Seattle Picks: Dystopia

High-rise By Ballard, J. G. Book - 2012 FIC BALLARD 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 8 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 By Bigelow, Susan Jane Book - 2011 SCI-FIC BIGELOW 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 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

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: 2 on 11 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 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 17 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 Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 26 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

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

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 Holds: 4 on 1 copy

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: 1 on 4 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

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 By Saramago, José Book - 1998 FIC SARAMAG 1998 Available in some locations Holds: 1 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 A Novel By Simmons, Dan Book - 2011 FIC SIMMONS 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 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 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 Available in some locations

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 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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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