• The cover of the book Cat's Cradle

    Cat's Cradle

    Kurt Vonnegut’s weary, cheeky, and wise 1963 masterpiece was such a massive influence on me that I wrote it into my own novel. Researching a book about the day the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, John is drawn into the orbit of the Hoenikker family, propelling this exploration of utopian society, brilliantly irreverent philosophy, the unintended consequences of technology, and the personal connections that bind us and give our lives meaning.

  • The cover of the book Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

    On a snowy day in Toronto, an unstoppable pandemic erupts, sweeping the globe and causing human civilization to collapse. Twenty years later, life is very different, but human nature can only change so much. This compelling, richly imagined story darts back and forth between the two timelines, before and after, following an interconnected group of characters as they struggle to survive and, for those that do, find renewed purpose in a very different world.

  • The cover of the book Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    Six stories nested within one another, each a different genre, set around the world in timelines ranging from the distant past to the distant future, with surprising connections between the characters and eras. It could seem gimmicky, but instead, it’s transcendently beautiful and gloriously insightful about the enduring questions of what it means to be human. David Mitchell’s writing is exact, sweeping, and bold, but also deliriously entertaining.

  • The cover of the book Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth attend Hailsham, a boarding school in England. In many respects, they are normal teenagers. But in one crucial respect, they are not—because they are clones raised to provide organs for real human beings. Of course, what makes a human “real” is one of the many complex questions raised with oblique elegance and heartbreaking depth in Booker Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s unforgettable novel.