Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you engrossed through February.
The Resisters by Gish Jen
Gish Jen’s ironic and unsettling novel imagines a not-too-distant future. The U.S. has become AutoAmerica, a highly regulated state monitored by an AI called “Aunt Nettie.” The upper class — the Netted — is responsible for ruling and production, while the lower class — the Surplus — is tasked with unceasing consumption. When baseball becomes an Official National Pasttime, a Surplus teen’s pitching skills offer the chance to join the Netted — but at what cost?
The Resisters is a scathing indictment of how easily we give up our privacy and freedom, and a tribute to those who resist, no matter how futile the effort.
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
Thea Lim uses time travel to explore distance, love, and loss in this poignant pandemic story. Polly travels into the future — and indentured servitude — to pay for Frank’s treatment and save his life. For fans of Station Eleven by Emily St.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Magical doors offer an escape for refugees — but the unknown destinations are often as dangerous as their war-torn home countries. Amid the chaos, two young people fall in love. Mohsin Hamid’s luminous writing gives his novel a fairytale-like quality, even as it grapples with timely issues.
Emily Calkins is the readers’ services program coordinator for KCLS, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She also is the co-host of KCLS’ podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance.