World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Kathryn’s Pick: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks World War Z is a documentary-like novel that follows the story of multiple survivors left wandering in the decomposing world slowly being overrun by zombies. We as readers get brief glimpses into the lives of these survivors as The Great…

The Wrath and The Dawn

Kathryn’s Pick: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh The Wrath and The Dawn is a beautiful, twisted, and imaginative retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. Luckily, I was not familiar with the original story so I went into this with an unbiased mind and came out loving it! This novel is set…

The Immortal Rules

Kathryn’s Pick: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa “To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness” I honestly went into this book with low expectations because I have read one too many “cliché YA vampire novels”. I am happy to suggest this book because The Immortal Rules turned out to be so much…

The Maze Runner

Kathryn’s Pick: The Maze Runner by James Dashner Before picking up this book I saw The Maze Runner movie adaptation. The movie was interesting but never left me with the urge to pick up the book and discover more. Luckily, I recently changed my mind. After getting through the first few chapters I couldn’t put…

Cinder

Kathryn’s Pick: Cinder by Marissa Meyer “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” This futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella tale brings a whole new light to the idea of fairy tales. Cinder ditches the traditional story of Cinderella and instead places Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, as its lead protagonist….

milk and honey

Kathryn’s Pick: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur This nontraditional take on poetic literature allows the reader to witness the journey of survival though minimalist poetry and art. Kaur creates poems with eloquently flowing line breaks while also captivating her audience in all of the ways traditional poetry would. This collection of poems is separated into…

Stung

Kathryn’s Pick: Stung by Bethany Wiggins Imagine falling asleep in your bed only to wake up in a completely altered version of your world. For one teen that was exactly the case. This novel follows the story of Fiona, a lone girl who woke in her bed with a strange tattoo on her arm in…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Kathryn’s Pick: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot I would like to personally mention that I rarely pick up non-fiction books for casual reading, but the story that is told in this book is one I thoroughly enjoyed. I also believe the topics touched on in this book are important to bring…

Red Queen

Kathryn’s Pick: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ‘‘You are not Silver. Your parents are Red, you are Red, and your blood is red,’’ the queen murmurs, prowling before the bars of my cage. ‘‘You are a miracle, Mare Barrow, an impossibility. Something even I can’t understand, and I have seen all of you.’’     Mare…

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Kathryn’s Pick: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness This novel tells the story of Todd, the last boy in Prentisstown, who will become a man on his 13th birthday. Prentisstown, though, is not your average town – everyone in the town is male and they can hear one another’s thoughts. Now, when…

The 5th Wave

Kathryn’s Pick: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey With a large range of dystopian fiction hitting the shelves right now it’s very refreshing to see a story that takes a genre and brings something completely new to it. This story follows the lives of a few teens and how they each personally deal with the…

The Passage

Kathryn’s Pick: The Passage by Justin Cronin This is a work of fiction that uses the popular literary elements of an apocalyptic setting and vampires but it weaves them in such a way that you almost forget you’re reading sci-fi. Throughout the book, multiple characters share their journey as a mutating virus outbreak threatens to change…