• The cover of the book The Eyre Affair

    The Eyre Affair

    Any book can be used as a weapon in this alternate-history 1985, when brilliant criminal Hades uses the Prose Portal to jump between literary works, change the endings in every single copy, and trap other people in fictional worlds. Literary detective Thursday Next must hop from book to book chasing Hades and deciding which changes are worth keeping.

     
  • The cover of the book The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    One of the best aspects of Atwood’s landmark dystopian novel is how one of the most daring acts of subversion that handmaid Offred can commit is playing Scrabble with the Commander. Reading is just one of many signs of independence that have been stripped from women; peeking at something as harmless as a magazine is flirting with danger, while a book means death.

     
  • The cover of the book The Invisible Library

    The Invisible Library

    As a professional spy for the Library, Irene must go undercover in alternate-reality London to steal a copy of “Midnight Requiems,” the first published work from necromancer Balan Pestifer: “by all accounts a fascinating, deeply informative, and highly unread piece of writing.” Problem is, someone has already gotten their hands on the necromancer’s debut, and are likely planning to read and enact its most sinister passages.

     
  • The cover of the book Brave New World

    Brave New World

    A seemingly utopian future that conditions its people to be materialistic and hedonistic necessarily shuffles them away from any sort of literature that would cause them to develop individualistic ideals. Of course, both World Controller Mustapha Mond and the “Savage” John both get their hands on banned books—equally dangerous scenarios.

     
  • The cover of the book Matched

    Matched

    In addition to monitoring households through two-way screens and matching adolescents in arranged marriages, the government in Matched has also streamlined reading material in this dystopian future: Citizens are allowed to read only the Hundred Poems and Hundred Stories. But when Cassia spots two forbidden poems on a piece of paper her grandfather gives her, she memorizes them before destroying the evidence.