by Julianna Baggot
If you liked Hunger Games or The Passage, try Pure. A post-apocalyptic novel written by UNCG alumni Julianna Baggott. When the world ends with a bang there are two groups of survivors, those in the regular destroyed world and those who are safety encased in the government Dome. Those outside the Dome have become disfigured, merging with whatever was around them at the time of the Detonations, be it object, animal or the land they stood on. Those who live inside the dome, without disfigurement and sickness, are known as pure. The book centers around, Pressia, a 16 year old girl living outside of the dome and her adventures with other survivors as well as one boy who has lived his entire life within the authoritarian dome and suspects his mother may have survived outside of the Dome. Part-horror, part sci-fi, part coming of age, this first book in a planned trilogy will certainly engage many readers.
If you enjoy it, also try:
The Dispossessed: an ambiguous Utopia by Ursala K Le Guin
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (another North Carolina writer)
The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness