by Yoli, Teen Librarian the Marmalade Branch
Libraries across the nation have seen an increase of checkouts of viral-themed books during the Covid-19 pandemic. We created this “Gone Viral” booklist to help you find some books that deal with pandemics, epidemics, quarantines, or viruses. The list includes both nonfiction and fiction selections. Check them out! Here’s an abbreviated list with some of my favorites!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
In Adelina Amouteru’s world, many people have succumbed to the “blood virus”. Her mother passed away when she was a child, leaving two daughters with their bitter and angry father. Adelina is a survivor, but bears some marks of the virus; she is missing one eye, and has silver white hair. The virus caused a mutation that gives her powers to create illusions. Adelina and other mutants are not welcomed by society; their physical changes and powers are considered demonic. She lives in an archaic time when a woman is expected to become a wife and mother, and since a marriage arrangement is out of the question, her father tries tries to sell her into slavery as a “mistress.” Instead of accepting her fate, she fights and runs, leaving her younger sister behind. Adelina meets other mutants, and they form an alliance against corrupt political rulers. As she learns to master her powers of illusion, she becomes an incredible fighter too. This book also explores how gaining power can make us lose sight of who we really are, and how family can be the key to remember the best parts of ourselves.
Thank you for reading my post about our library's Gone Viral booklist. Please take care of yourselves, and each other. And if you have any suggestions to add to this book list, please fill out this suggestion form.
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