Odds are good that if you enjoy reading young adult fiction, you’ve probably heard of Neal Shusterman and his series Arc of a Scythe, but his stand alone dystopian Dry, which he co-wrote with his son, might have flown under your radar. Dry starts with a severe drought happening in Southern California and, as you can imagine, people are starting to get a bit hostile (think toilet paper hoarding, but worse and more violent). So when Alyssa’s parents don’t come home one night, she’s got to fend for herself and her little brother. What will happen when people get desperate for water? I guess you’ll have to read it to find out. I’ve heard whispers this will eventually hit the big screen too!
Some of you might not be too keen on reading about realistic dystopian novels, but if you like the sound of Dry, I’ve got a couple more books you might want to check out. In the novel H2O by Virginia Bergin, the crisis is not only about a water shortage in London, England, but rain. Specifically rain that carries a foreign bacteria that kills whoever touches it or drinks it. Sounds absolutely terrifying if you ask me. Now Ruby, our main character, is all alone and has no choice but to hike across England in search of water, her father and a chance to survive of course.
Now if that novel isn’t quite right, there’s always Wilder Girls by Rory Power. In this chilling mystery, the girls and staff at Raxter School for Girls are under quarantine (sound familiar?) because of a deadly virus called the Tox. The Tox started with their teachers and is slowly infecting the students… and of course, it has made the woods surrounding the school ten times more frightening. But when one of the students suddenly goes missing, our main character Hetty decides to break the quarantine and risk her life to find her friend. Will she find the answers she needs or just more questions? I’m guessing more questions, but you won’t know until you check this book out!
Looking for more drama and heightened anxiety? The novel Internment by Samira Ahmed is about a futuristic USA in which Muslim Americans are forced into internment camps. It’s a scary place, obviously, and our fierce main character Layla is determined to expose the conditions of the camp and free herself and those who are detained in it. But she needs a little help from the inside and the outside to accomplish that. You’ll have to read the book to find out if it ends on a happier note than this summary began on.
Lastly, I’m going to recommend the novel When We Were Lost by Kevin Wignall, which focuses more on wilderness. A plane headed for Costa Rica suddenly crashes and leaves nineteen teenagers stranded with not a clue about what to do and how to survive. One teen, Joel, takes the lead since he is the son of a local politician and is on the student council. But his leadership doesn’t go as well as everyone hoped… in fact, it possibly does more harm than good. Which means their last hope for survival is Tom – he really just wants to be left alone, but he might be their only chance of rescue.
If you would like to check out any of these books about survival, crisis and/or the end of the world, just click the links above. You can place them on hold with a few clicks of the mouse. Once you’ve been notified that they’re ready, you can head to your local KDL branch and pick them up curbside! Or if you’re more of a digital reader, you can check them out via Overdrive or Hoopla! And if you didn’t like any of these books and want some lighter reads, don’t worry! We post a new blog post every week OR you can utilize our personalized picks option. Happy reading!!!
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