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Manor Farm is like any other English farm, expect for a drunken owner, Mr. Jones, incompetent workers and oppressed animals.
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Fed up with the ignorance of their human masters, the animals rise up in rebellion and take over the farm. Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain.
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There are no choices. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. A bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic America: a land where no hope remains.
A man and his son walk alone towards the coast, and this is the moving story of their journey. Twenty years after a devastating flu pandemic destroyed civilization as we know it, Kirsten moves between settlements with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive.
Here is the story of Case, a burnt-out software cowboy forced to do one last job in the infinite bytes of cyberspace. The story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles, and Calvin. They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs long thought to be extinct.
There he meets Emiko. She is one of the New People, bred to suit the whims of the rich.
Engineered as slaves, soldiers and toys, they are the new underclass in a chilling near future where oil has run out, calorie companies dominate nations and plagues run rampant. In the rural settlement of Waknuk, David and his cousin Rosalind have a secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as they grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery, or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.
The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions - Candor the honest , Abnegation the selfless , Dauntless the brave , Amity the peaceful , and Erudite the intelligent. Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions.
Her choice will shock her community and herself. In Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.
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Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. It hits New Madrid, Missouri, a sleepy town on the Mississippi.
Seismologists had predicted the disaster Ben is a desperate man. With no job, no money, no way out, and a young daughter in need of proper medical attention, he must turn to the only possibility of striking it rich: participating in a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive. A brilliant scientist constructs a machine which propels him to the year AD , where he finds himself on an idyllic Earth inhabited by the small, incredibly beautiful Eloi. Yet all is not as it seems, and beneath the earth a terrifying, cannibal race are lying in wait. Global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London.
Biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists confront a cityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects compete for domination. In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun. The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag - only to be quickly killed by heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge.
A city is hit by an epidemic of sudden blindness. The authorities segregate the newly-blind and all who have come into contact with them; they are herded into camps by armed guards under instruction to shoot anyone trying to escape. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace, but a band of unlikely revolutionaries may hold the key to survival for the human race.
Very ordinary small boys are marooned on a coral island.
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At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death as ordinary standards of behaviour collapse. In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world It's the 23rd Century and at age 21, your life is over.
Logan-6 has been trained to kill, but his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed Billy Pilgrim survives capture by the Gemans in World War II, the Dresden bombings, and the struggle for financial success only to be kidnapped in a flying saucer and taken to the planet Tralfamadore. Equality is a man apart.
Since The Great Rebirth it has been a crime in his world to think or act as an individual. Even love is forbidden. When he is sent to work as a road sweeper, he stumbles upon a link to the old world that gives him the spur to break free. Mankind was overwhelmed by a plague and Snowman is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human.
In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city. Set in a future U. In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter. Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital.
Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see: everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower.