Binnen het genre science fiction zien we bepaalde thema’s vaak terugkeren. Eén daarvan is het bestaan van een koepel, waaronder zich vaak een complete stad bevindt. Vandaag deel ik mijn favorieten met jullie.
Gone – Michael Grant
“In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.
There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…”
De Gone serie van Michael Grant is echt fantastisch. Het verhaal is spannend, kent oneindig veel onverwachte plotwendingen en combineert paranormale elementen met science fiction. Een aanrader voor eenieder die de serie nog niet gelezen heeft!
Pure – Julianna Baggott
“Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost–how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss–maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again. “
In Pure krijgen we te maken met twee gescheiden leefwerelden. De Pures leven in de Dome, terwijl de Wretches hierbuiten moeten overleven. Ik vond deze serie echt heel erg goed. De personages en de world building zijn heel rauw, heel echt.
Breathe – Sarah Crossan
“When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from?”
Het is alweer lang geleden dat ik deze duologie van Sarah Crossan las, maar deze boeken – met onwijs mooie covers – wisten enorm veel indruk op mij te maken. De verscheidenheid aan personages en de originaliteit van het verhaal maken Breathe tot een echte page turner.
Under the never sky – Veronica Rossi
“Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.”
Under the Never Sky was een vermakelijk boek, maar zeker geen topper. Naar mijn mening had het verhaal daarvoor onvoldoende diepgang. Daarnaast vond ik het jammer dat we juist weinig te kwamen over het leven binnen de koepel; het boek focust zich voornamelijk op de wereld erbuiten.
Ken jij nog boeken die zich afspelen onder een koepel?