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The Hard Tomorrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463738
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 8th, 2019

Eleanor Davis is one of the greatest comics artists alive and her latest book is a heartfelt exploration of the fears and hopes of a new mother as she contemplates a society facing momentous change. It’s a book that anyone who loves great comics should have.

Review by Stephen

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062694065
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

I’ve been struggling with how to describe this novel, other than it’s often pensive and irregularly balanced for a “dystopian” story. Finally, I came to the conclusion (after 3 pages of notes) that it needs to be read because of the struggle it shows and invokes in us. That may not be very helpful, but as stubborn and intellectual Cedar says at the start, “...maybe you’ll understand. Or not. I’ll write this anyway…” I mean...what do you record for a possible life in a world unknown to you?

Review by Katelynn

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525426455
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Unmoored by the loss of her first love, Poe Blythe has created deadly armor to protect the Outposts last dredge as it sets sail to pan for gold. Led by a man known only as The Admiral, Poe's grief and anger serves a purpose. But when her ship is attacked by drifters downriver, Poe's faith is tested. Why do the drifters hate the dredge?

Poe's survival depends on more than her engineering skills, but who can she trust?

Review by Danielle

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Dry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481481977
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

I've come to expect a certain element of speechlessness every time I finish a Shusterman novel. A few audible gasps, some moments of gripping the pages so tightly in effort not to fall over in terror, etc. – the usual. However, I was not prepared for the thriller/urgent call to environmental action that is Dry. It's terrifyingly relevant to consider the ramifications of living in a world that's out of drinkable water. And the father-son Shusterman duo push this near-future dystopian narrative along around multi-dimensional and complex characters to wrestle with the question of how far desperation can take humans away from their humanity. It's been days since I read it, but I'm still haunted by this book.

Review by Claire

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ISBN: 9781683830047
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Insight Comics - September 26th, 2017

Kickbutt protagonist Abbie has superpowers that get her in trouble wherever she goes, but she's trying to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. Magruder's art style shifts seamlessly from lush and expansive to quirky and expressive as she respectively focuses on world- and character-building. For fans of Marjorie Liu, Faith Erin Hicks, and those who wish Cece Bell's El Deafo was set in a dystopian desert wasteland. 

Review by Niki

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Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632153661
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

Deconnick and De Landro have created a brutal, unapologetic mashup of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the 1975 dystopian sci-fi action film “Rollerball”. They have taken the struggle of marginalized people everywhere, that daily struggle to insist that others recognize our humanity, and channeled it into the cerebral, violent feminist exploitation comic of my dreams. Buy it for the 16 year old girl in YOUR life. 

Review by Anje

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ISBN: 9780756406691
Availability: Unavailable
Published: DAW - June 7th, 2011

One of the most exciting and haunting novels I've had the privilege of reading. Who Fears Death tells the story of Onyesonwu, a girl and powerful sorceress born into a terrible legacy in near-future dystopian Africa. Onyesonwu undertakes a quest for revenge that turns into something much more complex; along the way, she must fight for acceptance, equality, friendship, and to make peace with her fate. Okorafor believably writes scenes ranging from brutal violence to exceptional tenderness with sincerity and care. This is a must-read for anyone who craves sci-fi & fantasy novels that don't flinch from exploring and illuminating realities of our own world in fantastical settings.

Review by Christina

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The Gone-Away World (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389077
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Looking for a funny, sci-fi action story, with more than a touch of madness? Then take a post-apocalyptic-gong-fu-man-with-no-name-romp through The Gone Away World (ninjas, mad-scientists, and large trucks included).

Review by Alex