The time has come. I am reading another big fat crazy (hi, Dune) that’s going to take a minute. Maybe it will be so non-stop fuck-yeah that I won’t be (occasionally) mentally cheating on it with every other book on my shelf… Or maybe it is a good time to do another reader’s poll. You decide! What should Nikki read next?
There are four books in the running. Vote in the comments. I will be watching and tallying as you do with bated breath.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The MaddAddam trilogy is now complete, and it is time I started at the beginning and read through this post-apocalyptic classic for 1000 Ways to End the World. I have already read and enjoyed The Year of the Flood, and I hear tell I’ll like this one even more.
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Hey look, a choice between Margaret Atwood, and fiction that has often been compared to Margaret Atwood’s work. And what a weird cover, right? Well, whatever that cover bodes, Native Tongue is said to be full of feminism, and language geekery, and impending revolution. Oo la la.
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Alien apocalypse! Reading this book will both give me new fodder for 1000 Ways to End the World and give me an author whose name starts with Y for that stupid alphabet challenge I was really into at the beginning of the year and now am ignoring. I know Erika liked it, and I know there are aliens, and I know that this book has been on my to-read shelf for over two years.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Erika also loved this book. So, I hear, did just about everyone who has ever touched it. This dystopian (ish?) young adult novel is about a town where everybody can hear everybody else’s thoughts. I’ve been told the narrative voice is amazing. I can’t wait to read it. But should I read it right now?
TIME TO VOTE
The last time we played this game, you decided that I should read City of Stairs next, and it was the best choice you could have made. Keep up the good work. Remember that whatever you pick is going to be following Dune. Vote in the comments. Cheer me on to glory.