Winter Reading Day 6 (and 7): Cyborgs, Chimps, Shipwrecks, and Surveillance

Since there’s no meeting tomorrow (break a leg, Hill Top Performers!), I have four book recommendations for today.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. In this story, Cinderella is a mechanic and a cyborg.

In Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel, Ben Tomlin gets a new baby brother. The catch: the baby brother is a chimp.

Terry Pratchett’s Nation follows a group of natives and shipwreck survivors on an island after a giant wave turns everything upside down. The video features Pratchett talking about the process of writing this book and the obstacles he faced.

Finally, there is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. This is a retelling of 1984 in San Francisco in the not too distant future. A group of high school students are caught on the street after a terrorist attack and are taken to “Little Gitmo” for interrogation. Although they are released, they are under constant surveillance by the government. Marcus uses his hacker skills to work around the surveillance and to try to save his friend Darryl. Here’s Doctorow talking about the book:

If you would like to read this book and you have an e-reader of some kind, you can download a full copy of the book (legally!) from Doctorow’s site. And look for Homeland, the sequel, in February (a book which I have added to my “irrationally excited” bookshelf on Good Reads).


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