The Silence of Bones

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Religious persecution & hate crimes (central theme)
  • Misogyny and gendered slurs
  • Slut-shaming
  • Ableist language
  • Indentured servitude*
  • Sexual assault (unwanted touching) mentioned (chp 9)
  • Suicide, attempted suicide & suicidal ideation recounted and discussed (multiple times)
  • Suicide from a fall mentioned (chp 1)
  • Suicide from hanging mentioned (chp 16)
  • Alcohol consumption mentioned
  • Pregnancy & childbirth mentioned
  • Death of a baby and infanticide recounted
  • Graphic blood & gore depiction
  • Graphic dead bodies and autopsy scene
  • Graphic physical injuries, illness & wound descriptions
  • Mutilation**
  • Needles
  • Nonconsensual branding and resulting scars recounted
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a brother (on-page)
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death from starvation & exposure to the cold mentioned
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Regicide (off-page)
  • Torture (one on-page scene, otherwise discussed or recounted)
  • Kidnapping and hostage situation
  • Whipping mentioned (chp 3)
  • Police brutality and violence
  • Drowning mentioned and near-drowning incident
  • Animal attack (chp 2)
  • Animal injuries mentioned (chp 9)
  • Animal death, hunting, and animal butchering mentioned
  • Poverty themes

*The main character is an indentured servant to the police.

**The serial killer cuts the noses off their victims.

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All Systems Red

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide attempt (on-page)
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Physical injuries
  • Death of colleagues (off page)
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • ‘Animal’ attack

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

Trigger Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Animal death (graphic & repeated), hunting, and animal illness mentioned
  • Animal dead bodies and graphic description of skinning & butchering
  • Animal attack and death from animal attack (including death from a wasp attack and a graphic scene of a child being eaten alive by a wolf)
  • Attempted murder of a pet cat recounted
  • Attempted suicide and self-sacrifice ideation
  • Avalanche mentioned
  • Blood and gore depiction (graphic)
  • Cannibalism recounted & discussed
  • Classism
  • Dead bodies (graphic, multiple)
  • Death from exposure mentioned
  • Death of a child (op, multiple)
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Death of a friend (op)
  • Death of a husband recounted
  • Drugging w/o consent
  • Emesis (graphic, multiple op scenes)
  • Explosions (op & recounted)
  • Fire
  • Graphic physical injuries (including burns & loss of hearing) and illness
  • Grief depiction
  • Hallucinations
  • Hostage situation
  • Knife violence and stabbing
  • Non-consensual medical treatment and procedures (including amputation)
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Needles
  • Poisoning
  • Police brutality mentioned
  • Poverty themes
  • Rebellion themes
  • Scars discussed
  • Serious illness of a loved one
  • Starvation & dehydration depiction (central theme) and death from starvation & dehydration mentioned
  • Strangulation
  • Whipping mentioned

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