A Taiwanese science fiction novel published in 1995, The Membranes is both a novel of and outside of its time. It extrapolates a future where humanity retreats underwater not due to the effects of global warning, but to escape deadly holes in the ozone layer. It's a future where the world's most powerful company sells its wares on computer discs. Yet in other respects-- its matter-of-fact approach towards sexuality, its narrative of young adulthood rebelling against parental and corporate control, and its last-minute twist that turns the whole book on its head--this is as modern a novel as you'll find published today. Whether as time capsule or prophecy, this novel holds up.
Celebrate The Great Gatsby's move to the public domain by reading this superior version of it! The Chosen and the Beautiful is languid and glamorous, boasting not only the perfect roaring twenties voice, but elements of magic and strangeness that beautifully fit both the story and its era. Vo's artful twists on the original novel give us a deeper look at wealth, racism, and queerness.
Morgenstern's luminescent, whimsical prose not only tells an absorbing, magical story, but creates a world readers won't want to leave. At its center is Zachary, who recognizes his own, unfinished story in a copy of The Starless Sea, a book in which a boy finds a painted door he decides not to open. Intrigued and unsettled by this uncanny parallel, Zachary is drawn into a mystery involving a masquerade, a handsome man, and the place he never expected to find--embarking on an adventure that blurs the lines of what he thought was possible.