In April we'll be reading Michael Chabon's alternate history novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, but it's time to look to the future. A different future. With the exception of The Circle, all of May's selections below are about a vastly altered future, one in which things have gone awry in the most unpredictable ways. Take a minute to vote for May's book below. The poll will close on April 15th. Happy reading, and don't forget that you can also join our Goodreads group.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)
It's the future, and everything looks different than you'd expect. Unless you expect the future to look exactly like a video game.
The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg (2012)
The extremely popular Swedish YA novel will finally be published on May 1st in English. Part horror, part urban fantasy, the novel centers around a group of high school students who find out that they have something in common, and a greater purpose to serve.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
It's the near future, in what was once the United States of America, now called Gilead. A militaristic and strict society has taken the place of freedom, and things haven't gone very well for women. The Handmaid's Tale was the recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987, and is arguably Atwood's best-known novel.
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
The first and seminal cyberpunk classic, Gibson's first novel won the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Philip K. Dick awards.