Let me guess, you forgot to buy something for dear Aunt Sally or your friend from high school. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some book recommendations for different types of people. All are available on Amazon with two-day shipping. Perfect for those OOPS! moments.
Annhilation by Jeff Van Der Meer
In the not-to-distant future, a group of women goes out to an abandoned site to do a scientific investigation of what caused the forest to overtake civilization. What follows is a beautifully written musing on humanity, feminism, and what motivates us all. Dystopia for the scientifically minded.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I’ve gushed about this book in so many posts, I am sure my regular readers are sick of it! But for those of you whose ears I have not talked off, Shannon’s book imagines a world in which those with supernatural abilities are persecuted by the government. In an attempt to adapt, a new rival government forms. The story follows one very integral part of this shadow government as she is kidnapped and held hostage.
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Do you love words? Do you love reading? Do you love dystopia? Then this book is for you! Graedon’s masterfully crafts a story of what happens when technology begins taking over our ability to produce language.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Carey’s book is wholly unique in its approach to the future, so unique that it’s hard to talk about without giving away the secret so I’ll let the publisher’s blurb speak for me “Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.”
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I wrote about Mandel’s book quite recently and my praise still stands. This is the perfect book for adults who love dystopia but want something with a little more bite. Mandel’s literary fiction take on the subject offers a refreshing, if somewhat bleak, return to the basics of the genre.