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#1

What do readers say about Oryx and Crake?

engaging and thought-provokingdirect and without ostentation

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to sur... Read more about Oryx and Crake

Snowman wakes before dawn. He lies unmoving, listening to the tide coming in, wave after wave sloshing over the various barricades, wish-wash, wish-wash, the rhythm of heartbeat. He would so like to b...

#2

What do readers say about The Hunger Games?

clear, engaging prosesimple writing with flair

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl b... Read more about The Hunger Games

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in wi...

#3

What do readers say about The Road?

propulsive and never meanderssparse and stark

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. I... Read more about The Road

When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone be...

#4

What do readers say about The Handmaid's Tale?

provocative discussionvery thought provoking

#1 New York Times bestseller

Includes an introduction by Margaret Atwood.

An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from "the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction" (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring... Read more about The Handmaid's Tale

We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formerly played there; the hoops for the basketball nets ...

#5

What do readers say about Wool?

a page turnereasy to get immersed in

"One of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World."

-Daily Express

The first book in the acclaimed, New York Times best-selling trilogy, Wool is the story of mankind clawing for survival. The world outside has g... Read more about Wool

#6

What do readers say about Brave New World?

satirical and disturbinglots of memorable quotes

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to pas... Read more about Brave New World

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRALLONDONHATCHERY ANDCONDITIONINGCENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABIL...

#7

What do readers say about The Maze Runner?

adventurous and unexpectedstilted and repetitive

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out-and no one's ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl ar... Read more about The Maze Runner

Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead desp...

#8

What do readers say about The Stand?

detailed and involveduncut and without alterations

When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and ... Read more about The Stand

Hapscomb’s Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston. Tonight the regulars were there, sitting by the cash register, drinking beer, talking...

#9

What do readers say about The Passage?

lyrical and engrossingcharacter-driven or setting-driven

"It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born."

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy-abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the sh... Read more about The Passage

The day Amy was born, her mother, Jeanette, was nineteen years old. Jeanette named her baby Amy for her own mother, who’d died when Jeanette was little, and gave her the middle name Harper for Harper ...

#10

What do readers say about Fahrenheit 451?

a future without booksvery very jumpy

Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Then he met a seventeen-year old gir... Read more about Fahrenheit 451

It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood...

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