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Science Fiction

Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan

Cover of Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan

Set centuries in the future, Altered Carbon features Takeshi Kovacs, formerly an Envoy, a highly specialized special forces soldier. Mankind has been significantly changed by new technology, called a stack, that is implanted at birth, and keeps an up-to-date copy of the bearer's personality and memories. The ability to switch your stack to a new body, or transfer the information to a new stack, renders people functionally immortal...until their stack is destroyed, resulting in Real Death (RD).

Takeshi has 'died' before, but his most recent demise was especially violent. He is woken up on Earth, far from the world he last inhabited, to do the bidding of an incredibly wealthy and ancient man, Laurens Bancroft. Laurens recently experienced Real Death, and only escaped by uploading a previously stored copy of his stack; as a result, he has no memory of the two days leading up to his RD. The police have ruled his RD a suicide, but Bancroft does not accept that, convinced he was murdered. Kovacs is tasked with uncovering the truth of the matter, and is plunged into a dark and twisted conspiracy. In a world where death has been virtually abolished, life has almost no value, and mankind has engineered even worse fates. Takeshi will need every bit of his training, his will, and whatever allies he can find, to solve the mystery and escape with his life and sanity intact.

Altered Carbon has also been adapted for the screen, and aired on Netflix as a a series of 10 episodes earlier this year.

Recommended by - Don Priest, Library Director

Horror

Final Girls - Riley Sager

Cover of 'Final Girls' by Riley Sager

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street… There’s always a killer, always a tragedy, and always one left behind to carry the burden. The Final Girl. We gain a sense of satisfaction when our heroine finishes off the seemingly immortal slasher but what happens to our leading lady after the bloodshed is cleaned away?

Quincy Carpenter is the youngest of three Final Girls, each survivors of their own horror movie-scale massacres. She ran, bloody and panicked, through the woods surrounding Pine Cottage after a birthday weekend ended in tragedy and now, ten years later, Quincy is doing well. More or less. With a Xanax prescription, repressed memories, her baking blog, and the support of her engaged-to-be-engaged boyfriend as well as the police officer who saved her life all those years ago, Quincy is able to get through her daily life without much fuss or struggle.

That is until Lisa, one of the Final Girls, is found dead and the other, Sam, turns up on Quincy's doorstep after dropping off the grid years ago. Thrown in this sudden direct-to-video sequel, Quincy must figure out who is hunting down Final Girls and why Sam is so intent on making her relive her forgotten past at Pine Cottage.

In his very first thriller, Final Girls, Riley Sager has written a refreshing original take on the beloved Final Girl trope and given us something truly heart-racing to enjoy. Just when you think you've got it figured out, the story pivots and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end.

Recommended by - Ren, Staff member

Graphic Novel

The wicked + the divine. Vol. 1, The Faust act - Kiero Gillen

Cover for 'The Ancient Magus Bride' by Kore Yamazaki

Every ninety years a divine Pantheon is formed. This means twelve humans from around the world get the supreme honor of becoming a host for a god to incarnate into. The gods are varied, from Shinto to Sumerian, and are able to perform “miracles” depending on their individual domains. Overnight, these newborn deities get elevated to popstar status.

They are adored fiercely by their followers, and hated just as equally by their opponents. Some hold concerts and give interviews while others shut themselves off from the world. As diverse as the gods and host humans are, one thing remains for certain. All of the members of the Pantheon will die within two years of being incarnated. . .

Recommended by - Barbara Keresztury, Adult Librarian

Youth Fiction

Deadweather and Sunrise - Geoff Rodkey

Cover for 'Deadweather and Sunrise' by Geoff Rodkey

Screenwriter Geoff Rodkey starts the Chronicles of Egg series off with a bang in this book, incorporating many elements of classic pirate tales and high-seas adventures in a way that feels fresh and accessible. Egg is raised on the island of Deadweather, a forsaken speck of land where the lowliest outcasts cling to a semblance of civilization. People don’t generally go to Deadweather, they wind up there after years of very hard luck. Egg only rarely gets a chance to leave, and never truly expects to live anywhere else, but one day a series of unexpected events seems to change his fortunes for the better. A wealthy family on the prosperous island of Sunrise makes a very generous proposition to his father, and it looks like their lives will be smooth sailing from then on.

Not all is as it seems, however, and when tragedy is revealed to be betrayal, Egg must fight for his life against opponents who have every advantage over him. Unexpected allies and twists of fate all build up to a surprising, unusual, and very satisfying conclusion to this first tale that will leave young readers hungry for more.

Recommended by - Mike DiMuzio, Youth Librarian

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