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Young Adult Fiction

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

Cover of 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness

"Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss."

This book was simply stunning, powerful in ways I did not expect, and I could not put it down. I highly recommend it for anyone, but especially people who have experienced loss.

Recommended by - Michael DiMuzio, Youth Librarian

Horror

The Fireman - Joe Hill

Cover of 'The Fireman' by Joe Hill

"The people in charge can always justify doing terrible things in the name of the greater good. A slaughter here, a little torture there. It becomes moral to do things that would be immoral if an ordinary individual did ‘em."

The brilliant Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, and the comic book Locke & Key) has another winner in his most recent novel The Fireman. A terrifying new plague of unknown origins has spread like wildfire across the globe, millions of people are infected with this deadly and beautiful Dragonscale. The infection is highly contagious and untraceable until it's too late, the rich black and gold markings appear on the infected before causing them to burst into flames. There is no antidote, no known prevention of infection. No hope.

After being infected, nurse Harper Grayson finds herself on the run from her crazed husband who blames her for his own infection and is taken in by a mysterious man known only as the Fireman who has somehow managed to control the Dragonscale and use it as his own power, protecting those who have learned to live in harmony with the disease from the uninfected who mean to exterminate them.

Joe Hill has a gift for written word, able to create vivid and compelling worlds with his fluid paragraphs. Despite its bulk, The Fireman is a quick and intense read that leaves a burn in your heart long after it's over.

Recommended by - Ren, Staff member

General Interest Fiction

The Nightingale - Hannah, Kristen

Cover for 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

There are many books dealing with women during World War II. This story stands out due to the beautifully crafted sisters. Kristin Hannah has written many wonderful books, but this is among her best work.

With courage, grace, and powerful insight the author captures the epic panorama of World War II, and illuminates an intimate part of history: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion, and circumstance while each embarks on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France - a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilliance of the human spirit, and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

Recommended by - Martha Rogers, Assistant Librarian

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