With Thanksgiving break around the corner, unwind and pick up a thrilling novel to read. Brew a warm cup of hot chocolate, and allow your imagination to run wild. Compiled here is a list of mystery and dystopian novels that will leave your jaw on the floor.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Biopunk
Conflicts between the pro-choice and pro-life movements escalated into a second Civil War. The chilling resolution: the Bill of Life. It illegalizes abortion but allows parents to “humanely abort” their children between ages 13 and 18 through “unwinding,” whereby all of the children’s organs are harvested and donated. When Connor discovers that his parents signed an order for his unwinding, he escapes and encounters Risa and Levi, fellow escaping Unwinds. Connor attempts to keep them all one step ahead of the police, but betrayal is in the near future.
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Eleven years ago, six kindergartners were abducted without a trace. After all that time, five were abandoned by their captor at a park and found maps to their homes in their pockets. None of them remembered who the sixth victim was and was entirely unable to recall where they have been or what happened to them. As the five begin to recover fragments of memory, two of them, along with the sister of the missing child, set out to solve the mystery of their kidnapping.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, LitRPG
Like nearly everyone on the depleted, depressed planet Earth, high school student Wade Watts joins an Easter egg hunt in the virtual gaming utopia known as the OASIS, hoping to reap its hefty rewards: the inheritance of both the company that produced the game and the fortunes of its creator. But what was once just virtual fights become very real as players begin targeting each other in real life for this unbelievable prize.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Five students were sent to detention, but only four left. Simon Kelleher, who runs a popular gossip app, is found dead in the classroom, leaving the four students as murder suspects. Not only were the students present when Kelleher died, they also all had devastating secrets that Simon planned to publish. The students take it upon themselves to find the real killer, but they end up unraveling each other’s secrets, leaving them all confused as to whom they can trust.
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological
One night, the Tanner sisters were believed to have ran away from home and disappeared. Three years later, Cassandra returns without her sister, Emma. She talks of kidnapping and isolation, and a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something does not add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Winter uncovers how one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.