Are you a fan of the long-running podcast Welcome to Night Vale?
If you like conspiracy theories, thinly veiled threats, and radio hosts that you're not sure whether or not you can trust, you should read Sabrina by Nick Drnaso.
Have a description of it from Amazon:
Conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right―until it isn’t.
When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.
Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.
Find it in the Teen Room: YA GRN Sab
With 2019 upon us, I leave you with an exciting adventure story, to take with you on your adventure into 2019. What was your favorite adventure-y read of 2019?
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett - YA F Faw
Kamzin grew up in a village on the edge of her kingdom's habitable land. Beyond are the witches' forest and Raksha, a mountain that is ridiculously tall and ridiculously dangerous to try to climb thanks to its frigid weather. But, Kamzin, an intrepid climber, joins River, the Royal Explorer, on his mission to climb Raksha, where the witches' lost city is rumored to have been. Will Kamzin and River and the rest of the time make it? Or will the biting winds and the biting monsters get them first?
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen - YA F Van
Wren is bitter. Wren is angry. Wren is pissed. How dare she be shipped off to the Utah wilderness to camp? How dare she be forced to cooperate with her camp-mates in order to survive? This must be child abuse. But, maybe, a tiny voice that sounds like reason whispers, Wren deserves it. I mean, she has been drinking, smoking pot, lying, and stealing. Maybe this is what Wren needs to help turn her life around. I mean, her parents thought it was worth a shot since they are the ones who kindapped her in the middle of the night to send her to wilderness therapy camp.
Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale - YA F Mac
Bobby Pendragon is a normal 14 year-old boy until his Uncle Press whisks him away through time and space to a new world called Denduron. A new world that is in need of a savior, and, luckily for them, Bobby is to be that savior! Bobby will have to battle strange beings, defeat a magical tyrant, and end a dangerous revolution. Will he be up to the challenge?
City of Saints and Thieves is available for check-out in the Teen Room: YA F And and as an ebook via the Libby app.
What book that you read this year rivals a Michael Bay movie in terms of action?
We've seen the middle school reads in the Lone Star winners, but TAYSHAS is a list curated for high schoolers. And there are some excellent picks on it this year!
We've got this one in spades! You can check-out The Woman in Cabin 10 from the adult fiction section: F War and CD Book F War and as an ebook and eaudiobook from Libby/OverDrive.
What book that you read this year kept you on the edge of your seat?
These espionage thrillers will keep you turning the pages! Some of them are also genre-crossovers, with the authors putting their James Bond-like character in a fantasy or historical setting. Either way, you'll probably learn how to pick a lock!