I live and die by my Kindle, and right now its jam packed with a reading list that would keep my occupied for the next three years or so. We've been busy here at our other job at Retrofit Films working on NBC's new reboot: HEROES REBORN, but while back and forth on flights from LA to Toronto I was able to catch up a little bit. Are these all new releases? Nope - but they're what I've read and enjoyed thus far this year.
First off - A shout out to indie author Jason Gurley and his collection of short stories entitled
DEEP BREATH, HOLD TIGHT by Jason Gurley
I read this book in a single flight, and the stories, while short, are all unique takes on the end of the world as we know it. Instead of focusing on the drama of the destruction, we are often with our characters in space, helplessly watching as Earth is destroyed and made uninhabitable by nuclear war.
Many of these stories were dark, and some were just downright tear jerkers. However, it was a fresh take on a well trod genre. I'd love to see some of these expanded into a longer story.
My next favorite book is on a lot of lists already and has been well publicized and quite popular:
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
The near universal praise for this book has been astounding, but unsurprising to anyone who has read it. It's the rare sci-fi book that gets deemed as "literature" by the masses, but this book deserves it.
It's a spin on plague apocalypse stories (which I have loved since The Stand), where not much time is spent in the actual outbreak, but instead follows seemingly disconnected characters in their lives before and after the apocalypse. It's a beautifully crafted book, and the intertwining of the storylines is unpredictable and refreshing.
Finally, (clearly the past months I have been in an apocalyptic mood), my last pick is:
THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters
This book is a procedural who-dun-it about a detective who doggedly pursues leads in a murder case despite an impending meteor impact that will destroy all human life.
It was a fascinating read and gave me (sometimes too well) the feeling of futility of the lives and actions of these characters. It asks the question of the reader - if you knew that the world and your own life had a time limit (and we're talking only a few months here), then what would you do with the time you had left?
The book doesn't dwell on the maudlin, however. The focus is on solving the crime, and even without the shadow of world destruction, it would be a gripping crime novel. Thanks to Fiona in the Falkland Islands for recommending this to me!