Suicidal teenager Rich Anthony was on his way to step in front of an express train when he spots a battered acoustic guitar left outside an Oxfam shop. Intrigued, Rich postpones his plans, takes the guitar home and teaches himself to play. What happens next changes his life.
Suitable for young adults? This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16-
Trigger warnings: Covid references; homicide with some graphic violence; references
to medical experimentation on humans; swearing; brief animal cruelty (goldfish left
to die); references to suicide and mental illness
Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
About The Warden The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by a state-of-the-art AI named James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated. Behind bricked-up front doors, their every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners. This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally murdered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime. What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James… and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.
The latest book I’ve completed is anything but light holiday reading. In fact, it’s one of the most harrowing books I could pick. This winner of the International Booker Prize, garneringaccolades in France, is a brutal, visceral experience. I appreciate it most for its very effective use of first-person narrative, strong (and again, effective) theme of duality / the double and mesmerizing quality of writing featuring phrases recurring like in a religious litany or chant.
Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16+
Trigger warnings: No
About Ark of the Apocalypse
Earth is on the verge of becoming a dead planet.
The polar ice caps melted long ago, and it’s been decades since the last raindrop fell. Ocean levels rise a dozen meters, and forest fires rage on a global scale. Eleven billion people dying of thirst wage water wars against each other as extinction looms.
Humanity needs a new planet. As Earth deteriorates, the nation states desperately work together to build a mechanism for recolonization. And so the Magellan II is born, the first starship capable of interstellar travel.
The future of the human race is tasked to ten thousand colonists-now homeless but for the vastness of space and the decks of Magellan II. A distant planet offers hope of survival, but it’s a strange, watery world inhabited by giant reptiles.
Humanity is starting over, but survival isn’t guaranteed.