After the Contamination --- an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses --- the government rounded up the "Connies" to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government has started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock collars that will either stop the Connies from committing violent acts or kill them before they do any further harm.
Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in Arras, being chosen as a Spinster means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. But once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust.
Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky, only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues behind. During her quest, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander change the game once again.
Will Besting is sent to an institution meant to help patients with crippling phobias. He and six others take turns in mysterious fear chambers, and though they feel emboldened afterwards, they also start developing strange side effects.
Ensnared in a dangerous, ever-deepening mystery, Will Besting must lead his friends through a perilous underground trap masterminded by two devious souls at war with each other. It's a game of cat and mouse, and not everyone will be alive when it's over. Can Will outwit both Rainsford and Goring, ending their reign of fear forever?
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior faces the biggest decision of her life when she must choose which of the five factions to join that make up their society. She has to decide whether to follow in her parents’ footsteps or turn her back on her family and dare to be courageous. But unbeknownst to most, a mutiny is brewing beneath the surface, and their well-ordered society is about to implode.
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH!
The year is 2042. The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson --- a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career --- is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy.
Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now she’s on the run. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert.
Life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya Balachine. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices.
Tris' initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction. Instead, war now looms, and in these times, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable --- and even more powerful. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
In a futuristic, war-ridden United States, 15-year-old June is being trained for military success. When her brother is killed, a young criminal named Day is the prime suspect, and June is set on avenging the murder --- until they both discover the shocking truth.
Love won’t be easy for Clem Ackroyd, a working class boy who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy landowner during the Cold War, when bombs could interrupt the peace and quiet of the English countryside at any moment.
In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with cities, animals are nearly all gone, and drought has taken over so that cloudy water is issued by the quart. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, who grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. She becomes obsessed with it and is determined to somehow find her way there.
Bringing together ORYX AND CRAKE and THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD, this final book in Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community and love. MADDADDAM combines adventure, humor and romance to create a moving and dramatic conclusion to this internationally celebrated dystopian series.
Cassia has always trusted the Society. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he's the one…until she sees Ky Markham's face before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, but when Cassia begins to doubt them, she's faced with an impossible choice: between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
This harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare continues to grow in relevance and power to disturb our complacency as the decades go by. In Winston Smith's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state, Orwell zeros in on tendencies apparent in every modern society, and makes vivid the universal predicament of the individual.
Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story in which water is worth more than gold. Teenager Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all.
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.