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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I was looking for a scifi or fantasy book to read to the kids and saw this.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 323 pages

Setting: a near-future Louisiana

Summary: Short version: Nailer decides to save the swank girl he finds in a wrecked ship Continue reading

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The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

I heard about this on episode 187 of What Should I Read Next and was intrigued by the idea of post-apocalyptic Japanese science fiction. Since I’m trying to add more countries to my reading list, and it got me a T author, I decided to read it before the end of the year.

Published: 2014 in Japan, 2018 in the U.S.

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 138 pages

Setting: a near future Japan

Summary: Short version: Yoshiro is raising his great-grandson in a post-apocalyptic Japan Continue reading

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

This is the newly released sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood’s writing and have read many of her books (at least the newest stuff). When I saw this on the new book shelf at the library, I snapped it up.

Published: 2019

Genre: post-apocalyptic

Length: 415 pages

Setting: Gilead, in what used northeast U.S., and Ontario, Canada, after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, near future

Font: Hoefler Text

Summary: Short version: Women’s life in Gilead as the society is slowly undermined Continue reading

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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I wanted to read this book after watching the Will Smith movie. My husband had listened to the book and recommended the audio book to me.

Published: 1954

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 324 pages

Setting: Los Angeles, near future

Summary: Short version: The only human survivor of a vampire plague tries to survive Continue reading


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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Our family watched the movie recently. I’ve been intrigued by the series for a while and took the movie as a push to read the book. Bonus, it was available as an audiobook.

Published: 2009

Genre: YA scifi/post-apocalyptic

Length: 384 pages

Setting: a constructed maze, near future

Summary: Short version: The boys in the Glade need to figure out how to get out of the Maze Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #41: Scifi and Fantasy

I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.

First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.

Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.

And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My husband picked this up as an audiobook for the family because Peter Jackson turned it into a movie.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 373 pages

Setting: a post-apocalyptic, barely recognizable future Asia

Summary: Short version: London’s attempts to gain power causes many deaths Continue reading

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