When the current political climate gets a little too real, you can always turn to books for escape and understanding. Here are seven to inspire hope and rebellion in the days ahead.
Noughts and Crosses
This book is a heartbreaking depiction of a world filled with race and class division. We may never fully recover from the way that the book ends, but it stands as a reminder never to stop standing up for what is right.
The Establishment is a passionate plea for democracy in British politics, with Owen Jones breaking down how a small number of individuals control the country. This is the kind of book that makes you want to jump into action as soon as you close the final page.
Z for Zachariah
Following a nuclear war, sixteen-year-old Ann Burden is left alone, believing she is the only survivor. Then a man shows up at her shelter. He soon begins to take control of everything around them, and of her as well. Faced with this future, Ann makes the choice to leave safety behind and venture out on her own, showing that bravery and rebellion can sometimes mean turning and walking away.
And I Darken
Lada Dragwyla is not the kind of princess that people expect. Dark, angry and utterly brutal, she will stop at nothing to keep her brother safe. She's a character who inspires you to stay strong in the face of adversity, no matter how overwhelming it may seem.
In the first of the Lunar Chronicles we meet Cinder, a cyborg mechanic, and consequently a downtrodden and mistrusted member of her society. But when she stands up and challenges peoples preconceptions of her, she shows that the actions of even one person can make all the difference in the world.
The Young Elites
Adelina Amouteru survived a blood fever as a child, and was left scarred and changed. In her society, she is called a malfetto - an abomination - and her treatment by those around her creates a darkness in her heart that cannot be stopped until she has destoyed those in her path. The Young Elites is the first in a series that explores the creation of a villian through the failures of those around her.
The Queen of the Tearling
Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of the Tearling, and has grown up in hiding, far from the city she is to rule. However, when she comes of age she finds her society and history steeped in corruption. Instead of giving in for an easy life like her predecessors, she sticks to her moral code, while learning to compromise when it is fair. Kelsea teaches us to stay true to what we believe in, even when it makes our lives more difficult.