5 Books that I Recommend Reading this Fall
There is something about fall that helps me to relax and makes me want to read. It is also the beginning of the holiday season and I get ample time to pick out the books of my choice and to enjoy reading them during my vacation. Mostly, I like reading science fiction books and dystopian novels but I want to experiment with more genres in the future. My favorite books include The Maze Runner written by James Dashner and The Hunger Games series authored by Suzanne Collins. This fall I have picked 5 books that are a mix of different genres. They are also a mix of old and new releases.
1. War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi (2019)
The synopsis of War Girls took me by surprise and I have put it at the top of my to-read list. It is an added incentive that this book has a futuristic setting and a scientific premise. This will be the first time that I’ll be reading a book by Onyebuchi but I have heard good things about his previous books Beasts Made of Night and its sequel Crown of Thunder.
War Girls is set in 2171 in a Black Panther-inspired Nigeria. The earth has been ravaged by extreme climate change and nuclear wars. The battles are fought using air-borne machines and soldiers are fitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to shield them from the severe, radiation-ridden climate. Amidst the year-long civil war, the sole aim of life is to survive. The book is a tale of two sisters Onyii and Ify, who dream of a future where they have a better life full of hope and peace.
They are willing to fight against all odds to achieve it.
2. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (2019)
I was interested in the series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children after watching the movie adapted from the first book. I am delighted to say that the first book was as good as the film. The series consists of four books released till date, the latest of which is A Map of Days.
It is a sequel to the first three books namely Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Hollow City (2014), and Library of Souls (2015) and the first of the trilogy of books from the series set in America. Apart from the mesmerizing storyline, another thing that I love about these books, are the covers and the vintage pictures. They make the story even more spine-chilling.
In this installment, Jacob is back in Florida after dealing with and conquering the threats that were set to destroy the peculiar world. This is also the place where his story as a peculiar began. Jacob and his friends including Emma and Miss Peregrine take “normalling” lessons and spend their days as carefree peculiars. However, things begin to change when Jacob learns about the dangerous legacy that he has inherited and discovers his grandfather’s subterranean bunker and his double life as a peculiar operative.
Jacob and his friends are forced to get themselves acquainted with the unfamiliar landscape of American peculiardom - a world that none of them know anything about. The challenges are new and numerous. Can the peculiars deal with them? I can’t wait to find out!
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
What if the world you live in is perfect? What if there is no fear, war, or pain in the society?
What if everything is a lie?
The Giver is a dystopian novel by Lois Lowry who has authored many popular kids’ books such as Anastasia Krupnik series, A Summer to Die, and Number the Stars. It is about a 12-year-old boy who lives in an ideal world. He is the chosen one in his world to become the Receiver with special training from The Giver. The Giver is the only person in this world who retains memories from centuries, including true pain and happiness until he trains the next Receiver to become the Giver. Jonas becomes a Receiver and is handed down everything that The Giver has in his memories. He begins to comprehend the horrifying secrets and lies that form the basis of his community, and that could be very dangerous for everyone.
I was glad to know that this book is a perfect read for any kid in middle school or early high school. The book is around 200 pages and therefore easy to finish in a couple of sittings.
4. The Wall by John Lanchester (2019)
This book is a new release and is referred to me by one of my friends who liked it a lot. The Wall is a dystopian fiction as well, but at the heart of the book lies an environmental fable. It is written by John Lanchester who has debuted with The Debt to Pleasure. The book is set in the not-too-distant future that is an extension of our current-world anxieties such as rising seas, anti-refugee populism, post-Brexit scarcity, and intergenerational friction.
The world has been ravaged and divided by Change. An island nation has built the Wall to keep the Others out. Others are a constant threat as they try to escape the land beyond the Wall - where the rising sea is a constant threat - and try to enter the city. Joseph Kavanagh is the new Defender to protect his section of the wall. Failure will result in execution or worse; He will be declared as an Other too. His dilemmas are many and he has to fight with his life to save himself.
I love how more and more books are being written about environmental challenges. I look forward to reading this one at the earliest.
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (2018)
I have been hearing about this book for quite some time now and I want to give it a shot this season. Children of Blood and Bone is a debut from the Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi. This book is a fantasy fiction- released in 2018- and set in a place called Orïsha. It is about magic or the “magi” like Zelie’s mother who could call out to the dead, and control natural elements. One night, magic deserted them after the king murdered her mother and all the magi. Zelie mourned her mother as much as she mourned the loss of her birthright to magic, till she comes across the princess and sets on a dangerous quest to restore magic. There was just one problem.
She didn’t expect the cost of her actions to be higher than she assumed.
The Children of Blood and Bone is one of the most appreciated books of 2018. This tale about dreams, love, and hope has touched many young readers like me. The second book in this series – Children of Virtue and Vengeance has also been released this year. So there won’t be much waiting after I finish the first book in the trilogy.