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Seattle Picks: Dystopia

High-rise
High-rise By Ballard, J. G. (Book - 2012 ) FIC BALLARD 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 18 on 3 copies

Annotation:Inside huge, futuristic apartment complexes one need never leave the building as all amenities are provided. However, things turn lethal as class warfare erupts, trapping thousands of tenants in a hellish new society.

Broken
Broken By Bigelow, Susan Jane (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC BIGELOW 2011 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3 on 4 copies

Annotation:In an oppressive society that requires registration of superhumans, Broken, a shattered superhuman, and a young man with a secret power must band together to save an infant from totalitarian forces as redemption hangs in the balance.

Brave New Worlds
Brave New Worlds (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC BRAVE N 2011 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2 on 2 copies

Annotation:Civilization will not survive—at least not the way we know it. This collection of short stories that shows the encroachment of a totalitarian society on the individual citizen’s life includes works by Shirley Jackson, Kurt Vonnegut and more.

Stand on Zanzibar
Stand on Zanzibar By Brunner, John (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC BRUNNER 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 12 copies

Annotation:Overpopulation, unchecked government and powerful mega corporations control the world for the rich. Two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum find their lives intertwined as the science of genetics, designer drugs and artificial intelligence converge.

Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower By Butler, Octavia E. (Book - 2007 ) SCI-FIC BUTLER 2007 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:A young woman with empathic abilities joins a group of refugees in Northern California after the country is devastated by disasters. Can she survive the suffering of others she feels so vividly?

The Bird Saviors
The Bird Saviors By Cobb, William J. (Book - 2012 ) FIC COBB 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Amid the backdrop of disease, religious fundamentalism and a giant dust storm, young Ruby Cole attempts to escape becoming the bride of a man twice her age, while protecting her baby from the dangers of a post-apocalyptic Colorado.

The Dog Stars
The Dog Stars By Heller, Peter (Book - 2012 ) FIC HELLER 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 17 on 27 copies

Annotation:After a flu pandemic wipes out most of the population and kills his wife, a man finds comfort in flying his 1956 Cessna around the majestic mountains of Colorado while trying to heal from the devastation.

Wool Omnibus
Wool Omnibus By Howey, Hugh (Book - 2012 ) No Longer Available

Annotation:Residents of an underground settlement are forbidden to talk about the world above ground. Treasonous talk of the upper world is met with the ultimate punishment—cleaning, the clearing away of the only viewpoint of the outside wasteland.

Burn Down the Sky
Burn Down the Sky By Jaros, James (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC JAROS 2011 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2 on 2 copies

Annotation:A family is torn apart after its village is attacked by marauders looking for young girls in the hopes of repopulating a devastated America.

The Games
The Games By Kosmatka, Ted (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC KOSMATK 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the year 2044, nations compete in an Olympic event where genetically engineered monsters fight to the death for the entertainment of all.

Flash Point
Flash Point A Novel By Kress, Nancy (Book - 2012 ) YA KRESS Available in some locations

Annotation:With the United States in a permanent recession, Amy is forced to participate in a reality television show where she is never sure if the dangerous threats are real or manufactured.

Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth [1], Out of the Deep Woods By Lemire, Jeff (Graphic Novel - 2010 ) 741.5971 L5435S01 2010 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Gus, a half-breed human with antlers, must fend for himself in a strange new American landscape. But who can he trust as he searches for a safe habitat where his kind can live in peace?

This Perfect Day
This Perfect Day By Levin, Ira (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC LEVIN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Uni, a vast supercomputer, controls every aspect of human life: when you eat, sleep, work and procreate, but a group of young malcontents plans the overthrow of the AI’s tyranny and the return of freedom for mankind.

The Postmortal
The Postmortal A Novel By Magary, Drew (Book - 2011 ) FIC MAGARY 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 6 copies

Annotation:After a cure for death is found, the problem of limited resources and overpopulation reaches a breaking point as one man tries to stay alive while the future runs amok.

Soft Apocalypse
Soft Apocalypse By McIntosh, Will (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC MCINTOS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A scarcity of resources and a degeneration of an America made complacent by drugs, TV and fast food, creates a society that fails to see the imminent collapse of the world around them, even as things turn deadly.

A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz By Miller, Walter M. (Book - 1976 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:After nuclear war devastates the Earth, a group of monks in the Utah desert quietly works at preserving human knowledge and culture in the hopes of keeping tyranny at bay.

Ball Peen Hammer
Ball Peen Hammer By Rapp, Adam (Graphic Novel - 2009 ) 741.5973 R1822B 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:As the city outside continues to die in violent shudders, Welton holes up in the basement of an abandoned apartment building, but a nightly visitor requires a horrific offering of children for his continued safety.

Blindness
Blindness By Saramago, José (Book - 1998 ) FIC SARAMAG 1998 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:As a virus that causes blindness robs many of their sight, one woman remains immune and thus witnesses the brutal horrors of a society swiftly descending into chaos.

The World Inside
The World Inside By Silverberg, Robert (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC SILVERB 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of interlocking tales depicts the year 2381 where humans spend their lives inside giant hive-like buildings to make room for the 75 billion inhabitants on an overcrowded Earth.

Flashback
Flashback A Novel By Simmons, Dan (Book - 2011 ) FIC SIMMONS 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:America is plagued by flashback, a drug that allows users to relive memories over and over, but flashback addict Detective Nick Bottom must find a way to let go of the past if his son is to have any future.

Lost Everything
Lost Everything By Slattery, Brian Francis (Book - 2012 ) FIC SLATTER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two men in a near-future America, made perilous by climate change and war, navigate the Susquehanna River while opposing armies tear at the fabric of an already frayed society.

Amped
Amped A Novel By Wilson, Daniel H. (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC WILSON 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:When people who have received neural implants that are supposed to “amp” a person’s intelligence and brain function are stripped of their human rights, a powder keg for warfare is ignited that may tear the human race apart.

The Last Policeman
The Last Policeman By Winters, Ben H. (Book - 2012 ) MYSTERY WINTERS 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:With a giant asteroid headed towards Earth, suicides are common and no one digs too deep when it comes to murder. Though law and order are disappearing Detective Hank Palace must find the truth, no matter the cost.

Channel Zero
Channel Zero The Complete Collection By Wood, Brian (Graphic Novel - 2012 ) 741.5973 W85021C 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the Clean Act is passed, which effectively gives the government control of all media, info-terrorists try to subvert the system and wake people up from a society where television and religion are one and the same.

The Disappearance
The Disappearance By Wylie, Philip (Book - 2004 ) SCI-FIC WYLIE 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:An alternating story that shows one world where all men have vanished and one where all women have disappeared. The survivors of each gender react in different, though ultimately tragic, ways.

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