Dark Futures

By Katy Jacob

From sci-fi to modern classics, these are worlds you wouldn't want to find yourself living in.

  • Bird Box

    2014 by Malerman, Josh

    There is something outside. Anyone who sees it becomes irrationally violent toward themselves and others. Told over two different timelines, this book manages to maintain a constant fear for the reader throughout.

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  • The Power: A Novel

    2017 by Alderman, Naomi

    When women start develop a terrifying power to cause extreme pain and even death in others, the power hierarchy of the world will be upturned.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    1986 by Atwood, Margaret

    Recently adapted into a Hulu series, in the Republic of Gilead women have few rights. They are not allowed to read and Offred, a Handmaid, exists only to attempt to bear children.

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  • Zone One: A Novel

    2011 by Whitehead, Colson

    A zombie novel for people who don't love zombie novels. We follow Mark Spitz through his daily life clearing out buildings of the infected, as well as through his harrowing experience of the original plague through flashbacks.

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  • Annihilation

    2014 by VanderMeer, Jeff

    Area X is a pristine wilderness which appeared suddenly several years ago and is expanding outward. And nearly every expedition sent there has not returned. Those who have have been... changed, and haven't lived for much longer.

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  • Station Eleven

    2014 by Mandel, Emily St. John

    Different characters have intertwining stories in this book which explores a world during and after a massive pandemic destroys much of the world as we now know it.

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  • Steelheart

    2013 by Sanderson, Brandon

    When a cataclysmic event gives random individuals super powers, the country falls into chaos with different Epics controlling cities or wreaking devastation upon everyday people.

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  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    2006 by Brooks, Max

    A collection of stories from all over the world detailing individual experiences with the zombie outbreak.

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  • 1984: A Novel

    2003 by Orwell, George

    The classic examination of a totalitarian government and one man's unexpected struggle to break free.

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  • The Stand

    2011 by King, Stephen

    An error in a biological weapons research facility wipes out 99 percent of the world's population. The Stand is about the journey of those who miraculously survive in a newly dark and horrifying world. Considered Stephen King's great opus, he worked on the Stand for a decade.

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  • V for Vendetta

    2005 by Moore, Alan

    A future England under a violent, fascist government. Adapted into a movie of the same name.

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  • The Hunger Games

    2008 by Collins, Suzanne

    The Capitol controls everyone living in the outlying districts of Panem. In penance for a previous rebellion, each child becomes eligible to be chosen for the Hunger Games—a disturbing annual battle to the death.

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