Top 5 Saturday is hosted by Mandy over at Devouring Books
The Upcoming Schedule Is:
2/1/20 — Dystopian Books
2/8/20 — Mental Illness
2/15/20 — Books about Mermaids
2/22/20 — Books about Spies
2/29/20 — Books inspired by Mythology
Ark (Forward Collection #1) by Veronica Roth
It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalogue plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.
Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.
As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.
Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
This is a series of short stories from different famous sci-fi authors which caught my attention a little while ago. The other authors in the series include Blake Crouch and N. K. Jemisin. They are all on Kindle Unlimited so I’m hoping to get to them soon.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorise human thoughts and desires.
I’ve always had an interest in where science and technology will take the human brain so I’m excited for this.
Masterclass by Christina Dalcher
The future of every child is determined by one standardised measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and parents are happy.
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year old daughter fails her next monthly test, her Q score drops to a disastrously low level and she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal school hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena knows intimately the dangers of failure in their tiered educational system, but as a mother who just lost her child, all Elena wants is to be near her daughter again. And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.
Even though I’ve just posted the synopsis here I haven’t fully read it as I want to go into this book knowing as little as possible. I really enjoyed Vox so I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake
This has been on my TBR for so long and I finally have the physical copy of the book, so let’s hope I get to it at some point this year.
The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
A few months ago I listened to Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young and I loved it! So when I found out that she had already written a dystopian series I knew that it had to be added to my list.
If you have any recommendations for dystopians then I would love to hear them.
See you in the next one…