So the world may be ending today. Read the following novels to prepare yourself for the coming disaster.
The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About–Before It’s Too Late by Laura Barcella
From the Mayan calendar to sandwich-boarded, loud-speakered prophets, there’s never been a shortage of people willing to proclaim that the end is nigh. This fun, fact-filled book explains fifty of the most important doomsday scenarios.
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home–her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go to places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power–and the courage to fight her own inner demons? First in the Riders of the Apocalypse series.
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed–except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school, leaning over her. Ben has somehow brought her back to life. Her revival is only the first puzzle she must solve. Everything that is happening–her accident, a murder of a friend, a strange clock counting down to something, the appearance of Ben–points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, Janelle realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets.
Armageddon by James Patterson
Daniel must face an alien whose origins appear nearer to the depths of Hell than the outer reaches of the galaxy. Number Two on the List of Alien Outlaws is an unstoppable criminal that’s slowly been amassing an underground army of dangerous aliens to help him enslave Earth’s population. And it’s all in preparation for the arrival of Number One, the most powerful alien in the universe and Daniel’s arch-nemesis. But for the first time in his life, Daniel isn’t alone in his fight. He’s connected with several military and intelligence groups–including the daughter of a prominent FBI agent. Be prepared for a truly epic battle that evokes the ancient prophecies of Armageddon!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone–one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship–tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets.
So This Is How It Ends by Tui Sutherland
In New York, Kali wakes to an empty subway car, and an even emptier city. Venus and Gus survive an earthquake in Los Angeles and realize they have to deal with more than just the aftershocks. In Chile, Tigre finds himself in an unfamiliar jungle, and strangely not alone. And Amon, in Egypt, can see his path but is blind to the full picture. They are suddenly trapped in a deserted world, five teenagers with no hope of escape. Why have they survived? What force-or intelligence-connects them? Drawn inexorably toward one another, they only know their future involves an experience outside anything they could have imagined.
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