Delirium

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Title: Delirium

Author: Lauren Oliver

Summary:  Sixty-four years have passed since love was identified as a disease, and forty-three since a cure was developed.  Seventeen year-old Lena is just ninety-five days away from her procedure and can’t wait.  After she is cured, she will be safe from the deliria that once plagued the world and able to settle into an uneventful, ordinary life where her college future and a husband are government-picked.  But then Lena meets a boy unlike any she has ever known and starts to have dangerous feelings that make her re-think the cure and the world around her. 

Who will like this book?:  Fans of dystopian stories will enjoy this clever cross between Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies and Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games.

If you like this, try this: Matched by Ally Conde,  The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian

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Ship Breaker

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Title: Ship Breaker

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: In a bleak future ravaged by the results of global warming, Nailer works as a ship breaker, disassembling the useless oil-dependent freighters that litter the feral Gulf coast where he lives. He dreams of sailing away on one of the sleek, white carbon-fiber sailboats that fly across the oceans, or maybe hitting a Lucky Strike: Finding a hidden pocket of precious oil or a piece of silver or gold hidden in the depths of a ship’s skeleton. He and his crew break their backs night and day to meet their work quotas but they know as soon as they are too big to crawl through a ship’s ductwork, they’ll have to fend for themselves amongst the drug-addled thugs and vicious cutthroats who make surviving life on the shipbreaking beach a bleak proposition. Nailer knows it well: His father is one of those killers, and he never knows if he will be safe in his own shack.

After a city-killer hurricane batters the beach, Nailer and his crew-mate Pima are scavenging for fish when they stumble upon something miraculous: A wrecked white sailing ship. What they find on board will set Nailer off on a high-stakes adventure that will see his fortunes change – or his life end. This Printz-award winner feels like an old-fashioned high seas adventure mixed with a frightening view of what the world could look like when oil supplies run out. It’s a perfect read for people who like fast-paced stories with heart and soul.

Who will like this book?: Fans of gritty, dystopian sci-fi. Readers who like old-fashioned adventure stories.

If you like this, try this: The Carbon Diaries series by Saci Lloyd. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. The Windup Girl, also by Bacigalupi.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Booklist: World Gone Wrong

World Gone Wrong

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For you cheerful types, here are books set in dystopian futures

*Please note: Some books may contain mature language and/or themes*

Bloodtide and Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess

Feed by M.T. Anderson

how I live now by Meg Rosoff

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow

Rash by Pete Hautman

The Carbon Diaries books by Saci Lloyd

The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Line by Teri Hall

The Mortal Engines quartet by Philip Reeve

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Uglies quartet by Scott Westerfeld

Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Epic

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Title: Epic

Author: Conor Kostick

Summary:There is no violence in Erik’s world, only Epic. The global online multiplayer game allows people to create avatars to fight against one another and settle grievances. But Epic is more than just a game. It’s politics. Run by Central Allocations, a group of the richest, most powerful players, they lead a corrupt system that dictates the lives of everyone else.

Fed up with the difficulties his family faces, Erik creates a new type of character. He creates a girl named Cindella with only beauty instead of the typical fighter/elf/magician. But there’s something special about Cindella. When she starts getting attention from NPs (and not for her looks), Eric knows he’s onto something. Teaming up with his group of friends, they set off to fight dragons, find treasure, and slay the corrupt Central Allocations once and for all.

Who will like this book?: Boys and girls who enjoy discovering virtual worlds will find Epic to be a must-read. It’s packed full of adventure and has the interesting twist of a male player with a female avatar. The game system is well described but you don’t need to be a technician to understand the way this excellent sci-fi novel works.

If you like this, you should try: Saga, the sequel to Epic. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde, 1/2 Prince(manhwa), The 39 Clues series, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Walls of the Universeby Paul Melko, The Game by Dianna Wynne Jones

Recommended by:ZZ, Fairfield resident and avid reader

The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Each year a boy and a girl from each district are selected at random and sent to the Capital of Panem (formerly North America) to serve as tributes (players) in the Hunger Games. This live televised contest is mandatory viewing across the devastated continent. It is a battle to the death and the tribute left standing will be set for life.

When her little sister is chosen for the Games, Katniss decides takes her place. As she makes the journey from her destitute home in District 12 to the shimmering Capital, she begins to see that the Hunger Games are more than just a way to entertain the people: It’s a way to control them. This first book in a new series by the author of the Overland Chronicles will grab you from the first page and not let you go.

Who will like this book?: Adventure fans of all ages will love this book. Fans of dystopian fiction (meaning, set in a not-so-nice future world) and adventure stories. People who like heroes who are not so perfect. Anyone who thinks reality TV is just a little bit scary to begin with.

If you like this, try this: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The Compound by S.A. Bodeen.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Little Brother

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Title: Little Brother

Author: Cory Doctorow

Summary: After a terrorist attack in his hometown of San Francisco, Marcus and his friends are detained in a Department of Homeland Security prison. After days of mistreatment and brutal questioning, he is released and finds his city, and his family, changed. Everyone is being watched and tracked in the city, on foot, on the subway, in their cars and in the classroom. Marcus decides he wants revenge, and decides to use his skills as a hacker, and his playful personality, to get the job done. Along the way he loses friends, meets a girl, and becomes a revolutionary hero.

Set in a not-so-distant future, this is a book that uses gadgets, tech-speak and a hefty dose of humor to disguise what is really a serious story about the grey area between freedom and privacy. As in the book that inspired it’s title, the government is out of control and not to be trusted, and it is up to everyday people to fight it and regain the freedoms most of us take for granted.

Who will like this book?: Fans of dystopian books (where the future is worse than today) like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Anyone who has ever freaked out thinking about how cool it would be to hack their  XBox.

If you like this, try this: Feed by M.T. Anderson. Icecore by Matt Whyman. 1984 by George Orwell.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Never Let Me Go

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Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Summary: Set in a not-too-distant future England, students at Halisham live a typical boarding-school life: classes and friendships, romances and secrets. They are aware of the wider world around them, yet they are kept separate from it. The kids at Halisham already know their role in the future.

The students are clones, their sole purpose on the planet is to one day donate their organs to people until they are no longer viable. But when you can feel love, fear and rejection, can you truly be called something less than human? This is a powerful yet subtle book about memory and what it means to be alive.

Who will like this book?: People who like their stories with just a touch of fantasy (or just a touch of horror, depending on how you feel about clones.) If you like books that don’t spell it all out for you, but force you to come to your own conclusions, this is a good choice.

If you like this, try this: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian