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Trashlands by Alison Stine
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
“This thought-provoking apocalypse noir fires on all cylinders.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
From the author of Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, a resonant, visionary novel about the power of art and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love.
A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: Garbage is currency.
In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker”, pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.
Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.
When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.
“A harrowing tale that is a natural extension of our current climate crisis…. Highly recommended.” (Booklist, starred review)
The Trouble with Time Travel by Roy Huff
Narrated by Christopher Lane
In the four years since he traveled through time to save the world, Quinn Black has settled happily into life as a new space race billionaire, despite the fact he’s no longer able to travel or loop time.
But before long, things start to go horribly wrong. The system he created to save the planet mysteriously begins to malfunction. His team receives a cryptic message, and he’s hurled back into the past once again…but with a twist. Now, instead of trying to go back in time, he’s desperate to travel in the other direction and get back to the future.
As he joins forces with a young Dr. Green to help him find his way back to 2025, Quinn discovers a sinister plot, one so complex that Quinn may not be able to unravel it. Now Quinn must change the course of history once again, or risk erasing his own.
The Vacuum of Space by Julia Huni
Narrated by Kaitlin Bellamy
It’s a dirty galaxy and someone has to clean it.
Avoiding the wealthy inhabitants on the upper levels of Station Kelly Kornienko is bot-programmer Triana’s number one rule. Well, number two, right after “eat all the chocolate”.
But when one of her cleaning bots finds a dead body, all the rules go out the airlock. A highly connected security agent interrupts her routine with stories of missing bodies, and Triana can’t ignore him; it’s cooperate or find a new job. A girl has to pay the rent, even on a crappy studio compartment.
Working with a shiny detective beats a shuttle dirt-side, so Triana lends her programming skills to Agent O’Neill’s investigation. Together, they find more victims and evidence of a major cover-up.
It will take all of Triana’s technical talents, most of O’Neill’s connections, and some really excellent croissants to stop the murders, save her job, and ultimately, her life.
The Vacuum of Space is the first book in a completed series.
This book was previously published as Murder Is Messy.
Worthless by Carter J. Thompson
Narrated by Joe Hempel
The world ended. The Night killed it.
X is trapped living in the slums of the last remaining city on Earth. He can only venture out beyond the towering walls to scavenge relics of the old world when the sun is up.
At night, like everybody else, he hides inside from the monsters of the shadows…until an unexpected death occurs a little too close to home. With the blame on his shoulders, and trigger-happy guards on his trail, X has no choice but to run.
But the city was never a safe place to begin with, not really, and his only slim chance of survival lies outside the walls, in a landscape empty of humanity – and full of the darkness that wiped it out.
The Missing by Kiersten Modglin
Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella
They disappeared…. That was just the beginning.
When five strangers are abandoned on an island without any idea where they are or whom to trust, their nightmarish new reality begins to unfold.
Someone is lying. Someone is hiding a terrible secret. They’d all do anything to get home…. Wouldn’t they?
As the group struggles to uncover the truth about their mysterious whereabouts, only one thing is certain: Every choice they make on the island will affect the others.
And when they uncover a strange note with a chilling revelation, the group begins to question everything they thought they knew. If they want to make it off the island alive, they’ll have to discover who brought them there and why…before it’s too late.
Contains mature themes.
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau
Narrated by Kenzo Lee, Carolyn Kang
A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.
Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After years of constant work and the sudden death of his mother, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn’t know how to talk to his dad – who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum.
Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake, and she agrees.
As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.
Fan Club by Erin Mayer
Narrated by Stacy Gonzalez
“Mayer lays bare the terrible destiny of a society obsessed with social media stalking and celebrity relationships.” (Julia Heaberlin, best-selling author of We Are All the Same in the Dark)
In this raucous psychological thriller, a disillusioned millennial joins a cliquey fan club, only to discover that the group is bound together by something darker than devotion.
Day after day our narrator searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women’s lifestyle website – entering text into a computer system while she watches their beauty editor unwrap box after box of perfectly packaged bits of happiness. Then, one night at a dive bar, she hears a message in the newest single by international pop star Adriana Argento, and she is struck. Soon she loses herself to the online fandom, a community whose members feverishly track Adriana’s every move.
When a colleague notices her obsession, she’s invited to join an enigmatic group of adult Adriana superfans who call themselves the Ivies and worship her music in witchy candlelit listening parties. As the narrator becomes more entrenched in the group, she gets closer to uncovering the sinister secrets that bind them together – while simultaneously losing her grip on reality.
With caustic wit and hypnotic writing, this unsparingly critical thrill ride through millennial life examines all that is wrong in our celebrity-obsessed internet age, and how easy it is to lose yourself in it.
Winders by Ryan O’Nan
Narrated by January LaVoy, Daniel Sharman
In this stunning debut by actor and screenwriter Ryan O’Nan (Skins, Marvel’s Legion, Queen of the South), time itself can be wound back like a clock. The power of Winding can fix mistakes and prevent disasters. Or, in the wrong hands, it can be used as a weapon against the world….
Juniper Trask is a prodigy, raised under the Council’s strict Code, which allows Winders to exist in secret among average humans. After the shocking murder of her mentor, she is chosen to take his seat on the Council. But as Juniper settles into her new role, cracks of dissension are forming around her, and she uncovers the dark truth behind their power. Juniper has just become a pawn in a game no one knows is being played, and as she begins to question the Code for the first time, her life spirals into a world of danger.
Charlie Ryan always knew he was different, ever since he saved his mother from a horrible car wreck that no one but him remembers. After meeting a mysterious man who claims he has the same ability, Charlie leaves home to chase him for answers. But the world Charlie’s stepped into is more dangerous than he could have imagined. Charlie’s powers are special, and there are those who would kill to get their hands on him.
Now, Juniper and Charlie need each other if they are going to survive the future – no matter which future that may be….
Girl Long Gone by Danielle M. Haas
Narrated by Chelsea Stephens
Monica’s stomach fluttered with excitement as she told the interesting man she’d been flirting with online for weeks all about her weekend plans. He was a great match, and they had so many things in common. But sometimes your life can come down to one single bad decision….
NYPD computer-crimes detective Connor Mitchel’s sister is missing. As he combs through his sister’s life, he realizes Monica might not have been this killer’s first target – or his last. In a twisted game of cat and mouse, Connor thinks he’s finally found the man responsible for his sister’s disappearance. Unfortunately, he’ll first need to convince the shy, distrustful Evelyn Price she could be the next victim tangled in the murderer’s web if she doesn’t agree to help him catch the killer. But just as Connor and Evelyn close in on their quarry, the killer has one last trick up his sleeve that could trap them all….
Contains mature themes.
Ski Weekend by Rektok Ross
Narrated by Katie Schorr
Six teens, one dog, a ski trip gone wrong
Sam is dreading senior ski weekend and having to watch after her brother and his best friend, Gavin, to make sure they don’t do anything stupid. Again. Gavin may be gorgeous, but he and Sam have never gotten along. Now they’re crammed into an SUV with three other classmates and Gavin’s dog, heading on a road trip that can’t go by fast enough.
Then their SUV crashes into a snowbank, and Sam and her friends find themselves stranded in the mountains with cell phone coverage long gone and temperatures dropping. When the group gets sick of waiting for rescue, they venture outside to find help – only to have a wilderness accident leave Sam’s brother with a smashed leg and, soon, a raging fever. While the hours turn to days, Sam’s brother gets sicker and sicker, and their food and supplies dwindle until there isn’t enough for everyone. As the winter elements begin to claim members of the group one by one, Sam vows to keep her brother alive.
No matter what.
Filled with twists, secrets, and life-changing moments, Ski Weekend is a snow-packed survival thriller featuring a diverse cast of teens that will appeal to fans of One of Us Is Lying and I Am Still Alive.
2021 Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction
2021 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Bronze Medal in Young Adult – Thriller
2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Young Adult
Wind Dancer by KC Luck
Narrated by Violet Dixon
If the lights go out forever, can love survive?
Darkness still prevails throughout the world, but Astoria’s Chief of Police Taylor Barnes has everything under control. There is only one more thing she wants to do: marry the always challenging Jackie Scott. Unfortunately, the universe seems to be conspiring against her when a caravan of travelers – led by a sexy and mysterious woman named Rosella Cane – arrives and pirates start attacking cities along the Oregon coast.
Facing the threat of pirates, Major Grace Hamilton must call on the help of the Wind Dancer to chase them down. As much as she hates putting the ship and crew in danger, the outlaws must be brought to justice. The other obstacle is working with the ship’s fiery captain, Meg O’Grady. Close friends but nothing more, Grace longs for a time she can confess her love and won’t, because she knows she will never be enough to make Meg happy.
Doing whatever it takes to get by in the aftermath of the catastrophic solar storm responsible for knocking out power around the globe, Cyd Elliott survives by keeping her life simple. It is not an easy task in the ravaged metropolis of San Francisco, but her needs are few until she hears a scream in the distance.
Naomi Andrews was the ‘”It” girl. Hollywood could not get enough of her, and the movie she starred in was a blockbuster. Everything had been perfect in her life until that night in April, when all the lights went out and stayed out. Trapped in San Francisco for months, Naomi can’t “take life” anymore – but when she goes to the Golden Gate Bridge to jump off, she meets someone who changes her mind.
If you like a story with romance and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KC Luck’s pause-resisting new book. This is a full-length novel that can be heard as a stand-alone book. However, it is closely tied to the previous three stories Darkness Falls, Darkness Remains, and Darkness United. These books have an end-of-the-world/dystopian theme but are significantly more focused on strong female characters in loving and sapphic relationships.
All the Reasons to Be Afraid by Logan Riley
Narrated by Jason Clarke, Emma Ashton
It took months for me to trust that Rachel – the imaginary “friend” who’d hurt me as a child – was gone, years to convince myself I was just a sick kid with an overactive imagination.
But I finally did it. I pulled it together, got well, and I never looked back.
On the day our school bus is knocked off an overpass, I’m just an average teen obsessed with becoming a professional dancer.
Now, suddenly my childhood tormentor is back and I’m on the run from Rachel and men-in-black types who want me dead.
But this time I’m not alone. Jessie, the scariest misfit at my school, has an invisible tormentor too. But it turns out Jessie’s not so scary. He’s kind, brave, and as committed as I am to keeping us both alive.
Together, I hope we can figure out why this is happening. I never dream our investigation will lead back to the hospital where Rachel first appeared or to dark secrets that give us both even more reasons to be afraid.
Invasion by Jay Allan
Narrated by R.C. Bray
The future holds all sorts of positive potential: technological advancement, increased life expectancy, improvements to society. But negative possibilities exist, too. Perhaps the worst of these is the arrival of an alien race – not just any alien race, but a hostile one intent on conquering humankind.
Hugh McDaniel lives in Queens, New York. He’s a genius, and he has been struggling to pick one area to focus his life’s work on. His brother and best friend, Travis, is a marine officer. They get along very well, despite their differences. When aliens suddenly invade and destroy their entire culture, they are forced to struggle together in the ruins.
At first they just tried to survive; to collect food, medicine, weapons, and to find other survivors. But now, they’ve set their sights higher: on resistance and reclaiming their planet from invaders.
The enemy doesn’t remain silent for long, and they start sending missions into the ruins, to gather humans and carry them off to unknown places with an unknown purpose. Hugh and Travis lead a constant battle against them; a fight against the enemy that will not end, that cannot end, until only one side remains. But Hugh has a forlorn plan: a way to, just maybe, defeat the impending massive assault on the humans of New York.
While Hugh frantically prepares his crazed operation, Travis leads the desperate mission to find the enemy and discover what they really want. And when he does, it is more terrible than anything he had ever imagined. He must return home to bring the news that the engagement between humans and aliens is absolutely a fight to the finish and that surrender isn’t even a possibility. But will he even have a home to return to?
Girl, Hunted by Blake Pierce
Narrated by Amanda Goettl
FBI Special Agent Ella Dark has studied serial killers from the time she could read, devastated by the murder of her own sister. Her encyclopedic knowledge of killers, though, is put to the test when a woman barely escapes from the car of a serial killer, and Ella compares it to past cases. But this killer may just be determined to do the one thing Ella never anticipates: to stray from his predecessors.
Girl, Hunted (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller) is Book 3 in a long-anticipated new series by number one best seller and USA Today best-selling author Blake Pierce, whose best seller Once Gone has received over 1,000 five-star reviews.
FBI Agent Ella Dark, 29, is given her big chance to achieve her life’s dream: to join the Behavioral Crimes Unit. Ella’s hidden obsession of gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of serial killers has led to her being singled out for her brilliant mind, and invited to join the big leagues.
But this killer knows more than he should, and he’s determined to outsmart her.
The deadly game of cat and mouse that follows leaves Ella wondering: do her talents have a limit?
Has she finally met her match?
A pause-resisting and harrowing crime thriller featuring a brilliant and tortured FBI agent, the Ella Dark series is a riveting mystery, packed with suspense, twists and turns, revelations, and driven by a breakneck pace that will keep you flipping pages late into the night.
Books 4-9 are also available!
The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu
Narrated by Feodor Chin, Greg Chun
A short story collection from New York Times best-selling author Cixin Liu. The title story, “The Wandering Earth”, was a blockbuster international film, currently streaming on Netflix.
These 11 stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award winners, are a blazingly original ode to planet Earth, its pasts, and its futures. Liu’s fiction takes the listener to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu’s stories show humanity’s attempts to reason, navigate, and above all, survive in a desolate cosmos.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books
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