Laura Knicklebine recommends:

“Never Let Me Go” Kazuo Ishiguro

 

In a strange, isolated boarding school, three children share childhoods together. They are “special” and brought up to believe so, until graduation day brings them to a grisly truth. Ishiguro’s novel is a subtle taste of science fiction. Disaster and beauty unfold together, at a miraculously slow pace.


 Max Heidelberger recommends:

Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

“Every summer I make it a point to read good sci-fi, and sci-fi doesn’t get much better than Octavia Butler. The Parable of the Sower tackles empathy, the collapse of government, and the intersection of religious thought with racial binaries. ”


 Jesse Bradley recommends:

Kelly Luce’s Pull Me Under.

 

It’s a beautiful, sublime novel that I couldn’t put down.

 


 Jessy Randall recommends:

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

 

I loved Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, a novel that takes place in an alternate reality where the Civil War never happened and four U.S. states still have legalized slavery.

 


 Benjamin Lee recommends:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

 

Originally an idea from Siobhan Dowd before she passed away from cancer, this low fantasy children’s novel is about a young boy struggling to live with his mother’s terminal illness and the monster that comes with it. Powerful storytelling that will surely leave you crying by the end. (it’s also a movie which just came out recently and it will also make you cry.)


 Claire Hopple recommends:

The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner

This debut short story collection is strikingly unique. The prose is experimental, entertaining and sharp in a way that makes it stand out from all others.


 Mallory Smart recommends:

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

This short story collection is a detached yet quirky account of the modern world. It’s everyday life through the lens of Murakami’s mind. It is strange and lonely. It is dark and funny. I highly recommend checking it out.