Tuesday, November 6, 2012

And we are finally back...

Well, the world stopped spinning for a while this last week (i.e. no technology!), but the library is back online and so, I hope, are all our readers! Our best wishes and thoughts go out to anyone who was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially those in New York and New Jersey. The library suffered no permanent damage, but was closed for 3 1/2 days, and without internet access for several more.

That being said, what better way to recover from a major storm than by reading some dystopian fiction set in worlds where weather has wreaked its havoc upon the earth?!!! Nothing puts your life in perspective like hearing about someone who has it worse than you. As a wise person once said, "I felt bad about not having any shoes until I met a man with no feet."

Here are 4 novels that will give you the chilly-willies when it comes to bad weather:

XIsle by Steve Augarde
In the fight for survival, anything goes. The floods have come. Some are lucky to be alive. Though they might not count themselves lucky. In the aftermath of global devastation, those left barely survive, living in fear and near starvation. They have lost everything, including their future. But there is one way out: a boat to X-Isle. And Baz is about to take it. (from inside jacket cover)
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The sea has taken everything. Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne -- a girl from the other side of the globe -- is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave. Together the two confront the aftermath of the catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. (from inside jacket cover)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state. For the residents of Wing, an isolated northern island, time is running out. As the sea swallows precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives, they must look beyond their tiny island home for refuge. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead them all in search of new beginnings in this harsh, unfamiliar world. She learns of sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising water, and she is able to convine the islanders that they must find their way to New Mungo, the closest of the New World cities. But upon reaching the mysterious high-tech civilization, they are shut out of the city. Mara must find a way past the walls to save her people, even if it means risking everything. (from inside jacket cover)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota -- and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. (from inside jacket cover)


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