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The Hard Tomorrow By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463738
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 8th, 2019

Eleanor Davis is one of the greatest comics artists alive and her latest book is a heartfelt exploration of the fears and hopes of a new mother as she contemplates a society facing momentous change. It’s a book that anyone who loves great comics should have.

Review by Stephen

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062694065
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

I’ve been struggling with how to describe this novel, other than it’s often quiet and pensive for a “dystopian” story. Finally, I came to the conclusion (after 3 pages of notes) that it needs to be read because of the struggle it shows and invokes in us. That may not be very helpful, but as stubborn and intellectual Cedar says at the start, “...maybe you’ll understand. Or not. I’ll write this anyway…” After all, how do you speak about a possible life in a world unknown to you?

Review by Katelynn

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe By Ally Condie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147510662
Published: Penguin Books - November 10th, 2020

Unmoored by the loss of her first love, Poe Blythe has created deadly armor to protect the Outposts last dredge as it sets sail to pan for gold. Led by a man known only as The Admiral, Poe's grief and anger serves a purpose. But when her ship is attacked by drifters downriver, Poe's faith is tested. Why do the drifters hate the dredge?

Poe's survival depends on more than her engineering skills, but who can she trust?

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M.F.K. By Nilah Magruder  Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683830047
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Insight Comics - September 26th, 2017

Kickbutt protagonist Abbie has superpowers that get her in trouble wherever she goes, but she's trying to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. Magruder's art style shifts seamlessly from lush and expansive to quirky and expressive as she respectively focuses on world- and character-building. For fans of Marjorie Liu, Faith Erin Hicks, and those who wish Cece Bell's El Deafo was set in a dystopian desert wasteland. 

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Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine By Kelly  Sue DeConnick, Robert Wilson IV (By (artist)), Taki Soma (By (artist)), Valentine De Landro (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robert Wilson IV (By (artist)), Taki Soma (By (artist)), Valentine De Landro (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781632153661
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

Deconnick and De Landro have created a brutal, unapologetic mashup of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the 1975 dystopian sci-fi action film “Rollerball”. They have taken the struggle of marginalized people everywhere, that daily struggle to insist that others recognize our humanity, and channeled it into the cerebral, violent feminist exploitation comic of my dreams. Buy it for the 16 year old girl in YOUR life. 

Review by Anje

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Who Fears Death By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756406691
Published: DAW - June 7th, 2011

Who Fears Death is the story of Onyesonwu, a girl and powerful sorceress born into a terrible legacy in near-future dystopian Africa. Onyesonwu undertakes a quest for revenge that turns into something much more complex; along the way, she must fight for acceptance, equality, friendship, and to make peace with her fate.

Review by Christina