Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 in 2010: It's the End of the Year as We Know It: Librarian Katherine's Apocalyptic Booklist

Welcome Katherine (not Kady or Katie, just fyi)! Youth Services Librarian Supreme, we are happy to welcome her here with a seriously serious collection of titles. She's got such a sunny personality, we had no idea she liked her YA so dark!

Hello dear TATAL readers. This is Katherine, Youth Services Librarian at Westover Library,  coming at you with a list of my top Apocalyptic, or otherwise devastating, books of the year.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher is a book full of twists. Finn is stuck inside the living prison, Incarceron, while Claudia, daugher of the Warden of Incarceron, is stuck outside in an oppressive world halted in time. A crystal key allows them to communicate with one anotherCan Claudia help Finn escape from a prison she can not find? The sequel, Sapphique, will be out December 28th!

Numbers by Rachel Ward follows Jem and her friend Spider on their run from the law. The thing is when Jem looks at people, she sees the date they're going to die. This is obviously an issue but becomes a bigger problem when it causes her to anticipate a terrorist attack and she and Spider end up looking like they knew what was going to happen. The sequel Numbers 2: The Chaos comes out next spring.

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony is about Molly McClure who lives on a Canadian island, plays the fiddle and is on a mission to pick up her grandpa from Portland. Too bad the world economy is in shambles and the bureacracy, mafia, and her lack of funds will make her journey nearly impossible.

Maze Runner by James Dashner begins as Thomas is lifted by elevator into "the glade" where more than thirty boys stand staring at him. The boys are stuck in the middle of a giant maze, out of which they can find no exit. The tides change when a girl shows up in the elevator and changes their world forever. The sequel, The Scorch Trials, continues the thrilling story and involves people infected by a disease looking for human flesh to chomp... if you like that sort of thing! 

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is about a girl who has Asperger's Syndrome , which is a type of Autism, and has just lost her brother in a school shooting. She has a hard time dealing with the loss, especially when she struggles in her own way to find a way to help herself and her father cope. 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Spunky Katniss is at it again, fighting with her team of rebels. Will the Capitol ever crumble? Will Katniss figure out which boy is the right one for her? The war and the love triangle continue in this finale to the Hunger Games trilogy.

Ship Breaker By Paolo Bacigalupi follows Nailer, a boy who crawls into beached tankers in order to salvage their scrap parts. It's a dangerous job and life on the beach is far from glamourous. Then a huge storm wrecks a ship of a wealthy family on the beach and Nailer has to decide if he should take the spoils and run or help the girl he finds on board. This book is very violent and therefore not for the faint of heart. 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Gemma is kidnapped from a Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian outback. There is no one around for miles and no way to escape, although Gemma does try. As time goes on, Gemma starts to feel sympathetic to her captor, Ty. Will she ever escape?

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer is the third in the Last Survivors series. It brings Miranda from book #1 and Alex Morales from book #2 together. A completely indulgent, apocalyptic survival narrative. 

 Start your new year off right with books about taking the world into your own hands with politics, environmentalism, and activism. On display in the teen area at Westover Library in January! The revolution starts now! 

-- Thanks Katherine!

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