By: Isabella Cornutt
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Picked by The Oprah Magazine for books to read over quarantine, Graceling is a perfect mix between Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and Divergent. The Young Adult fantasy novel is based in a world where some of the population is gifted in a skill, which could be as harmless as the gift of a green thumb or as deadly as the ability to kill. The captivating premise is assisted by deeply developed characters and profound imagery that paints pictures in the reader’s minds and leaves us wanting more.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
This sophisticated psychological thriller follows a woman who presumably shot her husband numerous times and swears to never speak after that night. A pure mix of work inspired from Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen King, the novel accounts the day before the incident as well as six years after, where our protagonist is held in a mental institution. The slow burn of suspense leading to a devastating twist will leave the readers gasping for air and scrambling for answers.
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
After a deadly virus infects humans and turns them into zombie-like beings, the animal kingdom is forced to learn how to survive the apocalypse. In this hilarious and upbeat genre fusion of apocalyptic doom and amusing one liners, a big mouthed domestic crow and his trusted furry friend comment on human nature. These witty narrators are animals who are on a mission to save the last people on earth while wandering the wastelands that humans left behind. This book can open the reader’s eyes to the technological dependency of our kind while also chuckling in the process.