This is how I ended the year–a nice big stack of books. Some award winning books at that. With the exception of The Windup Girl, these are Young Adult Science Fiction. The Windup Girl is science fiction too, but definitely an adult book.
If you are familiar with these titles, you may think I spent the year end on a depressing note. (The one thing they have in common is a dystopian future.) However, any book that sucks me in and keeps me reading straight through makes me happy. The Windup Girl and The Hunger Games did just that. So for me, this was a great way to end the year.
It’s not a bad thing to start off a new year with questions and thoughts about where we humans are heading. How long can we play at being gods before we completely destroy our world? What price will future generations be paying for our hubris? Will technology continue to push us into areas where our collective moral compass fails utterly? It’s worth thinking about even if you aren’t comfortable with bleak and brutal portrayals of possible futures.