Thursday, December 4, 2008

Introducing 5 (because 6 would be ridiculous)

Looking for something to read? Our new occasional feature 5 (because 6 would be ridiculous) is here to help. We are going to provide themed lists of books or websites on a semi-regular basis. But wait, that's not all! A printable list is attached that you can share with your class or your friends. Sweeeeet...
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Five Stories About Fighting Back.
F D637L Little Brother. Doctorow, Cory.
Immediately after being attacked by terrorists, San Francisco is turned into a police state run by the Department of Homeland Security. When a group of teenage hackers are falsely accused of aiding the terrorists, they fight to take back their city by creating a network called the Xnet, a movement that threatens to take down the Department of Homeland Security itself.

F M364t Tomorrow, when the war began. Marsden, John
Seven teenagers return from a camping trip to discover that their country has been invaded by a foreign power. Do they turn themselves in so they can be with their families? Go back to the woods and hide? Or do they stay and fight using guerilla warfare? Seven against an army seems like unlikely odds. Or are they?

F O79n 1984. Orwell, George.
1984 is set in an imaginary future world that is dominated by three nations that are constantly at war. Disagree with the government or have an independent thought and prepare to be re-educated by the Thought Police. Winston Smith decides to take on the government (otherwise known as Big Brother.) Will he survive or will he conform?

F P153f Fight Club. Palahniuk, Chuck.
Life is meaningless for the unhappy narrator until he meets Tyler Durden. Together they start a club designed to help its members relieve their frustration and disconnection by having bare fisted fights. Soon, similar clubs begin sprouting up around the nation. Tyler seems to have started a revolution and things are about to get a whole lot more dangerous.

F W526u Uglies. Westerfeld, Scott.
Want to have peace and harmony? Make everyone beautiful like movie stars. In this imagined future, when you reach the age of 16, you undergo plastic surgery to change your appearance so that you will match an ideal standard of beauty. Tally Youngblood can’t wait to turn 16 until she meets a group of people who refuse the operation. But would anyone not want to look perfect?

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