I’m just about finished with the books I originally ordered for my Quarantine Review Series, so I decided I should probably order a few more. If you’ve missed it up until this point I’m doing a serious of Post-Apocalyptic book reviews and thinking about them alongside our current COVID-19 outbreak. So far it’s been a lot of fun and I have reviewed Severance by Ling Ma and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

I’ve just ordered five new books and here they are:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

In Mary’s world there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now, she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

(Description from Amazon)

This one is an old one but one I’ve always wanted to read. I love zombie apocalypse books so I have really high hopes for this one.

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd


Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

(Description from Amazon)

This novel is actually compared to Station Eleven on the Amazon page so I’m thinking this will be another good one. Hopefully it holds up.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. 

But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

(Description from Amazon)

This one isn’t really a post-apocalyptic book but it seems to me like it runs in the same vein as a ‘pandemic’ book.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere, is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town in Arizona, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant. 

The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol. Four of the nation’s most elite biophysicists are summoned to a clandestine underground laboratory located five stories beneath the desert and fitted with an automated atomic self-destruction mechanism for cases of irremediable contamination. Under conditions of total news blackout and the utmost urgency, the scientists race to understand and contain the crisis. But the Andromeda Strain proves different from anything they’ve ever seen—and what they don’t know could not only hurt them, but lead to unprecedented worldwide catastrophe.

(Description from Amazon)

So this book is super old but it’s being recommended all over the internet as a good ‘quarantine’ novel so I’m going to give it a shot.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointed at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

(Description from Amazon)

I’ve been curious about this book for a long time so I thought I’d pick it up and give it a go. I hope it’s a good one.

Do you know of any other post-apocalypse novels that I should buy? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “April Quarantine Book Haul

  1. AshleyRamey says:

    These all look so good! I seriously just spent the last hour organizing and updating my good reads account and now I’m going to have to add some of these to my read list! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m glad you’re interested. Keep your eyes out, I’ll hopefully be reviewing them soon!

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      1. AshleyRamey says:

        Awesomeness! Thanks!

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  2. dr.rasi gupta says:

    The power sounds like such an interesting read!
    I am intrigued! I will check it out!
    Great list with summaries too, thank you!

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  3. Louna says:

    I’m really intrigued by some of these books and may give them a go myself as I love anything apocalyptic and pandemic-y

    Thanks for an awesome & interesting post!

    Louna x

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  4. mehsi says:

    Wow, nice haul! I loved Forest of Hands and Teeth + The Girl With all the gifts (would also recommend the movie of that last one). Enjoy your new books!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I will definitely check out the movie after I finish the book

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      1. mehsi says:

        Yay, hope you enjoy. It is great!

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  5. anenglisheomanabroad says:

    Some great inspiration

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  6. *Flora* says:

    I have read a couple of dystopian themed books but it’s not my genre of choice. I did enjoy reading your post though and love that you’re actively seeking out these books during the current pandemic. 😘

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  7. I’m an OSU grad too! Go Buckeyes! Unless you’re talking about Oklahoma St. University lol

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    1. Oregon State 😂 I guess I should specify, whoops. Go Beavs!


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