Wednesday, June 22, 2011

If You Like...

Science-fiction is on the menu today. Including two new titles released within the last few months, both having a “population in crisis” theme. With that in mind, I decided to find other books whose premise is based on an environmental circumstance effecting the future of civilization.

If You liked…

Wither by Lauren DeStefano


What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb — males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.



Then you might like…

Bumped by Megan McCafferty




In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.





The Children of Men by P.D. James (adult book)

 
In the year 2021, the world is a bleak place where all human males have become sterile, and no child can ever be born again. Civilization is giving way to cruelty and despair, and historian Theo Faron has nearly resigned himself to apathy. Then he is asked to join a band of revolutionaries--a move that may hold the key to humanity's survival.




The Kindling by Jennifer Armstrong



In 2007, a small band of children have joined together in a Florida town, trying to survive in a world where it seems that all the adults have been killed off by a catastrophic virus.







The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?



7 comments:

jenniferpickrell said...

Thanks for the list! Sci-fi is one of those genres I don't read a lot of, but I want to, so always looking for new titles

A.J. Mullarky said...

Wither looks really good.. adding to Amazon wishlist :)

Abby Stevens said...

I enjoyed WITHER and BUMPED. Is THE CHILDREN OF MEN the book that the Clive Owen CHILDREN OF MEN film was based off of? Sounds like it... And THE KINDLING reminds me of THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY. Great list!

Krispy said...

Thanks for the great recs! These sound fascinating, and I'm definitely going to have to put a few in my TBR list. :)

Michelle Julian said...

Yes, Abby it is the same as the Clive Owen movie, but of course the book was different.

Sophia Richardson said...

Wither and Bumped were both on my TBR list but I've added the rest now. Sweet. Dystoptastic.

Marquita Hockaday said...

I have been meaning to read Wither and Bumped both...you make them sound even more enticing now :)