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May 26

Staff Picks, Dystopian Fiction, part 1

Posted on May 26, 2021 at 8:32 PM by Beth Pofahl

Dystopian Fiction, Staff Picks, part 1 

Today’s staff picks are all in the dystopian/speculative fiction category. 

Lisa recommends . . . 

Station Eleven book cover 

Station Eleven  
by Emily St. John Mandel 

Station Eleven, published in 2014, is the eerily prescient story of our world following a global pandemic. Infrastructure has collapsed, civilization has crumbled.  The story follows a troupe of traveling actors, moving back and forth in time, vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic. I couldn't put this book down, nor did I want it to end. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format:  
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook  
Read more about the author Here 

 

Trish recommends . . . 

windup girl book cover 
The Windup Girl  
by Paolo Bacigalupi 

Set in a futuristic Bangkok with bioterrorism, corporate greed and genetically engineered peoplethis sci fi dystopian novel is absolutely mind blowing. The ending still haunts me with its implications. R rated. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook 
Hoopla eBook 
Read more about author Here 

 

ready player one book cover 
Ready Player One 
by Ernest Cline 

Who knew the '80s were so cool? Cultural references notwithstanding, this dystopian future novel keeps you on the edge of your haptic seat to the end! 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Axis 360 eBook and eAudiobook 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 
If you enjoyed Ready Player One, check out its sequel Ready Player Two also available on Axis 360 and Montana Library2G0 

Read more about the author Here 

 

James recommends . . . 

The Grace Year book cover 

The Grace Year  
by Kim Liggett 

 

A dystopian Lord of the Flies that combines the will-to-survive of The Hunger Games with the sensibilities of The Handmaid's Tale. Written for a young adult audience, this book actually has a much wider appeal. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Axis 360 eAudiobook 
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 

Read more about the author Here 


 

Bretagne recommends . . . 

Handmaid's Tale book cover 

The Handmaids Tale 
by Margaret Atwood 

A classic dystopian fiction novel that is now a popular television series. This novel is chilling in the demonstration of how quickly and drastically the society changed and in so few steps. You won't believe it was written over twenty years ago. 

Find it in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Axis 360 eBook 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook  
Hoopla eAudiobook 

Check out Handmaid’s Tale’s sequel The Testaments also available on 
 Axis 360 and Montana Library2Go  

Read more about the author Here 


 

Holly recommends . . . 

dog stars book cover 

Dog Stars 
by Peter Heller 

This is one of my favorite books and a great pick for these times. Even though it's a dystopian novel about a man and his dog existing outside of what used to be Denver, Colorado after a flu pandemic has destroyed the world, it is also a love story and a story of resilience. It also is kind of funny in parts and has a great plot. I loved his relationship with his dog who never leaves his side and even flies with him in his little airplane. There are some long scenes of shoot outs and some gun violence so that may not appeal to everyone. However, they are very realistic and detailed. Some people I have recommended it to just didn't like it all, but I thought it was great. One of his best works.  It's not the kind of book I thought I would like but it just drew me along from the very first page and I ended up reading it late into the night. I even cried in some parts.  I ended up just loving the characters and the plot. I wish someone would make it into a movie. 

Find it in the library Here 
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook  

Read more about the author Here 
 

 

Guil suggests . . . 

the road book cover 

The Road 
by Cormac McCarthy 

A story about a father and son traveling through a land that has been struck by an unspecified cataclysm. Despite darkness and hopelessness pervading the journey, their love for one another keeps them going. An absolutely beautifully told and inspiring story. 

Find it in the library catalog Here  
Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 
Hoopla eAudiobook 

Read more about the author Here 

 

 

 

 

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