First Posted: 3/14/2014
Teens: Looking for some literary excitement? Check out these apocalyptic picks from Sandy Longo, Abington Community Library’s head of public service/assistant director.
“The Boneshaker,” by Kate Milford
When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, 13-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and, after investigating, learns that her love of automata and other machines make her the only one who can set things right.
“The End Games,” by T. Michael Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, 17-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.
“This is Not a Test,” by Courtney Summers
Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.
“The Different Girl Paperback,” by Gordon Dahlquist
Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
“Rot and Ruin,” by Jonatha Maberry
The first in a series. In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, 15-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.