1985)
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The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley, the movie is sure to inspire a new audience of fans to read the book that started it all.Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poi...
Red Rising
Pierce Brown - Jan 01, 2014
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"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.""I live for you," I say sadly.Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he w...
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Wool by Hugh Howey
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. le Guin
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. le Guin
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The Girl Who Dared to Think by Bella Forrest
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson
Recruitment by K. A. Riley
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
The V Girl by Mya Robarts
The Plague by Albert Camus
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
Batman by Frank Miller
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The War with the Newts by Karel Capek
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
The Threat Below by Jason Latshaw
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Double Cross by Malorie Blackman
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
The One by John Marrs
Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
Compound 26 by Krista Street
Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
Alone by Scott Sigler
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
Winter World by A. G. Riddle
The Reader of Acheron by Walter Rhein
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
Judge Dredd by John Wagner
Prophet of Doom by Derek Murphy
Case by May Freighter
The Yellow Arrow by Andrew Bromfield
The Elements of the Crown by Kay L Moody
Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth
One America Reads by David Karp
Fire Country by David Estes
Truth Seer by Kay L Moody
The Elect by Laura Carter
True North by L. E. Sterling
Motorman by David Ohle
Age of Order by Julian North
Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
Ice Crown by Kay L Moody
Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis
Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells
Rubicon Beach by Steve Erickson
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Invisible Planets by Ken Liu
The Unknown by J. W. Lynne
Contagious by Jacqueline Druga
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline