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H2O by Virginia Bergin

While post-apocalyptic books are a dime a dozen these days, mid-apocalpse books aren't quite so common. Originally published in the UK as The Rain, this book shows just how fast things can go downhill when a disaster strikes the entire planet. A deadly bacteria renders the rain itself deadly and contaminates every open water source. Even a single tiny drop spells an agonizing death. And there is no treatment or cure. Boiling doesn't kill it and neither does chlorine. People panic, traps are set, there are raids on supermarkets and the homes of those who died early.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Even though this book is not being published until October 6, I got my hands on an advance copy and was so excited. First, if you haven’t read the Chaos Walking series, I strongly encurage you to find time ASAP and get on it. Ness is really good at writing characters that I can engage with.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

It’s the end of the world on Earth, and humans toil to terraform Mars and make it their new home planet. That is, humans that are of the Red class. Life on Mars isn’t the same for everyone, and people are divided into socio-economic classes that include the ruling Gold, powerful Obsidians,  and the mining Red. Part Hunger Games and part Game of Thrones, Red Rising focuses on a young man named Darrow, a Red who strives for something more than the mining life of his people.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Good books are about everything, abbreviated. Austin (but his best friend calls him Porcupine) is in love with Shann. Robbie came out of the closet in seventh grade. Austin and Robbie have been friends forever, and Austin is realizing that he also has sexual feelings for Robbie - complicated! Wait, did I mention that this is a story about the end of the world, brought by unstoppable soldiers that are over six feet tall and look a lot like praying mantises? All the soldiers want to do is kill and have sex. Lots of sex.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

After having embarrassed a prominent member of her small hometown, Evie O’Neill is sent off to New York City to live with her eccentric uncle Will, who is the head curator at a Museum for the Supernatural. With the background set in the vibrant times of the 1920’s, we learn that Evie has the ability to “see” the last thing that happened to any item she touches. When her uncle is called to a murder scene to investigate a cryptic symbol, Evie is suddenly thrown into a mysterious supernatural murder.

Inhuman by Kat Falls

Lane lives a life of protection and privilege behind the 700 foot Titan wall.

Reboot by Amy Tintera

176…177…178…Wren’s eyes wrench open, revealing eerie blue irises not altogether human. The doctors halt in their tracks, not entirely sure how to handle this…creature. No one had stayed dead that long …and came back to tell the tale, that is. Wren is the latest child to be “rebooted” – having succumbed to the viral plague and fallen dead for 178 minutes before reviving. Now more machine than human and nigh indestructible, Wren-178 is chained and dragged off to the facility to await training as part of the government’s elite reboot army.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine Ellery lives in a world where females die of "the virus" shortly after their 20th birthday and males die at 25. Society is in chaos: an overabundance of hungry orphans, crime, poverty, and girls who disappear to become young, child-bearing brides for rich men. Ellery is stolen by Gatherers and becomes a prisoner in an elaborate mansion with three other brides, while her twin brother is left to defend their family home alone. If you've been looking for a new YA dystopian series (this is the first book of three in the Chemical Garden Series), look no further!

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Mahlia and Mouse are refugees in a dark, dystopic future America. The relative calm of their war-torn lives is shattered when they discover a wounded bioengineered war beast named Tool hunted by a squad of young war boys led by a psychopathic lieutenant. Mouse is captured by the squad and Mahlia faces an impossible decision: risk her life to save a friend or flee to freedom. A fast-moving adventure tale of love, loyalty and changes of heart.

Reached by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

The final volume in the Matched trilogy.  The Rising has begun with an epidemic which mutates into a pandemic. Cassia's sorting ability, Xander's Physic training and Ky's flying skills give them important roles to play.  The trio is separated for much of the book and experience the governmental upheavals in different ways making the short chapters that shift from one person to the other addictive reading as you learn things that the other characters are unaware of in nearly every chapter.

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