World War Z – Max Brooks

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The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. “World War Z” is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Max Brooks’ website.

World War Z zombie apocalypse survival guide Pinterest.

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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) – Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Patrick Rothfuss’ website.

Thirteen (The Last Thirteen #1) – James Phelan

untitledI click my fingers and everybody dies.

Sam wakes from his nightmare to discover the terrifying reality. It will come true.

Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents aren’t who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. Nothing will ever be the same again.

With his life and identity shattered, Sam’s salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy. He is in the final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all.

He alone can find the last thirteen.

James Phelan’s website.

The Last Thirteen website.

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Jordan Stryker: Bionic Agent – Malcolm Rose

Jordan StrykerJordan Stryker owes his life to Unit Red, after they saved him from near death and rebuilt him with cutting-edge science. Now a Unit Red Agent with unbelievable powers, Jordan is on a mission: to track down a cyber-terrorist who’s destroying systems and causing death and devastation all over the globe. But now the super-hacker has a new target – Jordan himself – and soon Jordan is in a battle to stay alive. And it seems like the very technology that saved him might now be used to destroy him…

Usborne Children’s Books

Lost Worlds – Andy Lane

LostWorldsCalum Challenger is a boy with a mission: to track down supposedly mythological creatures and capture their DNA. But while Calum and his friends want to save these beings, an aggressive pharmaceutical company wants to wipe them out. In this fast-paced, high-tech story, Calum and a group of misfit mates – a computer hacker, a freerunner, an ex-marine and a girl with a very big chip on her shoulder – criss-cross the globe, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of their enemy.

Tor Books Blog

Itch – Simon Mayo

ItchFourteen-year-old Itch has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he’s had a few … mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone…and help him stay alive?

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) – Rick Yancey

The 5th waveCassie is on the run: from Them. The 5th wave is dawning and, after what has gone before, she cannot afford to trust anyone. Cassie thinks she will only be safe if she hides from other survivors and, of course, Them. However, when she comes across Evan Walker it’s not so easy to stay alone anymore. Especially not if she wants to have any hope of rescuing her brother. Taut and action-packed prose will keep you on the edge of your seat in this, the first instalment of the 5th Wave series.