lördag 17 mars 2012

Böcker där bara barnen är kvar

Har ni lagt märke till att det ramlat in en hel del böcker där alla vuxna av någon anledning har försvunnit och barnen är ensamma kvar? Tänkte tipsa lite om de jag hittat:

The Kindling (Fire-us #1) av Jennifer Armstrong och Nancy Butcher
   It is the year 2007.
   The world has been wiped out by a deadly plague that killed all the adults. Without them, children perished of hunger and disease. No more people, no more electricity, no more civilization -- just mildewed houses, overgrown yards, and abandoned cars. Yet on a highway strip outside a small town in Florida, the words "We're Still Here" are painted in letters big enough to be seen from an airplane -- although no planes ever cross the empty sky.
   Miraculously, seven children have survived among the ruins. They cannot remember their names, their families, or much else from the Before Time. But they have forged a new family, with new names: Mommy, Hunter, Teacher, Action Figure, Teddy Bear, Baby, and Doll.
   They must face each day with enough hope to endure and the strength to realize that there may be nothing out there worth living for. Then one day, a new kid shows up on their doorstep and changes everything. He invites them to join him on a dangerous journey to Washington, to find a man called President if he's still alive -- and seek the answers to the mystery at the heart of the Fire-us.

Första delen i en trilogi, de andra heter The keepers of the flame och The Kiln. De verkar vara ganska så lättlästa böcker, kan kanske vara bra att börja med om man inte är så van att läsa på engelska. Har själv inte läst dem men planerar att öra det i framtiden.

Gone (Gone #1) av Micheal Grant (Gone, Övergivna)
   In the blink of an eye.
   Everyone disappears.
   Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.

   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 and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

De tre första böckerna i den här serien finns redan översatta, Övergivna, Hunger och Lögner, och resten är på väg. Har läst de översatta böckerna och tycker väldigt mycket om dem, rekommenderar dem varmt.

The Enemy (The Enemy #1) av Charlie Higson (Fienden)
   They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?

Detta ska, om jag har förstått allt rätt, bli en trilogi. De två första böckerna, Fienden och Farsot, finns översatta till svenska. Jag har läst dem båda, helt okej böcker. Är definitivt nyfiken på att se hur Higson avslutar det hela.

Lockdown (Escape from Furnace #1) av Alexander Gordon Smith
   Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world

Fängelse för barn med monster som gömmer sig i varje skugga. Låter olidligt spännande. Något förlag där ute som känner för att översätta?
   Fösta delen i serien Escape from Furnace.

Variant (Variant #1) av Robison Wells
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
   He was wrong.
   Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
   Where breaking the rules equals death.
   But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape--his only real hope for survival--may be impossible.

Inhägnad internatskola med bara barn, låter som en mardröm. Självklart måste jag läsa den nån gång. Uppföljaren heter Feedback.

The maze runner (Maze runner #1) av James Dashner
   When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
   Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
   Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
   Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Älskar den här boken, och dess uppföljare The Scorch Trials. Tredje delen (som jag ännu inte läst) heter The Death Cure, och det finns snart en prequel som heter The Kill Order.

The rule of Claw (The rule of Claw #1) av John Brindley
   We enter a futuristic world and meet a band of sixteen year olds who were dumped in isolation at an early age. They're educated partly by gleaning facts from the few books in their possession, but primarily through their experiences of survival which features death and danger. A new threat emerges when the teens transcend their own rules and eat animal flesh. Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in the power struggles between the formidable raptors. In these beautiful beasts, she glimpses new forms of evolution which make her consider her own humanity. Soon she learns the frightening truth of their origins. And realizes the dangerous implications for herself and her friends.

Tonåringar som lever ensamma och försöker överleva i vildmarken låter som ett spännande tema.

Lord of the flies av William Golding (Flugornas herre)
   William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954.
   At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted.

Klassikern som nog de flesta har hört talas om. Jag skäms lite över att säga att jag inte läst den, men en vacker dag ska jag göra det. Finns också som film.

När jag ändå håller på kan jag passa på att nämna tv-serien The Tribe, som också den utspelar sig i en värld där alla vuxna är borta. I det här fallet har alla vuxna dött av ett virus och barnen och ungdomarna som är kvar är mer eller mindre beredda att göra vad som helst för att överleva.  De bildar "klaner", tribes, och det pågår i stort sett krig mellan en del av klanerna. Huvudpersonerna kallar sig för Mall rats, och serien följer dem när de försöker överleva, men också när de har mindre problem såsom kärlek, ätstörningar, vem som ska städa, vem som ska leda, och en hel del annat.
Allt som allt finns det fem säsonger, men eftersom det här är en bokblogg så måste jag såklart berätta att det finns en bok som utspelar sig efter det att serien avslutats, A new world. Det finns också en prequel , Power and Chaos. Den ska tydligen kretsa runt Zoot, också kallas Martin.


2 kommentarer:

  1. Åå, vad glad jag blev när jag såg att du skrev om The Tribe. Det är en av mina favoritserier. Vet inte hur många gången jag har sett den, så underbart awesome! Har du läst A New World? Den är superbra!Power and Chaos har jag velat läsa jättelänge, men har inte lyckats få tag på. Men gud vad glad jag blev att det finns någon mer som älskar The Tribe! :D

    1. Har bara sett första säsongen än så länge, hittar inte någonstanns på internet där jag kan titta och att köpa hem det är så dyrt :( Men ska definitivt läsa boken när jag sett färdit hela serien :)