A kick-ass, scientific, practical, horrifying, and even political perspective on the potentially looming zombie apocalypse, the text of World War Z by Max Brooks is the post Zombie War reflection on the debilitating mistakes, monumental struggles, and truly human survival that needed to be told, written from a post disaster perspective.
In Killmaiden’s Compendium of Uncommon Occurrences by James A Shapiro, Alex Drake is the youngest Scout to have an Entry in the history of the Compendium. He’s seen all sorts of things and gone on many missions with his father, Explorer Benson Drake, but nothing has prepared him for the adventure he embarks upon in this fabulous book.
This is an American Crime novel following the story of an unlucky private eye. Alongside his manic-pixie-dream-girl sex-enthusiast sidekick, he follows the trail of the lost Constitution of the United States of America. This isn’t your normal detective adventure. It’s essentially a tour of the most shocking, grotesque, and bizarre sexual rituals Ellis could find on the internet.
Rajaniemi uses all the plurality of possibilities to create characters with depth, and a world with weight and history. Fortunately, Rajaniemi is talented enough to create this world efficiently, giving us in just a few hundred pages what other authors would take thousands of pages to flesh out and explain.
Reached is the final installment of Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. The main characters, Ky, Cassia, and Xander are all in separate locations working for the rebel force, the Rising. Cassia is located in Central province, Xander is a physic working in the outer provinces, and Ky is training to be a pilot. When the Society begins to infects its population with a plague, the Rising sweeps in with a cure and assumes control. To some, however, the Rebel takeover seemed a little too easy and smooth. The New Regime is put to test when the plague mutates and renders the Rising’s cure useless. In a refreshing take on the dystopian trend, Reached explores the thought process of a leader and the sacrifices one must make for the “greater good.”
It is the near future. Alex and his teenage gang spend their evenings indulging in violence. Brutal assaults, fights, drugs, sexual crimes, and robbery are routine for them. When Alex is caught he undergoes the experimental Ludovico Technique to turn him into a model citizen, but is it right to deprive someone of their ability to choose evil?
They exist to die. The nameless drone, the faceless soldier, the girl who doesn’t have a name, the guy who isn’t in the credits – we’ve all seen them, and forgotten about them just as quickly. They must exist, albeit briefly, for us the audience to care about the leading women and men of what we are watching, or reading. Expendable characters prove why the story exists.
A Feast of Ice and Fire is a sumptuous, real-world exploration of the varied dishes described in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. As any acolyte of the series can tell you, the fictional tables of Martin’s Westeros (and other regions) groan under the weight of the many exotic and intriguing dishes he describes, from roasted swan and honeyed locusts to applecakes and the disturbingly noncommittal “bowl of brown.”
When Lena moves to the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, strange things begin happening. Ethan Wate, a 16-year-old on the basketball team, quickly realizes that the dreams he’s been having for months involve Lena. Soon they are desperately seeking any way to change her future. Will they find an answer in time?
The Amazing Absorbing Boy is a novel about a young boy, Samuel, who moves from Trinidad to Toronto after the death of his mother. Samuel attempts to assimilate the in-flux people and the confusing customs of Toronto into his own worldview — one that is informed, to a large extent, by the comic books he read in Trinidad.