Suzie: Isn't it pretty? Look at all the leaves and the trees and the grass and the wide open space.
Jo: Oh my God, this is perfect!
Suzie: I know, right? There's a fenced in dog park and everything and--
Jo: You'll totally be safe from the zombie apocalypse.
Jo: I'm serious. Look, this is exactly how you'll get out of the city if it's overrun by zombies. [Insert Joanna's plan here. She might kill me if I gave it away. I'm not kidding. She doesn't joke about how she plans to outlive the zombie apocalypse].
And I'm not a zombie. I recently read a zombie novel with the interns and could barely get through the first hundred pages. Not because it was poorly written (it wasn't), but because the descriptions of the flesh and bugs and decay made me feel sick.
But as you might know, I do like post-apocalyptic novels, and there are a slew of good ones coming out in 2011. Here are the top five on my TBR list.
5. XVI by Julia Karr
Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past - one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
I love the thrilling aspect of this premise--staying one step ahead of her mother's killer. And I love the sort of distorted cover image.
4. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Annah's world stopped that day and she's been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.
Except, Catcher has his own secrets -- dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah -- can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?
I've loved Carrie Ryan's post-apocalyptic world every since The Forest of Hands and Teeth which remains one of the only zombie novels that I've enjoyed. I love how no one is ever safe in her books--anyone can die.
3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
While I was reading Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver's debut novel, I had a love/hate relationship with it. I love the writing and the premise, but I hated the main character. And it remains one of the only novels I've been able to constantly think about and love, when I in fact didn't like the main character at all. This is so different from her first novel, so I'm really excited to see what she does with it.
2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
I have everyone else at a disadvantage because, I have read this one. And it's awesome. Like I stayed up reading until 3 am on a Friday night awesome.
And of course...
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.
Or, one choice can transform you.
And I read this one too. OH. MY. GOD. All I can say is...