The Testing is not your average dystopian! To attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must undertake the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, the Testing is more dangerous than she could imagine and it’s not a fight to pass, but a fight to survive!
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J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for writing complex, fantastical worlds. The Lord of the Rings series is the gold standard of fantasy that other writers try to live up to. If you’ve already finished Tolkien’s works and don’t know where to go now that you’ve left Middle-earth, the Library can help.
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Alternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.
Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.
Jesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.
Space flights into the distant unknown. Walking on the moon – maybe not even our moon. Colonizing planets after decades of sleep in a cryo-pod. Battling with angry, self-aware robots. If you pine for these scenarios, technical details, deep scientific thought, and other-worldly adventures, try reading hard sci-fi.
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The 2013 Hugo Awards, the leading honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy, were announced earlier this month. Which worlds will you explore?
Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Best Novella: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, written by George R.R. Martin, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Best Professional Artist: John Picacio (check out the Elric series!)
Harold and Lucille have already known heartbreak. Their son Jacob died in a tragic accident at his eighth birthday party. When he arrives on their doorstep fifty years later, but still only eight years old, they don’t know if this is a miracle or a sign of the end. Even more worrisome is that this isn’t an isolated incident. A massive population of the formerly dead have returned around the globe, and the living have to decide if it’s possible — or desirable — to reintegrate them into their lives. The Returned by Jason Mott is one of the season’s most buzzed-about releases, and narrator Tom Stechschulte creates a deeply resonant storytelling experience.
Colleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth:
Divergent takes place in a future dystopian Chicago. In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to. We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become one of the Dauntless. With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent – a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her life.
Season 3 of Game of Thrones ended in June. Have you been wearily wandering a godswood pining for dragons and battles to drag you out of your office chair? Don’t despair that Season 4 doesn’t start till Spring of 2014 – the Library can help.
If you liked Game of Thrones, click here for similar fantasy reads to fill your time.
Though it may seem unlikely that a man could fall in love with a raven, nothing is impossible in fairy tale realms. Man and raven love each other deeply and through the charmed unknown, conceive a child – a girl. The girl is human…and not at all human. She feels confined within her body. Not quite right. She is unable to fly…until she finds a doctor who may have the magic to unleash her true form. Raven Girl is the newest illustrated dark fantasy by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. If you like Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow or the TV show Once Upon a Time, you’ll probably like Raven Girl.