A dystopian future and a conspiratorial past; the lord of dreams and two girls with nightmare families
Profile #28: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Profile by Beck Middleton.
A viral catastrophe has wiped out most of the human race, leaving genetically modified animals to roam the earth and Snowman struggling to survive. Through his flashbacks, we discover how he ended up alone in this dismal future, solely responsible for a strange tribe he calls the Crakers.
Profile #29: Imperium by Robert Harris. Profile by Victoria Hooper.
In ancient Rome, a brilliant young lawyer risks everything in a dramatic courtroom battle to prosecute a corrupt governor. But Marcus Cicero soon finds himself drawn deeper into the city's dirty politics and in-fighting than he could ever have imagined, as the fate of the Roman Republic itself hangs in the balance.
Profile #30: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Malcolm Jones III, and Mike Dringenberg. Profile by Hannah Givens.
The first volume of Neil Gaiman's award-winning Sandman series of graphic novels, known for its fusion of folklore, mythology, and modern fantasy. On escaping from a 70-year imprisonment, the Lord of Dreams must recover his pouch of sand, his helm and his dreamstone – a quest that will take him to the depths of hell.
Ruby: A teenage girl from the Louisiana bayou finds out she has an identical twin sister. But when Ruby comes face to face with her new family, a disturbing darkness awaits her.
Dawn: A girl from a poor family discovers an extraordinary secret about her past: as a baby she was kidnapped from a wealthy couple. But when she rejoins her real family, she finds she isn't as welcome as she expected.