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The original dystopian novel--if you haven't read this book yet, check it out immediately! The slow burning plot turns around Jonas, who lives in the Community, where every aspect of life is highly controlled. Instead of being assigned a normal life path by the Elders, he is to be the next Receiver of Memory. This position allows him to see life differently from the rest of the Community.
This novel defines the cyberpunk genre, a mash up of noir, sci fi, punk and dystopian themes.
Henry Case is a down and out hacker/criminal who has been dosed with toxin, as punishment for theft. Armitage, a former military figure, offers him a cure in exchange for his services, but his motives are unclear. This is a dense, tightly plotted novel for fans of Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov.
In this extremely funny book, Arthur Dent learns that aliens exists moments before aliens destroy earth. He ends up on a space ship called Heart of Gold, traveling through the galaxy on an adventure full of wacky characters.
If you like Ready Player One, you must try this book--it's better! Emika Chen is a bounty hunter--she tracks down people who bet on Warcross, a virtual reality multiplayer game. Through chance and luck, she ends up playing in a huge tournament and draws the attention of the video game's creator. Intrigue and excitement ensues!
During the 50's and 60's, Le Carre worked for both MI5 and MI6--he left his first career to write full time when this book became a smash. His expertise is clear from these densely plotted, methodical books. The ending is explosive enough to make it worth the wait!
Did you know Stephen King wrote high fantasy? Fans of It and The Shining should check out the Dark Tower series. The first book is named for the protagonist of the series, Roland of Gilead, a.k.a the Gunslinger. These books combine fantasy and western tropes to create a mood all their own. Librarian note: you might find that the first Dark Tower book is a little slow! Book 2 picks up a bit.
This series is an absolute classic of the genre, perfect for Lord of the Rings fans. The 14 book series follows hero Rand and allies, as they fight against dark forces and political machinations. This series has everything: prophecies, magic, good vs. evil, enchanted forests, battles, shape-shifting...read it before the Amazon TV adaptation is released!
The first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle is a high fantasy coming-of-age story, all about Kvothe a legendary wizard. He tells the story of his life, how he came into his magic power and later became an infamous fugitive. This series is still in progress, read the first one now and join the many Rothfuss fans waiting impatiently for a third book.
The Old Kingdom book series, eerie and unforgettable, is still wonderfully unique decades after it was written. In these books, Death is a place, and Neuromancers can raise the dead to do their bidding Sabriel's father is an Abhorsen, tasked with putting the dead to rest, until he disappears beyond the Seventh Gate. Sabriel must follow in her father's footsteps and continue the fight against the Neuromancer who would destroy the living world.
Fans of Six of Crows should check out the Shadow and Bone trilogy, set in Ravka, a kingdom what is unfortunately surrounded by the Shadow Fold, a terrible dark wilderness full of people eating monsters. The heroine, Alina, has magical ability that could save the kingdom, but only if she can survive the machinations of Ravka's other magicians.
In the same way the Harry Potter series morphed slowly from a children's book to a sprawling fantasy series, the Queen's Thief series develops a complicated, rich world. These books are set in fantasy-version Ancient Greece, and the hero is the clever Eugenides, who thinks he can steal anything. In these fantastic novels, nothing is what it seems. Librarian note: these are Ms. Friedlander's favorite books!
After nuclear war destroyed the Earth, humanity has lived in space. One hundred juvenile delinquents are sent back to Earth to see if it can be colonized. Their overlords don't care if they ever come back...will the 100 be able to live on a very inhospitable Earth?
There are only a few hundred people left after rampant depopulation. Griz has siblings but no neighbors, no friends. He's only met a handful of people in his whole life. When his beloved dog Jess is stolen, Griz must leave all he knows to get her back.
In Juliana Baggott's exciting book series, the apocalypse has come and gone. The Pure were rich enough to hide from the fallout in the exclusive Dome. The rest of the population live amid the radioactive rubble, barely scraping by. Many people were left permanently scarred by the blast. When a wretch from the outside named Pressia meets a Pure named Partridge, the world just might change for good.
In the first book of Michael Grant's long-running series, all the adults in the whole world disappear. The young are left to fend for themselves in a frightening new world, wondering if they too will disappear someday.
Charlotte Bronte's coming-of-age novel has everything: ghosts, arson, mistaken identity, and a surprise inheritance. Jane Eyre is one of the best written characters in all of English literature: her inner monologues have been quoted for hundreds of years.