Author: Tiffany Turpin Johnson

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What’s it about? Marriages aren’t always how they appear from the outside. Sometimes, they’re not even how they appear from the inside. That’s how it is with Nick and Amy. To anyone but their closest of friends, they have the perfect marriage so far, composed of a handful of years together in their glamorous city home punctuated by parties and sustained by Amy’s family wealth. On the inside, each thinks they are happy–or at least, that’s what we on the outside can tell from their alternating stories, Nick narrating directly to the reader and Amy’s story unfolding through the pages...

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

What’s it about? The title pretty much tells you all you need to know. I mean, we all remember when zombies nearly wiped out humanity, right? Wait, you don’t remember World War Z? Then you’re in for a deliciously creepy treat. Journalist Max Brooks sets out to commemorate the zombie revolution (now known as World War Z) by creating a documentary-like compilation of interviews with some of the war’s most amazing survivors, including some impressive military players. Appropriately, he starts at the beginning—with a survivor from a small Chinese town who personally witnessed the origin of the uprising with...

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

What’s it about? By the third (and last) book of the Hunger Games trilogy, all 12 districts (what’s left of them, at least) of the dystopian country of Panem are in outright rebellion. Seventeen-year-old Katniss Everdeen now lives in the previously unknown and underground District 13. Known as the Mockingjay, she’s become a sort of mascot for the rebellion, with all of the burdens and responsibilities that implies. This audiobook chronicles District 13’s fight for freedom from the Capitol for all of the Districts, with the goal that no one will ever again have to answer to the Capitol...

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

What’s it about? At the start of the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is failing to enjoy the so-called spoils of being a Hunger Games Victor. Against all odds, both she and Peeta Mellark (one side of her love triangle) have managed to survive the Games. Her mother, sister, and best friend Gale Hawthorne (who completes the triangle) are safe. The Capitol hasn’t (yet) taken revenge for her rebellious actions in the Games. As the story opens, we see that six months have passed since the Games. Katniss now lives in a swanky new...

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What’s it about? In the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives in a post-revolution used-to-be-America comprised of twelve dystopian districts now known as Panem. Every year the ruling class of the Capital picks one young boy and girl from each district to fight to the death in a televised event called the Hunger Games. Worst of all, the Games serve no solid purpose, hosted merely to show the districts that the Capital still controls the fates of all district inhabitants, including their children. When Katniss’ younger sister Prim is, against slim odds, chosen to...

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